Toads, 'Cats football teams
ready to defend home turf
by Jesse Phelps
The Thacher School
The Toads are coming off another successful outing, having defeated
Lighthouse behind the forceful play of senior quarterback Brenton
Sullivan and senior wide-out Tyler Caldwell.
Caldwell scored a touchdown on the ground and caught five passes
for 200 yards and four touchdowns.
While Caldwell remains his favorite target, Sullivan completed
passes to four different receivers in an effort to spread the
"The last two weeks we've been trying to establish the pass
a little bit," said Thacher coach Jeff Hooper earlier this
week. "If we get into the playoffs, we need balance. Brenton
has really responded to that." Sullivan finished the game
nine for 17 with 221 yards and four touchdowns.
Thacher plays host to Hillcrest Christian of Thousand 0aks on
Saturday at 2 p.m. A victory, Hooper said, should assure the
Toads a CIF playoff berth.
The season of scoreboard frustration continued for Villanova
last week as the Wildcats were defeated by league-leading Faith
Baptist, 60-13. Still, Villanova coach John Muller saw some things
he liked. "We played to a 7-6 score after the first quarter,"
he said, "but in the end, their size and speed took over
Quarterback Nate Langelier was a bright spot for Villanova, rushing
for 100 yards and two touchdowns. A pleased Muller called it
a "very good day" for his signal caller.
The 'Cats junior varsity squad has also been a light in the school's
rather dim football season. For the past week, many of the varsity
players have been working to help the younger players mature,
said Muller. "Varsity's been a little short-handed at practice.
We're just working on staying healthy and getting prepared to
go on Friday."
Next up for the Wildcats is Santa Clarita Christian, at home
today at 2:30 p.m.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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