• Steers quarterback Ty Thompson throws a pass during Monday's morning practice session.
    (MIKE WILLIAMS | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Sophomore quarterback Ty Thompson makes a throw during a Monday morning football practice on Newton Field. Thompson begins his second season as varsity starting quarterback after throwing for accumulating 1,613 total yards and a combined 12 touchdowns. Football two-a-days began Monday. The Steers’ first scrimmage will take place Thursday, Aug. 11, on Newton Field against Burkburnett.

Thompson prepares to continue Steers QB legacy

Two-a-days in football officially began Monday. For the Graham Steers, that meant the official practices for a team looking to replace 19 seniors from the Class of 2021. Steers head coach Kenny Davidson spoke of his excitement of a sophomore class of athletes making their way through Graham High School. On the football field, that sophomore class is led by quarterback Ty Thompson.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 191-pound passer had the rare opportunity to line up behind center at the varsity starter during his freshman year. Playing 10 games in the 2021 season, Thompson experienced the growing pains any new varsity starting quarterback should expect, but Davidson was impressed with the improvements he saw in the young quarterback throughout the season.

“I thought he did a good job (...) considering most people are not throwing as a freshman in that situation,” Davidson said. “Anytime you’re put in that situation, you’re gonna learn and grow from it. You have a 14-year-old playing against 18-year-old kids. I thought he progressed well. Obviously that (injury) against Wichita Falls Hirschi set him back a little bit, but he’s going to benefit. Most people aren’t put in that situation at most schools.”

For the full story, see the Wednesday, Aug. 3 edition of The Graham Leader.

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