COLORADO SPRINGS — Imagine being named the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year, after winning the 3A boys soccer state title and now have to somehow top that for your senior year.
"I am trying to not let it go to my head, so it wasn't just myself it was a team thing," Air Academy senior Thad DeWing said.
The Kadets striker is up to the challenge.
"Obviously it is hard to one up, but I'm not focused on that," DeWing said. I am focused on just playing the best I can and just improving every day at practice honestly."
As the Air Force commit enters his final season of high school soccer, it's all about being consistent but what keeps this Kadet motivated is something bigger than you think.
"I grew up with 29 cousins and we all play sports," DeWing said. "Anytime we can have a competition. If it's basketball, soccer or whatever it is. I love doing it."
So the goal remains the same: State or bust. Just this time with a target on their back.
"Really the goal is just be the best team we can be," DeWing said. "Practice hard everyday and prepare for the season."