In the game of football, glory is a strange thing to divide. A team will do its best to place the mindset that all of the credit from a game to placed on the team, but those who are not part of it will have trouble seeing it that way. Those watching will see the touchdown pass, but not think of the right guard who saved the quarterback from pressure. Those watching will see the sack, but not the gap that was created by the defensive end's alignment.
But every now and then, those who do not normally receive attention break out. That is the case of Vista Ridge defensive end Micah Thomas.
As defensive end of Vista Ridge's 3-4 formation, most of the tackles will come from the linebacker position. But with 25 tackles, five sacks, and two forced fumbles, Thomas has found his way to further impact the game.
"I feel like being in my second year I can see what's happening faster." Thomas said. "Last year I was thinking almost every play, and this year I feel I have more of an understanding and I can just play. I can just go and play my best."
At 5-0, the defensive side of the ball has dominated most teams, shutting out three opponents, and allowing only five touchdowns so far.
"We're just doing a lot of things right, that's what our goal was. That's what we focused on this off-season." Thomas said. "We're still humble, because last year we did not do very well. We're out there this year to win a district championship winning one game at a time."
As a junior, Thomas is early in the recruiting process, having drawn interest from such teams as SMU, Florida State, Iowa State, and Oklahoma State. But with an upcoming offseason and another varsity season ahead, he feels there is still more that he will be able to prove.
"My goal is to be the best I can be." Thomas said. "I want to help our team get some wins. I've just always got to give it my all."