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Crete-Monee's quarterback Marcus Terrell (10) looks down field to pass vs Lemont at the IHSA class 6A semifinal's and Crete-Monee won 28-27 held at Lemont, Illinois on Saturday, November 17, 2012. | Larry Kane~For Sun-Times Media
When you throw the ball to one of the best high school receivers in the country, it’s easy to be taken for granted.
Superstar receiver Laquon Treadwell is the most sought-after receivers in the country. Even so, Marcus Terrell is awfully impressive in his own right. The 6-2 senior quarterback has amassed more than 5,000 yards of total offense in his two years directing the Warriors’ attack.
Crete-Monee (13-0) is 23-1 in those games. Terrell is the perfect mixture of moxie, toughness and talent. He also scored a 30 on the ACT.
His quickness and agility are big reasons Crete-Monee is marching toward history as the Warriors prepare for the Class 6A title game against Cary-Grove, their first state title-game appearance, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign.
“Mentally, the game has just slowed down for Marcus, and he understands everything so well, especially in making the leap from his junior to senior years,” Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde said.
Terrell directed two late scoring drives and scored the game-winner on a two-point conversion run in the Warriors’ 28-27 victory over Lemont in the semifinals. On the game-winning play, Terrell improvised after dropping back, bursting through an opening and into the end zone.
“It just comes with preparation,” he said. “We have the kind of players that know how to make changes on the fly.”
Entering the state final against the Trojans (13-0), Terrell has completed 219 of 326 passes for 3,127 yards and 35 touchdowns. He has a 5-1 touchdown-interception ratio. Treadwell has caught 75 passes for 1,339 yards and 15 touchdowns. Lance Lenoir has 64 catches for 1,046 yards and 14 scores.
Terrell is also a perfectionist who blames himself for the Warriors’ second-round playoff defeat to Peoria Richwoods last year.
“I wanted to be better,” Terrell said. “That loss pushed me personally to really work harder.”