By Annie Langan ’18
On Friday, September 9th, the varsity football team journeyed over six hours to Alamo, Nevada to play Pahranagat Valley. Thacher’s loss to the team last year (30-34) was the closest Pahranagat has come to losing a game in the last eight years.
Pahranagat had set the national record for most consecutive wins for a high school eight man team (94) a few days prior to the game this year.
At half time, Thacher trailed 8 to 14 after impressive defensive play in the 2nd quarter, stopping Pahranagat on 4th down and 1. Despite a great offensive effort the Toads did not score for the rest of the game and ended up losing 22-8.
The game was the beginning of the end for senior leaders Jacques Robles and Laurence Jackson, the first and only football players in Thacher’s history to be on varsity all four years. The team is also led by the other seniors: Zion Alcindor, Jackson Carroll, Bob Farrelly, Reese Proctor, and Braden Roh.
After finishing second in the state for eight man football their sophomore year and losing in the second round of playoffs their junior year, the seniors are ready for this to be the best year yet. Jacques Robles ’17 has hopes for a successful season, “It’s been a slow start but we are going to the championship.”
Zion Alcindor ’17, “We are without a doubt a championship team. The team has superb senior leadership, a determined mentality and an unbreakable bond.”
Laurence Jackson ’17 adds, ”We are a good team and have to keep working hard.”
Mr. Hooper, head coach of the team, expresses his excitement for the upcoming season, “In terms of how we’ve practiced and the senior leadership, this is one of the best and most enjoyable teams to coach that I’ve experienced.”
With only three home games, Mr. Hooper hopes people will come to support the team on the field. There are two home games left, both on Saturdays: October 22nd and October 29th (against Cate!), so come to the lower field to see “Who’s got that swag.”