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Warriors Snatch Five Interceptions, Blank Eagles on Senior Night

The Thompson Warriors wasted no time on Senior Night using defense and offense to put the ball in the end zone to jump out to a huge early lead and cruise to a season-high 51-0 victory over the Oak Mountain Eagles.

“This season has been a battle, and we knew it was going to be a battle when we scheduled the games that we did,” said head coach Mark Freeman. “To get a night that we can have everybody on our team get to play. We needed a night where we could all get in the game and reflect on what football is. We have worked hard up to this point and they deserved it.”

The Warriors approached the game with a real sense of urgency and seized on the Eagles from the get go. With less than a minute gone in the game, senior linebacker Seth Hampton cut in front of Will O’Dell’s first pass of the game and ran untouched into the end zone from 20 yards out. 

It would be a sign of things to come.

After Thompson forced a stop on Oak Mountain’s next possession, quarterback Zach Sims led the offense down the field in no time connecting on passes of 28 and 43 yards before AJ Green plunged into the end zone from the one yard line for the 14-0 lead. 

Less than a minute later another Warrior got a beat on a pass from O’Dell. This time, sophomore defensive back Peyton Lewis joined in the fun, anticipated the throw and dodged one tackle to take another Thompson interception to the house.

The Warriors’ next drive on offense belonged to sophomore running back Micheal Dujon as he gashed the Eagles time and again before using a stiff arm to complete a ten yard touchdown run. Green tacked on another TD run from four yards out to complete a stunning 34 point first quarter.

John McGuire would add a season-best 42-yard field goal late in the second quarter as Thompson took a 37-0 lead into the locker room.

Not to be outdone, sophomore safety Anquon Fegans snagged a pass from the Eagles midway through the third quarter and returned 50 plus yards for the Warriors’ third and final pick six of the evening. Defensive backs Jasiah Ward and Zamiere Wirt also made interceptions for the Thompson defense for the most single game interceptions in the Mark Freeman era. The  Warriors have now forced 16 of their last 25 turnovers in the last four games.

Trent Seaborn’s beautiful 15-yard pass to sophomore receiver Angel Jones late in the third quarter ended the Warriors’ night on offense.

Zach Sims went 3-3 for 86 yards and 35 yards rushing while Seaborn finished 5-8 for 60 yards and a TD. Michael Dujon led the team in rushing with 54 yards on seven attempts with Omari Thomas adding 42 on three runs. Korbyn Williams led in receiving with 43 yards.

Jasiah Ward, Dylan Willis and Jaiden Brown led the defense with three tackles each. Anquon Fegans’ seventh interception keeps him atop Class 7A and alone in second place in the entire state of Alabama. 

Thompson will hit the road for the first time in several weeks as they head to Tuscaloosa County for their next region game Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m.


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