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The football team started off with tremendous success after defeating power house Manhattan 21-18 to kickoff the season. “They worked hard for this moment. They worked all off-season starting off in January and throughout the spring and also during the summer so they were prepared for this moment, and they were prepared to be great and we weren’t surprised when it happened,” Head coach Jason Swift said.

The Thunderbirds had not beat the Indians for over 30 years so this was an exciting moment for not only the players on the field, but all of Shawnee Heights. “I was taken back by the whole thing honestly. To know that after all of these years and hard work we’ve put in, that it finally paid off was extremely humbling for all of us.We all put it on the field and had nothing left by the end of the night,” Quarterback Mitchell Lady said.

The boys continued their winning streak the following weeks beating Topeka West (28-0), Washburn Rural (20-15) and then beating the cross town rivals, Seaman Vikings (21-14).

“Our best game was against Seaman. We did all of the little things right and played all four quarters of the game with great energy and effort,” Cade Holmes said.  

The Thunderbirds had a set back homecoming night against the Trojans after falling 48-14. The Trojans had only seen one loss, to the Indians, leaving them with a 3-1 record and the T-Birds with a record of 4-0. “The tough loss to T-High really has us motivated to finish off the season on a high note, and then head into the playoff with high confidence,” Holmes said.

Senior Tanner Buckley had a similar viewpoint on the loss. “It has really affected in, I think, a positive way. It’s taught us they we aren’t invincible and we need to come out and work hard every single day no matter who the opponent is,” Buckley said.


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