High drama in Thurston’s football opener

SPRINGFIELD – The Thurston Colts football team has had a historic run the past few seasons, but returned only three starters for this season. That means many players were making their first start on Friday night against a veteran Wilsonville Wildcats team.

In a rematch of a 2021 state semifinal game, and the 2018 championship matchup, the Colts youth was on full display – the good and the bad. The Colts ultimately fell 38-35 in overtime, but it’s clear the kids are going to be all right.

“All the mistakes we made tonight are fixable,” head coach Justin Starck said. “But if they didn’t play with courage and heart, that’s hard to fix, and they did that. So, they’re going to compete. We can build on that.”

One of those building blocks was sophomore quarterback Noah Blair, who was making his first start and had a rough first half. Blair was able to battle back and ended the game 21-of-28 for 306