Thygerson’s energetic play fires up Wildcats
Trey Thygerson has an old-school mentality.
He loves to make the big hit.
The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker at Fruita Monument High School has had a passion for the game since his junior football days.
It was apparently clear to his junior football coach, who first put him at linebacker.
“Trey has natural instincts,” Fruita coach Sean Mulvey said. “He watches film and is always looking to get better. He goes 150 miles an hour. He’s an emotional spark plug. He’s a kid everybody rallies around.
“They see the work he puts in. He lifts hard in the weight room. He wants to be excellent. I think it rubs off on everyone around him. He’s the epitome of a student-athlete.”
His teammates offered their thoughts on the Wildcats’ high-energy linebacker.
“He’s definitely one of the most intense guys you’ll see,” senior linebacker Dallas Bernal said. “You can see it in his eyes. You look at him and think, ‘That’s a scary dude.’ “
“He does bring intensity,” quarterback Zach Thorpe said. “We have a great group of seniors. All of the linebackers are seniors except one. They bring the intensity every day and make us go all-out.”
Thygerson is the leader of the defense, which is much more confident and comfortable in the base 4-4 defense Mulvey installed last year and run by Andrew Decker this year. Eight starters return.
Fruita (0-2) has allowed 35 points and nearly 200 fewer yards on defense in its first two games this season compared to last season.
That has given the Wildcats an opportunity to compete against the Class 5A top-10 teams they’ve played.
“We’ve all been playing since our sophomore year,” Thygerson said. “It took us a while to adjust to the defense at first, but after we got it, it’s set.
“Having all the seniors makes a big difference. It’s our last hurrah.”
Thygerson leads the team with 26 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery.
He doesn’t just perform on the football field — he’s also making the grade in the classroom.
“For me, (academics) a big deal, because that’s what our future is in,” Thygerson said. “We’re not all going to be playing football all the time. If I don’t get a football scholarship, I’ll have academics that will help me through college.”
Thygerson, though, is hoping to play college football.
For now, he’s focused on getting a win tonight against Class 3A Glenwood Springs (1-1).
“We’re going to respect everyone, but fear no one,” Thygerson said. “We feel like we can beat anyone every week.”