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Treadwell makes all the big plays for Crete-Monee

Crete-Monee's LaquTreadwell runs for touchdown during Saturday's Class 6A state championship game vs. Cary-Grove. | Paul Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media

Crete-Monee's Laquon Treadwell runs in for a touchdown during Saturday's Class 6A state championship game vs. Cary-Grove. | Paul Bergstrom~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 26, 2012 6:33AM



CHAMPAIGN — If there was any doubt that Crete-Monee senior Laquon Treadwell should be in the conversation as one of the best all-time players in Illinois history, it was confirmed Saturday afternoon.

Treadwell, who has narrowed his college choices to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State and Ole Miss, looked like a man among boys during Crete-Monee’s 33-26 Class 6A state title win over Cary-Grove.

“It’s my preparation,” said Treadwell, who scored on a 69-yard run and a 57-yard pass from Marcus Terrell. “The way I train helps this game become very instinctive to me.”

The wide receiver/safety/kicker had 178 all-purpose yards, including six catches for 85 yards and six rushes for 93 yards. His biggest play, however, occurred on defense in the third quarter when he intercepted a pass after a fumble recovery by Cary-Grove on the Crete-Monee 26-yard line.

Cary-Grove had just pulled to within 21-16. After Treadwell’s interception, Crete-Monee scored one play later on a 52-yard pass from Terrell to Lance Lenoir.

“He made some plays we’ve never seen people make before,” Cary-Grove second-year coach Brad Seaburg said of Treadwell, who tied two other teammates with a game-high 12 tackles. “The interception that he made in the third quarter was unbelievable. He was up at the line of scrimmage and jumped underneath our out route and made the play. He’s unbelievable.”

Treadwell wasn’t done. On the ensuing kickoff he was the first gunner down the field and made a solo tackle for no gain, garnering an overwhelming cheer from the crowd.

There still was more left for Treadwell to do. After the Trojans pulled to within seven with three minutes left, Treadwell recovered the onside kick.

His final contribution was a pair of bone-crushing hits on two incomplete passes on the Trojans’ final drive.

“He’s been making big plays since he was a sophomore,” Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde said. “That’s what kind of kid he is.”

The Warriors sniffed playoff success in 2009 and 2010 when they advanced to the state quarterfinals. The aroma of being a state champion now wafts through the hallways of Crete-Monee for the first time in school history.

The state title forever will be remembered as the one that was brought to them by Treadwell, clearly the best player in school history who provided one of the best individual performances in state championship history.



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