Dewey’s Hayden Thornton – Character Counts Presented by Excel Therapy

By Becky Burch

Dewey High School senior Hayden Thornton has a special reason for being excited about his senior year in a Dewey Bulldogger football uniform. This will be the first time he’s a Dewey varsity player.

Thornton played football in second grade to 8th grade, but called it quits to dive into other activities. Coach Trent Turner, who had coached Thornton in basketball, asked him to try football one last time, says Thornton.

“He came to me at the end of last year and said he’d like me to give football a try,” says Thornton. “If I didn’t want to play there would be no hard feelings.”

Thornton may always be ready to put his Bulldogger football helmet on, but he also plays basketball and golf. He was the basketball Defensive Player of the Year in Dewey’s conference. He is a National Honor Society member and won Dewey Student of the Year in 7th and 8th grade.

Outside of sports, Thornton likes time with family and friends. His family holds weekend cookouts. He likes hunting, fishing and playing guitar.

Thornton says he hasn’t looked too far into the future, but does plan on attending college.