Akise Teague Is A Player To Remember

Youngstown [Ohio] Ursuline junior athlete Akise Teague was the most dominant player on the field in Ursuline's 55-25 victory over Coldwater in the Division-V state championship game. Teague starred on both sides of the football, scoring three touchdowns in the romp. Bill Greene caught up with him after the game and filed this report.

Youngstown [Ohio] Ursuline defeated Coldwater 55-25 to win the Division-V state championship Friday afternoon at Fawcett Stadium in Canton. It was the second state title in a row for Ursuline, and their third overall.

Ursuline junior Akise Teague was the most dominant football player on the field for Ursuline, rushing for 119 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Teague also excelled at his defensive back spot, as well as returning kicks for the Irish.

"This feels tremendous, and I can't believe we won it all again," Teague said of his team's victory. "To be the first team from Youngstown to win back-to-back championships is amazing. I feel like we're on top of the world right now."

With a lot of starters returning for 2010, might Ursuline be able to win three in a row?

"Winning a third title in a row would be amazing and that will definitely be our goal for 2010," he admitted. "We have to see how that goes, but once we get back to working out after first of the year that will be our motto."

Teague, 5-foot-8, 175-pounds, used his great speed and tremendous cutting ability to completely overwhelm the Coldwater defense.

"I have to credit our offensive line for the win, because if they don't play well, we don't play well," he stated. "Our offensive line is the heart of our team. I just rely on them to get me in the clear, and once that happens, nobody will catch me. We knew we had to start fast and pressure them right from the start. I just felt like I had an advantage on offense and defense because I was faster than anyone else they had."

Although his size might seem like a detriment, Teague more than makes up for it with superior athletic ability. His talent has not gone unnoticed by college recruiters.

"I want to play college football some day and I've gotten a lot of mail this year," Teague said. "I've got a lot of schools looking at me, but I don't have a true favorite at all. I'm hearing from Cincinnati, Ohio State, Pitt and West Virginia, as well as most of the MAC schools. I'm going to use the off-season to get bigger and stronger, then I will go to the camps and see who wants to offer me a scholarship."

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