The Thompson defense is rounding into form and it’s only the second week of the season. The Warriors forced three turnovers on fourth down, notched a safety and collected 13 tackles for loss in their first road game of the season as they took the win over the Sparkman Senators 39-7. After a 23-yard field goal by Trevor Hardy, the Warrior defense forced the Senators to punt on their next possession, but the snap was bobbled and Thompson mobbed the kicker immediately in the end
Mark Freeman’s team has been preparing for a day they knew may never come. But when Saturday, August 22 finally arrived, the Warriors were ready. After an offseason of uncertainty, Thompson jumped all over the Oxford Yellowjackets in the first half and used a balanced attack on offense to keep the reigning 6A state champs at bay for a convincing 56-34 victory in the Go Gold Bowl to open the season at Warrior Stadium. Thompson’s defense took center stage in the outset and turn
Thompson took their first football state championship in 37 years and did so in style scoring the most points per game (42.7) and overall (555) in school history. With Sawyer Pate at the helm of the offense, Mark Freeman’s bunch maximized their potential even with a brand new offensive line. Now, Pate, the 2019 Back of the Year, along with his right hand man, Michael Pettway, are looking for their opportunities to play on Saturdays leaving the Warriors’ offense to forge a new
Defensive Coordinator Shawn Defoor is still chasing that perfect season at Thompson. Defoor’s work on defense is well-documented. From 2011 to 2014 Spanish Fort defenses gave up an average of just 12 points a game in a run that included two state championships and two other deep playoff runs. In 2013, the Toro defense overwhelmed opponents allowing a minuscule 8.5 points per game—including three shutouts. Spanish Fort completed a historic season going 15-0 with a stunning 34-
ALABASTER, AL August 13, 2020 Thompson High School is excited to kick off the 2020 football season as we host the Oxford Yellow Jackets in the 2nd annual Go Gold. As you might be aware, game days will look different as a result of COVID-19 and the present pandemic. During this time it is important that we make everyone aware of current guidelines and risks related to COVID-19. We have guidelines and protocols in place to mitigate, not eliminate, the risks related to COVID-19.
After nearly 25 years as a head coach, there’s very little Mark Freeman hasn’t seen. You can now add COVID-19 to that short list. When we all started to receive awful news in March of the virus spreading and the subsequent shutdown of businesses, schools and sports, a great number of us had to simply stay home, stay safe and hope for the best. Coach Freeman already had his eye on the future. “Initially I think there was some concern and doubt. Young people, and coaches too, n