If you plan on going to a Groveton football game, be warned. It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's quarterback Glenn Thornton.
The Indians offer a rare game of football that you don't see much of at the 2A level and it includes Thornton stepping back and letting the pigskin fly.
Last year, Thornton was easily the East Texas passing leader with 4,191 yards and 35 touchdowns. Out of 409 attempts, he only threw 15 interceptions.
Now going into his senior year as a third-year starter with nine offensive starters returning around him, Thornton’s numbers are looking on the upside.
“The last couple years we've been freshmen and sophomores mostly, and now that everybody's seniors and juniors the leadership's there,” said Thornton. “I know I can put my complete trust in them. I know where they're going to be and they know where I'm going to put the ball. It’s just a very smooth rhythm with everything.”
There is one category though the quarterback isn’t satisfied with.
Thornton grew a need for speed this offseason and he'll be much more versatile now that he's improved his 40 time from a 4.7 to a 4.5.
“This year he's really focused on running. He made it to the state track meet last year and he's trying to get 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing. His work ethic is unreal,” said offensive coordinator Zach Birdwell.
“I just try to focus on doing my job and try to help lead everybody by making sure they're doing their job. That's all it is. If everybody does their job we'll be just fine. We'll go 10-0,” said Thornton.