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Wilson tosses 5 TDs as Anderson outlasts Oroville 49-42 in wild shootout

Cubs QB Gator Wilson throws 5 TDs win road victory

Anderson quarterback Gator Wilson, pictured from earlier this season, threw for five touchdown passes -- four of which to Marquice Crowell -- in the 49-42 road win at Oroville Friday night. (FILE -- Maddie Harrell/Shasta County Sports)
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OROVILLE — If big plays are your fancy, there was no better place to be than Harrison Stadium Friday night.

Anderson led from start to finish over Oroville High on the Tigers’ homecoming night, walking out with a 49-42 win, but not before a back-and-forth stretch midway through the third quarter that perfectly encapsulated the breakneck pace both teams played at.

With a little over 6 minutes remaining in the quarter, Oroville capitalized on an Anderson high snap over quarterback Gator Wilson’s head that rolled into the end zone for a safety, bringing Oroville within 34-23.

That’s when Oroville’s Kacie Riley, a 5-foot-9, 230-pound bruiser, took a handoff from quarterback Troy Moench at the Cubs’ 39-yard line, cut to his left side and found space. He broke two initial tackles, before another two Anderson defenders tried to corral him but couldn’t. Dragging them both, he stretched to the corner of the pylon for a score. The Oroville sideline broke out into a frenzy, suddenly trailing by only five points, 34-29.

“He’s a good runner, man,” Oroville head coach Steve Steinmann said.

“Those types of things … it kind of shows everybody else what we’ve been trying to work on in practice about effort and giving everything you’ve got for your teammates. That’s what he did there. It kind of got all the other guys going. You get a couple things like that going and everybody else responds.”

Anderson (2-1), however, had another response of its own, similar to how the rest of the game played out. On the Cubs’ seventh offensive play, quarterback Gator Wilson threw in the flat to Marquice Crowell, who turned a would-be short gain into a 28-yard score.

It was Wilson’s fifth touchdown pass of the night and Crowell’s third score though the air.

“We knew that they were going to come out strong; Oroville’s a really good team,” Crowell said. “But we always play for each other, we always keep our heads up. Whenever something went wrong … we use a term called ‘amnesia’ — we always forget about it and move on. We always keep moving forward.”

Even as Oroville (1-2) came back with another quick score, as Isiah Price scored on a 49-yard sweep, in which Anderson’s Christian Teague missed on a tackle, Teague returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, putting the Cubs back in front by two scores, 49-36.

“We had a tough time defending in space tonight,” Steinmann said. “They’re a good football team. We tried to give them everything we got tonight, and we ended up short.”

The game stayed within reach for the Tigers deep into the fourth quarter, after the Cubs went three-and-out with less than eight minutes left. A shanked Anderson punt gave Oroville the ball at the Cubs’ 27. The Tigers put together a six-play drive, ending in a four-yard Riley touchdown — his third of the game — with 4:53 left. Crowell ended with six catches for 193 yards and four touchdowns.

“It just shows the motivation and grind we have as a team, to grind through no matter what, always try to come back, always push ourselves to our limits,” Riley said. “I just think that was a good thing for us — just to know how to grind as a team.”

Anderson was able to play keep away from there, gaining three first downs on the ground, before Devin Wilson clinched the win at the 1:10 mark on a third-down run to keep the sticks moving.

“It definitely brushed the loss off our shoulders two weeks before, but it definitely motivates us to keep going,” Crowell said. “To put numbers like that, and put up stats like we did tonight, it definitely brings the whole team motivation … It was definitely a good feeling for a win.”

The score

Anderson 49, Oroville 42

Up next: Oroville at Central Valley, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27

Northern Athletic League (NAL)


Anderson 49, Oroville 42
Anderson * 13 * 14 * 22 * 0 * — * 49
Oroville * 0 * 14 * 22 * 6 * — * 42

First quarter
A — Crowell 79 pass from G. Wilson (Melendez kick), 8:11.
A — Teague 21 pass from G. Wilson (kick failed), 4:05.
Second quarter
O — Moench 4 run (pass failed), 10:10.
A — Crowell 48 pass from G. Wilson (Melendez kick), 8:09.
O — Riley 3 run (Riley run), 5:07.
A — Crowell 65 pass from G. Wilson (Melendez kick), 4:00.
Third quarter
A — D. Wilson 1 run (Melendez kick), 8:35.
O — Moench 20 run (Finn kick), 6:40.
O — Anderson safety, 6:22.
O — Riley 39 run (kick failed), 5:43.
A — Crowell 28 pass from G. Wilson (Crowell pass from Wilson), 2:51.
O — Price 47 run (Finn kick), 2:38.
A — Teague 90 kickoff return (Melendez kick), 2:27.
Fourth quarter
O — Riley 4 run (kick failed), 4:53.

Individual statistics

Rushing — Anderson, D. Wilson 20-93, Chestnut 5-24, Schubert 5-12, Crowell 1-2, G. Wilson 1-1. Oroville, Riley 22-278, Hughes 12-67, Price 8-54, Moench 5-25, Rangel 4-13.
Passing — Anderson, G. Wilson 11-14-1-321. Oroville, Moench 3-16-1-10
Receiving — Anderson, Crowell 6-193, Teague 3-103, D. Wilson 2-25. Oroville, Price 2-7, Riley 1-3.

Will Denner is a sports reporter at the Chico Enterprise-Record. A native of Portland, Oregon, Will graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016.


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