Warriors Hit Their Stride, Upend Chelsea on the Road
A slow beginning soon turned to a flurry of a ballgame as Thompson’s offense found a fifth gear and the defense shut down Chelsea’s powerful run game for a resounding 48-3 win on the road.
The Hornets began the game with a slow, grinding 15-play drive that featured multiple third down conversions, but the nearly eight minute stanza was finally turned away by the Warriors and Chelsea was left with a 37 yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
I lied last at all of 24 seconds as AJ Green dashed for a 63 yard touchdown after a 17-yard gainer to begin the drive.
Chelsea looked to be putting together another long drive, but Thompson’s pressure got home and forced an errant throw into the arms of defensive end Caleb Ballard who returned the ball to midfield.
Quarterback Zach Sims then led a 10-play drive including a big third down conversion to receiver Roman Mothershed. AJ Green romped into the end zone from nine yards out to give Thompson a 14-3 lead.
A topsy turvy set of events led to turnovers for both teams in the second quarter. An interception for Chelsea and the ensuing celebration landed the Hornets back on their own six yard line where the Warriors stuffed them to get the ball back to the offense with less than a minute remaining.
Backup QB Trent Seaborn entered the game and a connection with Green made sure the Warriors wouldn’t even need the 32 seconds on the clock. A swing pass out to the left found the junior running back and he darted between defenders for an exhilarating 42 yard score for a 21-3 halftime lead.
Has the third quarter rolled around the Thompson office really hit its stride and exploded for four touchdowns in the period.
Green ran in his fourth and final touchdown of the night from ten yards out a minute into the quarter. Seaborn found Korbyn Williams in the corner of the end zone three minutes later with Micheal Dujon and Omari Thomas scampering for rushing scores as well to seal the victory.
AJ Green finished with 154 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Warriors. Seaborn completed all five of his passes for 134 yards season-high three touchdowns. Zach Sims went 4-9 for 32 yards.
Jake Ivie led the defense with eight total tackles including one for loss. Seth Hampton recorded 4.5 tackles with one for loss as well. The defense forced three total turnovers in their best showing of the season thus far.
The Warriors will return home to host 6A #1 Clay-Chalkville next Friday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m.