Logan Thayer, a 17-year-old high school senior, has been playing football since he was in the fifth grade and 11 years old. “I started playing because my dad always liked football. And my friends were playing. They all started playing in fourth grade, and when I went to their games, I felt like I was missing out on something,” Thayer said.
“My dad hasn’t been my coach every year, but he’s always played some part in my playing football. My dad was my coach my sophomore and junior years.
Thayer plays club football for the Cabarrus Stallions. “The players on my team come from public schools where they either didn’t make the team or didn’t get to play as much as they wanted, from a private school without a football team or are home-schooled.”
Since there aren’t that many club football teams, “We travel a lot,” Thayer said. “We play mostly on Saturday. We’ve traveled to play in Johnson City, Tenn. Fort Mill, S.C., and Asheville.”
About his team’s record this year, Thayer said, “We’re good but we have some issues. We’ve had some good runs on offense, some interceptions and lots of tackles.”
Thayer currently plays several positions: linebacker, safety and running back. He likes playing linebacker the best. “When you’re on offense, all you get to do is score points. When you’re on defense, you get to stop the other players (on the other team). You’re the one who changes how the game goes. On defense, you’re the one creating destruction. On defense, the idea is to mess the other team up.”
Thayer’s favorite football memory came in sixth grade, playing for a championship: “We won our conference, but the other teams we had to play for the championship were predicted to destroy us. We beat the Florida team pretty easily. The next team, from Virginia, they were heavy favorites. All the players were 40 pounds heavier and a foot taller than our players. At the kickoff, this player who we’d heard all about caught the ball and was returning. I just grabbed the ball away from him. After the play, the coached asked me if I had an energy drink before the game, and I didn’t even know what that was,” Thayer said.
Thayer lives in Cornelius and is the son of Scott and Mary Beth Thayer. Besides club football, he plays basketball for Christ the King Catholic High School, takes honors and AP classes and, during the summer, volunteered at a hospital in patient services.
When he graduates from high school, Thayer would like to attend “Villanova, Chapel Hill, Notre Dame or St. Louis. Those are my top choices. Right now, I plan to major in neuroscience or psychology.” After college, he wants “to be a physician of some kind.”
Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer: email@example.com.