Warriors Fall to Bucs in Regular Season Finale
The Thompson Warriors welcomed rival Hoover in their regular season finale with a chance to capture the Region 3 title Friday, Oct 21. The game quickly turned into a defensive grudge match and, though opportunities were there for a win, the Warriors couldn’t find a way into the scoreboard in a tough 9-0 loss at Warrior Stadium.
Thompson drove into Hoover territory on both of their first two drives, but both times were turned back on fourth down attempts to extend the possession.
The Bucs made good use of field position on their first drive and used 11 plays, including nine rushes, to slowly find pay dirt with LaMarion McCammon’s one yard rushing touchdown with 3:37 left in the first quarter.
The return of Hoover’s starting running back Ahamari Williams also played a big part in their offense’s rushing game. Williams had not played since Week 5 against Mountain Brook.
Thompson continued to move the ball well in the first half, but mistakes and missed opportunities plagued the Warriors all night. Zach Sims’ interception in the end zone ended another long drive midway through the second quarter.
Trent Seaborn entered the game late in the first half and again had the Warriors in scoring position after a 33 yard heave found Bo Jones near Hoover’s red zone. However, a sack on third down pinned Thompson outside of field goal range and another fourth down attempt fell short just before halftime.
Opportunity would rise again quickly in the third quarter as the defense forced a three-and-out and Tyler Hicks came up with a huge blocked punt to give Thompson the ball at the Bucs’ seven yard line. Two runs moved the ball to the four, but Sims’ pass on third down grazed off his receiver’s fingertips on third down forcing a field goal attempt that ricocheted off the right upright to keep the score 7-0.
The defense continued to give Thompson chances throughout the second half forcing five consecutive three-and-outs, but another interception and the subsequent return on the Warriors’ second possession flipped the field while Hoover’s special teams unit was able to pin Thompson deep each time.
Backing the Warriors inside their own five yard line, the Bucs came up with another big play on defense in the fourth quarter jarring the ball loose and knocking it through the end zone for a safety and an all-important two score lead at 9-0.
The Warriors fought, but couldn’t force their way for a score the rest of the game ending their seven game win streak.
AJ Green led the way for Thompson on offense with 95 yards rushing in the first half and ended the game with 119 yards on 21 carries. Trent Seaborn went 10-16 for 117 yards while Zach Sims finished 8-18 for 69 yards. Bo Jones and Korbyn Williams led the Warriors in receiving with 63 and 62 yards, respectively.
Seth Hampton led the defense with nine total tackles including one for loss. Kelby Taylor and Peter Woods added 5.5 and 4.5 tackles, respectively.
The Warriors are headed into a bye giving them two weeks before their first round playoff matchup. That game will take place at Warrior Stadium Friday, Nov 4 at 7:00 p.m.