Despite age Thorson is excited to make plays for Harvey/WC

Thorson is going to play a staring role for the Hornets.

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Tallen Thorson (with ball) scrambles out of the pocket during a scrimmage against South Prarie-Max while teammate Boston Fike (57) looks on on Aug. 12, 2022 at South Prarie High School.
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HARVEY — A sophomore hurdle champion is the starting quarterback for an offense that has put up 585 points over the last two seasons.

The Harvey/Wells County Hornets have named Tallen Thorson as their starting quarterback for the 2022 season. At the 2022 NDHSAA State B Track and Field Meet, Thorson finished second in the 110-meter hurdles behind his since-graduated brother, Madden, with a time of 15.76 seconds. Thorson also set a personal record in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.01 seconds.

Thorson played sparingly under center in his freshman year completing two passes for 11 yards. Hornets head coach Brett Dockter expects Thorson’s experience to help him as he goes through the season with big weapons like senior Gabe Allmaras, sophomore Kayl Sieg, senior Brock Fike, and junior Keaton Keller. Last season, that group combined for 38 receptions for 141 yards and 34 rushes for 329 yards and one touchdown.

“I think it will be a plus,” Dockter said. “He’s made himself into a leader already. He’s got good guys around him to help him out, he’s not alone in this process.”

Despite some positing the Hornets will struggle after losing 15 seniors from their 2021 team that went 7-3, but Thorson said he is confident in his team.


“Well everybody is saying we’re not going to win a game or win two or three games but I saw everyone this summer, we worked together, we lifted, we did speed,” Thorson said. “We went to Dickinson as a team camp and we did perfectly fine and I think we’ll be OK. We’ll be above .500 and we’ll make the playoffs.”

Thorson admits that it is strange to not be playing with his brother, Madden, for the first time in a while. Dockter said it was good for Thorson to be his own player separate from his brother and make his own legacy.

By virtue of his speed, Thorson has the ability to take off and make a play with his legs, which he said he can do but is also helped by the weapons he can throw to.

“I’d say I’m a balanced quarterback,” Thorson said. “I like running the ball obviously just because I’m quicker but I also like throwing the ball. I’ve worked pretty hard the last two summers, I went to work and worked on my throwing and also my speed obviously. I’d say I probably balance it out, some quarterback keeps and (run pass options) and options.”

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Dockter didn’t reveal his playbook but said he would be using Thorson in both running and passing plays. Dockter also said they would not put too much pressure on the second-year player and throw too much at him at once.

By virtue of Thorson’s experience last season and in the state track meets, Dockter said he isn’t worried about the stage being too big for Thorson and him being overwhelmed. Thorson admitted feeling the weight of the starting quarterback label and the desire to live up to that.

“I don’t really feel any,” Thorson said. “I’m just nervous because I have such a big responsibility. I’m the leader and what I do effects the team. I just gotta think of that and try my hardest to stay positive.”

The Hornets opened their season on Friday, Aug. 19, when they took on Rugby.

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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