Future Cougar Report: Steven Thomas

Chino Hills High School took on its cross-town rival last weekend, and Steven Thomas played a big part in a big win for the Huskies. The BYU-bound safety gave TotalBluleSports.com a rundown of his performance in the game. In a few months, Cougar fans will get to see Thomas in person when he brings his game to Provo.

Since 1971, Utah's Division-I colleges have battled in gridiron supremacy over a boot trophy estimated to be over 100 years old. BYU, Utah and Utah State would play each other every year, and the team with the best record against the other two got to keep the boot in its trophy case for the year.

In the state of California, Chino Hills High School and Ayala High School have had a similar contest for the past two years called the "battle of the bone."

"This past week we played our cross town rivals, Ayala High school," Steven Thomas said. "Ayala High School was a tough scrappy team but didn't know how to put a full game together. There record is 0-8 after playing us as we beat them 42-21. This game is one of the biggest games of the year because we have such a good rivalry. We have a contest for the ‘Battle of the Bone.'"

Following the game the winner is presented with a trophy, a trophy that Chino Hills has yet to relinquish since the start of the rivalry.

"There is a trophy and every year it is up for grabs," Thomas said. "We just started this two years ago and we have had the bone ever since."

During the game against Ayala High School, Thomas again played both ways receiving spotted duties on offense when needed. Chino Hills' coaches continue to plug Thomas in at both offensive and defensive positions if the situation arises.

"I continued playing both ways and special teams," said Thomas. "I played tailback for a play because our starter needed a quick breather. I ran a counter for five yards and that was my only rush of the game. We did not throw the ball very much this game because our running game was clicking so we stayed to the ground."

In addition to his one carry, Thomas had one reception for 20 yards. He also put up some impressive numbers on defense and special teams.

"On defense I had a total of 9 tackles, 3 solo and 6 assist," said Thomas. "On special teams, I had 4 punt returns for 88 yards and my longest went for 38 yards."


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