Eugene, Ore. -- "I mean, I can never take that moment back just like realizing it was my turn," Churchill quarterback Demontre Thomas says, candidly. "All this waiting, all this working I've been doing and it was time show it."
He's been a backup quarterback for most of his high school career. But that was before he moved to Eugene.
"You hear a lot of things throughout the year and I always believe 'we'll believe it when we see it'," recalls Churchill coach AJ Robinson. "And so when Demontre came here...you know...a family moving here from Texas to Oregon and just Churchill was just a really good fit for him."
"Coming from Allen, everything is big, Texas is big," Thomas describes. "So of course it's gonna be different but I wasn't that worried coming here."
Thomas played football at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas behind some of the nation's best recruits. He most recently played at Allen High School in Texas where he won a 6A state title.
"He was a backup to Dorian Thompson-Robinson who's at UCLA," begins Robinson. "He was a backup to Tate Martell, who's the winningest quarterback in high school football. And so if even if you're paying attention a little bit you're gonna pick up something from those guys and so you've definitely been able to see that in the transition to Oregon."
"Watching them play, everyone knows what they do," says Thomas. "So it's just like...it was just excellent learning from them and taking what I can get."
It's experience that helps on the field, and something that created a close bond between the quarterback and head coach AJ Robinson.
"I've been to a lot of big programs and just the way that he gets me through problems and just how we talk, communicate what I see on the field and what he sees and just how we work together, I love," Thomas explains.
And a few weeks into the year, Thomas is already starting to feel at home in Eugene.
"It's new people, new everything but it was my second time doing it," he jokes. "I've had practice."
"He's really even-keeled," his head coach concludes. "Kids respect him, kids like him. He's a likable kid and he's been a joy to coach."
Thomas' hope is to gain a couple division I offers along the way. And of course, another state title ring
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