Moline found itself dealing with too much Marcus Terrell too soon Friday night.
The Crete-Monee quarterback threw for 439 yards, hitting his first eight passes as part of an 18-of-27 performance, to lead the Warriors to a 37-13 win over the Maroons at Browning Field.
"We knew what they were going to do, but there wasn't anything we could do to stop it," Moline coach Crick Sant Amour said after his team's loss to Illinois' fifth-ranked Class 6A team.
The Maroons hoped to work the clock and run the ball to slow Terrell, who entered the game averaging 271.5 passing yards in the Warriors' first two victories.
Instead, Moline managed just two first downs in the opening quarter as Crete-Monee pulled away to a 7-0 lead. The Warriors' first four touchdowns came on passes of 58, 90, 72 and 80 yards.
"We have to quit spotting teams leads," Sant Amour said. "It's something we talked about. Once we started to make our reads and run our offense, we moved the ball, but we were down by three scores and it took us more than a quarter to make that happen."
Crete-Monee finished with 503 yards of total offense, but Moline (1-2) did pile up 365 yards itself, all on the ground.
Quarterback Garrett Miner led the Maroons with 133 yards on 12 carries. DeShawn Johnson added 98 before exiting late in the first half with a rib injury.
Miner and backup quarterback Marc Ashcraft accounted for the Maroons' scores. Miner busted free for a 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Ashcraft scored from 8 yards out late in the game.