Thompson,Highlanders ready for Bulldogs
Eric Sharum may be the "Voice of the Highlanders" but he better watch out because one of the current seniors Devon Thompson is dreaming of a career in sports broadcasting and calling Big Mac games might be a step on the ladder to his ultimate goal calling the Super Bowl.
For now Thompson is more concerned about playing for the Highlanders, not calling their games. And, as a senior, this is the game he's been waiting for throughout his life, a state title opportunity during his senior season. The Highlanders go for that Gold Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday against Skiatook High School. The game will be played at Yukon High School.
"This would be huge to win the school's first state title my senior season," the reserve linebacker said. "Playing football has been a lot of fun. We have a good program with great coaches, so that makes it special. I've been able to play linebacker with some great guys.
"Keegan (Smith) and Burns (Bryan) are both great players and they've helped me a lot along with the coaches. I've tried to do my best and dedicate myself to our program. My best game was the Chickasha game where I got to play about a half and had a couple of tackles. I've had fun and learned a lot about the sport."
He's also impressed the coaches by his willingness to support the program in any way.
"Devon has worked at linebacker and running back and he's always accepted his role on the team," head coach Brett Manning said. "He wants to be a part of the team and never complains about the amount of hard work. He's always here on time and ready to go."
In fact, Thompson has loved the weight work.
"It's part of being a good player, you have to dedicate yourself to the weight room to become a better player," he said. "My father and mother were both athletes and my little brother (Daunye) is coming up in (Mac) middle school and he wants to play football too. He's going to be bigger than me, but I tell him that it takes hard work to make it."