Wow! I did not see Thatcher beating Willcox at all. Willcox was outcoached, outhuslted, and outplayed. I wrote Thatcher out of the picture after losing to Tempe Prep. I have heard alot about Willcox having the edge in team chemistry, coaching, and superior athletes. Heard that is was the other way around in the game last night.
I thought Thatcher had better athletes, but hadn't put it all together yet and lacked team chemistry earlier on. I figured Willcox would win but Thatcher found a spark and seem to be cooking right now. I think they beat Tempe Prep.
Thatcher jumped to a 20-0 lead in the beginning of the 2nd quarter, then Willcox scored twice to end the half. Thatcher got the ball to start the 2nd half, and took 8 minutes off of the clock to score. They forced a turnover, got the ball again, and scored. In the 4th quarter Willcox scored to make it 34-21. Thatcher got the ball back and ran the clock down to 1:17 and scored. Willcox ran the kickoff back to the 10 and scored once again. Thatcher got it, and ran the clock out, game thatcher
I thought that Willcox was the better team and would win, but after watching them play Friday night it was very evident that Thatchers was the better team. Willcox has a couple fo very good athletes but man for man, Thatcher took it to them.
Thatcher had a drive going that would have put them up another score with just over a minute to go in the first half. An ill advised pass was picked off and ran back to mid field. This allowed Willcox to score their second touchdown right before the half ended.
I think that Thatcher might be vulnerable to the pass as Willcox moved the ball best when they were throwing it against them.
Thatcher dominated in every aspect of the game friday night. the defense had a few minor mistakes but more than made up for it with their punishing hits throughout the game. Senior Derek Aaron is a great linebacker and the rest of the defense is very solid. with a 55 point game against morenci, and a 41 point game against wilcox it is obvious that the eagles offense is firing on all cylinders. the pass game is very efficient and the bryce brothers deliver a punishing smashmouth style running game. the thatcher eagles are on a revenge run so far in the playoffs and will have an opportunity to play tempe prep again this saturday. this should be a great game. as a former player at thatcher it is great to see the eagles playing so dominant! its your year boys, GO TAKE IT.
This is great to hear that thatcher is getting it together right at the right time. They showed they were the better team the first time they played and wilcox barely held them off. Glad they won this game and I am sure they are looking to beat another team who has beat them in the regular season. After a rough start they are stepping it up at the right time and look for the eagles to make a deep run in the playoffs!