ANDERSON — When Anderson High’s Christian Teague and Marquice Crowell were in elementary school, they never knew how much of a threat they would be on the field.
Flash forward seven years later, and they’re arguably the best wide receiver duo in Shasta County and the Northern Section.
Crowell and Teague didn’t just become good overnight, nor a year. The two multi-sport athletes spent countless hours since they were young pushing one another to their limits and beyond in order to put them in the position they are today. From camps every summer to the weight room, the pair have solidified a bond, which has been one of the keys to success as they enter the final stretch of their varsity career with a record of 4-1.
“I’ve known Marquice (Crowell) since the fifth grade and we push each other to the fullest,” said senior wideout Teague.
“When you have speed like us and you push yourself to try to be the best there is, there is no limit for our potential. We take pride in doing it for our school and our family on the field.”
Anderson entered the season initially with a “run-it-down-your-throat” style of offense with a staggering offensive line. Due to injuries, the Cubs decided to put more of the offense through their pass-catching stars. With starting quarterback Mason Fuentes going down in the first game of the season, it allowed backup Gator Wilson to step in and air it out, creating the golden opportunity for the Cubs’ elite receivers.
They are the only two Northern Section players ranked in the top 10 for receiving yards and touchdowns and it happens to be that they play for the same team. Combining for 872 yards of the team’s offense through the air on 34 catches, the duo creates havoc for the defense.
Crowell leads not just the county, but the section in receiving yards (526) and touchdowns (8) throughout five games on the year. His speed, ability to target long passes and haul them in, along with his glue-like hands makes it difficult for opposing cornerbacks and safeties to match up.
“We wouldn’t be the best duo if it wasn’t for our huge offensive line giving Gator time to get us the ball,” said Crowell.
As for Teague, his 6-foot-3 size gives him the advantage on nearly all his defenders. His ability to high-point passes at their apex, mixed with his size and leaping ability, causes headaches for defenses. He ranks eighth in the section in receiving yards with 346. He also has four touchdowns on the season, tied for fifth most in the section. Both also star on defense with Teague ranking second in the section with four interceptions.
The two have one thing on their minds as this season may be the final time in their lives where they compete on the same field — a trip to the Division III Section final. A test comes Friday night in Cottonwood as they face intradistrict rival and the defending D-III champion West Valley Eagles in the Tri Counties Bank Game of the Week.
Two years ago, Crowell was a part of a Cub squad that lost to the Eagles in the regular season, but defeated them in the semifinal 24-21. Although, ultimately falling short in the championship game to Sutter. Last year, West Valley shut out Anderson on their own field 26-0 and went on to win the section. Friday is a chance at redemption for Crowell, Teague and the Cubs.
“We hate to lose, I think that’s what drives us most,” said senior captain Crowell.
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