Future Cougar Report: Steven Thomas

After defeating cross-town rival Chino High School to go 1-0 in league play last week, Chino Hills High School faced a tough Glendora High School team in the second week of league play. Steven Thomas made big plays on offense, defense and special teams to help Chino Hills remain undefeated in the Southern Section's Sierra League.

"This Friday we played Glendora High School at Citrus College," said Steven Thomas. "We went into the game 1-0 in-league with our win over Chino High School last week. Glendora was coming into the game with a 0-1 record but left as 0-2."

True to past games, Thomas was again used as an offensive and defensive weapon by his coaches.

"We beat them 21-10," Thomas said. "I have not gotten the stats back from the game, but from memory I had 4 catches for about 40 yards."

Chino Hills quarterback struggled against the pass rush of Glendora but managed to find receivers most by scrambling out of the pocket. On several occasions, Thomas broke from his route to find the open spot in the field in an effort to help out his quarterback.

"Most of my catches were made coming back to the ball while our QB was scrambling," said Thomas. "We had to run out of our set routes to find an open area for our QB to reach us. Our offense played poorly this game again, but our defense stepped it up."

The Chino Hills defense, a unit already in possession of talented, quick athletes, was able to further utilize their speed on recently installed field turf at Citrus College where the game was held.

"We played at Citrus College and they just got a new turf field," said the BYU bound Thomas. "Our defense moved fast on it. Glendora runs the ball a lot using mostly a wing-T offense."

For the game, Chino Hills coaches revamped their defense to take full advantage of Thomas' speed and athleticism against the wing T offense of Glendora High School.

"We changed our defense from a 4-3, where I play safety, to a 4-4," Thomas said. "I got moved up to a middle backer position. Again, I do not have official stats but I can distinctly remember 4 solo tackles and 4 assisted."

On special teams, the Glendora coaches had scouted out Thomas and tried to kick the ball away from him. Knowing this, the Chino Hills coaches made some adjustments of their own.

"On special teams Glendora likes to "pooch kick" on the kick off team down to about the 25 yard line," said Thomas. "Our coach moved me from the return man to the next row up so I could return the ball. With little under 9 seconds left in the half, I ran back a kick off for about 70 yards to end the first half. I thought Glendora was a tough team, but they showed no respect for us by scheduling us for their homecoming game."


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