Road Warriors Dominate Huskies, Take Control of Region Race
The Warriors hit the road Friday night to face the only other undefeated team in Region 3: the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies. Just one team would leave the field in control of their own destiny and Thompson played like it. After a last second loss last week, the Warriors bounced back in dominant fashion and won the game in all phases for a 40-14 victory.
To Mark Freeman, only one word could describe Thompson’s performance.
“Resilience. We had a great week of practice. People doubted us and rightly so,” said Freeman. “We have to get better from tonight. We came out with energy and were better than we were last week.”
The Warriors were hot out of the gate and didn’t let up in the first half. After the defense forced a three-and-out the offense took their time with a long 11-play drive helmed by running backs AJ Green and Michael Dujon. The duo combined for nine rushes on the drive with Green finally walking in from the one on third down.
Penalties and two tackles for loss doomed the Huskies’ next drive and the Warriors’ offense got back to work.
The run game began to open up big holes for the pass game next as quarterback Trent Seaborn hit receivers Pryce Lewis and Colben Landrew for huge gains including a 45 yarder to Landrew to put the Warriors inside the 10 yard line. Two plays later the offensive line carried Dujon into the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 2:40 to go in the first quarter.
Hewitt-Trussville had an answer next as a long drive ended with a one yard quarterback sneak early in the second quarter. However, the Thompson response was instant.
Kolby Hearn began a second straight sensational week turning a short first down pass into an 80-yard touchdown to quiet the home crowd. The Huskies didn’t threaten again outside of a late second quarter drive, but the Warriors forced a fumble on the five yard line and stole possession away.
John McGuire had a great bounce back week as well blasting field goals of 47 and 49 yards in the second and third quarters.
Hearn continued his big night with two more touchdowns of 27 and 33 yards in the second half as Thompson left no doubt as to who was the premiere program in the region.
Seaborn piled up the numbers on an efficient 23-30 for 358 yards and three touchdowns—all to Hearn. Kolby outdid himself and last week’s 164 yard performance with a career-high 182 yards on five receptions.Deuce Oliver was his usual sure-handed self grabbing nine of ten targets for 70 yards. AJ Green led the rushing attack with 75 yards on 14 carries with a TD.
The defense held Hewitt to less than three yards a carry and just 6-16 on third down.
The Warriors will remain on the road and head to Oak Mountain next week on Friday, Oct 13 on 7 p.m.