Toads trample I.C., 50-24,
in first home game
by Misty Volaski
The Thacher School's football squad has been having a lot
of firsts this year. First-ever team, first-ever win, first game
ever played on the Thacher campus.
And things seem to be looking up. So far, the Toads have won
games against Peace in the Valley and Immanuel Christian and
aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
The guys, who have only been an official team for a little more
than a month, have greatly improved their defensive skills, said
head coach Jeff Hooper.
Led by Graham Douds (defensive end) and Robert Cerda (linebacker),
the Toads kept up a strong line which proved nearly impenetrable
by Immanuel Christian in last weekend's first-ever home game.
"Our kids played a great first half defensively," said
Hooper. They (Immanuel Christian) made mistakes throughout the
game, and we capitalized on them."
The Toad offense provided enough touchdowns - Owili Eison and
Tyler Caldwell each had three - to allow second-stringers a chance
on the field.
"We were a little bit bigger and I think that helped a lot,"
noted Hooper. "My biggest concern was to get the kids to
become more comfortable with the physical aspect of football.
This game was a big breakout for us. You can practice forever
but the kids really have to work it out themselves on the field,
and this game gave us the chance to do that."
Thacher was previously scheduled to play Ventura County Christian
Saturday, but due to widespread illness on the VCC team, it is
unclear whether or not the Toads will play this weekend.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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ACOSTA, WARD SORRICK and Sam Felton work together to take down
an Immanuel Christian player. Coach Hooper said his defense is
much improved since their last game.