Mica Mountain is 2-0 in its first year of playing varsity football games, and the belief of coach Pat Nugent and his staff that the Thunderbolts are ready for more high-level competition has them wanting more games this season.
Nugent received a call from Mesa Mountain View coach Joe Germaine on Sunday about potentially filling a spot on the Toros’ schedule to reach 10 regular season games. Mountain View is in the 6A Central, while Mica Mountain is labeled a 4A independent.
The coaches agreed to play a game Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mica Mountain, which canceled a scheduled junior varsity game with Tucson High School to make it happen.
“We need to challenge our kids so we can get better next year,” mentioned Nugent, whose program defeated Coolidge 13-7 at home on Sept. 24 and won at Douglas 42-6 on Friday despite the school being only in the second year of existence.
Mica Mountain has another varsity game scheduled at home against Amphi on Nov. 5.
“Still looking for more,” Nugent stated.
Germaine is a former Ohio State and NFL quarterback who is coaching at his alma mater.
He led the Buckeyes to the 1997 Rose Bowl victory over Arizona State before embarking on an NFL career that spanned four seasons before he played in the Arena Football League.
He coached Queen Creek to success after becoming a head coach there in 2010. He coached the Bulldogs to the 4A state championship in 2012. He stepped down to offensive coordinator shortly after and let Travis Schureman take over. But in 2019, Germaine again took over as head coach after Schureman stepped down to an assistant position.
The Bulldogs went 15-7 in the 6A Conference with Germaine in his second stint as head coach before returning to Mountain View this season.
Mountain View is 4-1 this season, coming off its first loss Friday, a 20-3 decision at Mesa Red Mountain.
Mica Mountain defeated Douglas in its first varsity road game in program history behind freshman quarterback Jayden Thoreson completing 7 of 10 pass attempts for 135 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Kaspen Colbert, a junior running back who transferred from Georgetown, Ky., rushed for 88 yards on five carries, which included a 76-yard run.
Colbert’s brother Kason, a sophomore linebacker, led the Thunderbolts with nine tackles, two for loss, and had two interceptions.
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