Cross and Forester

Steven Forester and Caden Cross, center front, are surrounded by their Maricopa football teammates during a signing ceremony to play at Crown College in Minnesota.

MARICOPA — In the past three years, Maricopa has sent 17 football players to college to continue their academic and athletic career. On Thursday, the program added two more.

Rams wide receiver Steven Forester and defensive back Caden Cross have committed to attend Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.

Forester, 5-foot-6 and 165 pounds, played in six games for the Rams and recorded two catches for 34 yards. Also, he played at running back with eight carries for 11 yards. A two-way player, Forester totaled seven tackles on defense.

“Crown felt great to me,” said Forester. “It was the perfect fit and I feel like I can help the program. I wanted to be with my teammates and I wanted to do what was best for me.”

Cross, 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds, played in eight games this past season and recorded 20 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery. Cross’ interception came against Saguaro and was returned for a 75-yard touchdown. It would be the first touchdown the Sabercats allowed in the season.

“This was a perfect opportunity,” said Cross. “Crown needed more defensive backs and I’m ready to get out there for them and try my best. It can be special teams, defense or anything, I’m going to give it my all.”

The two Rams will be joining another Maricopa teammate, Zion Morgan, who committed to be a Storm in February. Crown College is a Division III in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

“These guys are great football players and students,” said Brandon Harris, who stepped down as Maricopa’s football coach after the season. “It’s good to see your players attend a high academic school like Crown. Steven is very quick and hard to catch. Caden is a fundamental football player. They are going to do well.”

At Crown, Forester will have the opportunity to have the football in his hands and showcase his speed and quickness. Cross will be used in situations such as a boundary cornerback and possibly be getting some work as a wide receiver.

Under Harris, Maricopa has sent 19 student-athletes to play collegiate football and is expected to have another player committing soon in Hunter Taylor.