Thygerson’s energetic play fires up Wildcats

Fruita Monument linebacker Trey Thygerson loves to make the big hit, and that love for contact inspires his teammates. “He’s definitely on of the most intense guys you’ll see,” senior linebacker Dallas Bernal said.



Today, 7 p.m., Stocker Stadium


RECORDS: Glenwood 1-1; Fruita 0-2

LAST WEEK: Glenwood lost to Montrose 42-0; Fruita did not play.

GAME NOTES: Fruita coach Sean Mulvey is pleased with his team’s play so far, despite losses to two ranked teams. “At the start of the season, I felt we had a team full of fighters and a lot of heart,” Mulvey said. “I felt those things have been reaffirmed. We have some little things that need fixed scheme-wise where we had kids missing assignments both on offense and defense.” ... Glenwood Springs running back Hunter Hill (5-9, 160) rushed for 164 yards in the Demons’ 33-7 win over Basalt two weeks ago. ... The Demons won the Class 3A Western Slope Conference title last season and reached the state championship game. They defeated Fruita Monument 36-28 along the way. ... “(The Demons) did a lot of good things on us (last year). They are well-coached. They adapted to what we do and ran the ball well on us,” Mulvey said. “They were able to throw the ball in situations they needed to throw. I didn’t do a good job adjusting.”


Friday, 4 p.m., Stocker Stadium


RECORDS: Fort Collins 1-1; Central 0-2

LAST WEEK: Fort Collins lost to Douglas County 39-38 in overtime; Central lost to Chatfield 26-21.

GAME NOTES: The Warriors forced Chatfield into some third-and-long situations, but were unable to force the punt. “We had trouble stopping their counter,” Central coach Vern McGee said. “There were things we were doing wrong, but I’m happy with our effort.” ... Fort Collins blew a two-touchdown halftime lead in its overtime loss to Douglas County. “(The Lambkins) won’t be happy coming in after losing in overtime. They are big and physical up front and like to run the ball. We don’t match up well with that,” McGee said. ... Fort Collins quarterback Chase Thurgood reminds McGee of his quarterback, Taylor Sanchez, in his ability to run the football and throw it downfield. ... Fort Collins defeated Central 42-7 last season in Fort Collins.

Standley lake vs. No. 1 grand junction

Friday, 8 p.m., Stocker Stadium

RADIO: 95.1-FM (KKNN), 1340-AM (KTMM).

RECORDS: Standley Lake 1-1; Grand Junction 2-0

LAST WEEK: Standley Lake lost to Longmont 41-6; Grand Junction defeated Overland 35-0.

GAME NOTES: After giving up 35 points in a season-opening win against Highlands Ranch, the Tigers defense stiffened with a shutout against Overland, but the Tigers say they can play even better. ... Standley Lake lost 19 starters from last season and is coming off a loss to Longmont, ranked third in Class 4A. “Standley lake is a tough opponent,” Grand Junction coach Robbie Owens said. “They’re going to be straight-forward in their approach.” ... Grand Junction defeated Standley Lake 42-6 last season in Westminster.

No. 3 Palisade vs. Roaring Fork

Friday, 7 p.m., Carbondale

RADIO: none.

RECORDS: Palisade 2-0; Roaring Fork 0-2.

LAST WEEK: Palisade defeated D’Evelyn 45-35; Roaring Fork lost to Battle Mountain 42-0.

GAME NOTES: The Bulldogs ran the ball when they needed to last week, with a 90-plus-yard drive for a score in the fourth quarter. “When you can chew up the clock at the end of the second half like we did and keep that (D’Evelyn’s) offense off the field, that’s like a good defense,” Palisade assistant coach Matt Borgmann said. “That high-powered offense is tough to stop.” Still, Palisade has some areas it needs to improve, Borgmann said. “We had 10-12 penalties against D’Evelyn. We have a lot of little things we need to fix. Down the road when we see great teams, they’ll take advantage of those things.” ... Although Roaring Fork is a smaller school, the Rams are similar in size and play a similar physical style. “They have some bigger kids and are a physical team,” Borgmann said. “I think our kids will be surprised how tough they are.” ... Palisade defeated Roaring Fork 53-13 last season at Stocker Stadium.

Other Games to Watch

No. 5 Olathe (1-1) at Rifle (2-0), 7 p.m., Friday: The Bears handed Olathe one of its four losses in the past four years last season with a ball-control offense. They will need to do that again for another win.

No. 4 Aspen (2-0) at No. 2 Hotchkiss (2-0), 7 p.m., Friday: The Skiers wore down Hotchkiss last year, but Aspen doesn’t have Nicky Ufkes this season.

Delta (1-1) at Coal Ridge (1-1), 7 p.m., Friday: The Titans look to bounce back after a loss to Garfield County rival Rifle. Delta wants to build on its victory over Montezuma-Cortez.

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.”


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