Discovery Canyon Thunder look to strike in league play

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At 5-0 and as the second ranked team in 3A, the Discovery Canyon Thunder are optimistic heading into league play.

“We definitely want to go out there and set the tone for the rest of the season and hopefully propel ourselves into a playoff run,” senior center and linebacker Isaac Mun said.

“We really got what we were looking for coming out 5-0,” senior quarter Zack Anderson said. “You got to be pretty satisfied with that, but you can’t be content with it.”

That optimism is cautious optimism, according to Thunder Head Coach Shawn Mitchell.

“The trap is thinking that you’ve arrived and not doing the things you need to do get better,” he said. “We’re going to have to do that and we’re going to have to, as cliche as it sounds, we’re going to have to take them one at a time.”  

Discovery Canyon lost in the first round of the state playoffs last season. That hasn’t been forgotten, especially for the seniors, this year.

“I think it’s something that’s motivating for these guys, ‘what do you want your legacy to be’ is where that comes from,” Mitchell said. 

“As seniors, you’re always trying to make that last year count,” senior running back and cornerback Ryan Monteleone said. “We definitely want to beat that benchmark, go as far as we can.”  

The success this season doesn’t just come from talent, which Discovery Canyon has put on display this season.

“A lot of teams have one or two good players, and that’s what carrying them right now,” Anderson said. “I feel like we just have a bunch of very good players that play well together, and we care more about the team than we do about ourselves.”  

 “We’ll just be playing for each other, not really care about how we do, just care how we do for our teammates,” said Monteleone, in terms of how the team will approach league play.

The Thunder open league play this Friday at 7 p.m. at District 20 Stadium. They host the winless Littleton Lions. That’s followed up by a game at undefeated Thomas Jefferson. Discovery Canyon wraps up the regular season with 3A defending state champ Palmer Ridge.

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