The Mica Mountain Thunderbolts defeated the Coolidge Bears 13-7 in a game played in Tucson on Friday.
The Thunderbolts were playing the first varsity game in program history for the newest school in the Vail Unified School district. Neither team got off to a fast start as both teams traded possessions without posing a serious threat until Mica Mountain mounted a 10-play, 88-yard drive in the second quarter the ended with a 7-yard Jayden Thoreson to Jacob Flores touchdown pass with just over 19 seconds remaining in half. It was the first in Thunderbolts history. Mica Mountain dominated possession in the third quarter and stretched its lead to 13-0 over the Bears when Josiah Thornwell rushed for a 5-yard TD. The extra kick failed, but the Thunderbolts had all the points they would need on the night. Though unable to reach the end-zone, a key contributor for the home team was Junior running back Kaspen Colbert. At 6’2”, 220 pounds, the transfer from Kentucky rushed 15 times for 158 yards, including a 45-yard rush near the end of the game that saw him breaking several tackles. The Bears finally found the scoreboard late in the game quarterback Conner Ferguson found the end zone after several tries from a short distance. Ferguson just managed to reach out to break the plane of the end zone with 3:11 remaining in the game. The game puts Mica Mountain a 1-0 for this season which is an abbreviated season in which they are only playing three games. The 4A independent ‘bolts remaining games are against Douglas and Amphi. Coolidge drops to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in 3A conference play. The Bears’ next opponent will be Santa Cruz Valley.