The Thunder Mountain High School Falcons are looking to become a dominant football team according to head coach Bill Byouer.
“We are working our kids hard to get another win,” Byouer said. “To be a dominant team we have to practice dominantly and play dominantly. We are never going to overlook a team or underestimate a team. I expect to win every week and so do my kids.”
The Falcons will play the Ketchikan Kings tonight at 8 p.m. on TMHS Falcons Field. The Falcons junior varsity will be playing the Seward Seahawks varsity at 5 p.m.
“We are looking forward to a good game,” Byouer said. “ We want to take care of business and get a win.”
Ketchikan is an inexperienced team this season and is coming off a 70-0 loss at Soldotna. A week earlier they fell to Sitka 30-8.
Two big losses, but against two quality teams.
The Kings have 13 of their 28 players just entering the ranks of high school football. The Ketchikan program has the support but they are young.
The Kings feature first-year quarterback Conner Hicks who has a passion for throwing the ball, and when that doesn’t work, running as hard as he can.
A win by Thunder Mountain makes a strong showing for the Southeastern Conference’s top position. A position the Falcons would like to continue to hold and host another playoff game like last season.
“Hopefully we can take advantage of their inexperience,” Byouer said. “If our offensive line and defensive line continues to do the work they have been doing, our running backs run the ball like they are supposed to we will be fine. “
The Falcons scored all five of their touchdowns from the run last weekend in their 35-6 win over Sitka.
“We need to improve our passing game,” Byouer said. “Our option game, and we need to improve on our blocking game. My kids are working hard, really hard, and I give them credit for that every day. We are going to play hard against Ketchikan.”
Byouer stated the Falcons are for real and have a great defense and great offense that the state will soon become aware of. One defensive gem has become the play of senior defensive back Chris Mack.
Mack has four interceptions in two games, tying the TMHS season record. Mack has the chance to set the record tonight.
“The kid is playing great football right now,” Byouer said. “He needs to continue to do that. We can’t have a day off, none of us can. We are not that deep.”
Villi Tupou has the starting quarterback and Ben Jahn is the number one outside linebacker in the Falcon position.
Jahn had 11 tackles, two sacks and an interception against Juneau-Douglas in the season opener.
Junior offensive lineman Austin Thomas has anchored the front line enough to allow the option offense to gel. With John Jolly, Josh Tupou and Joe Ia starting to break out in the backfield the Falcons will look to run first behind the holes Thomas creates.
“Thomas is an iron man,” Byouer said. “From start to finish.”