Thompson’s quest for a 3rd straight state title began with little resistance simply off Interstate 20 on Friday.
What resistance they did face within the 55-0 victory towards Oxford, most constantly got here from their very own making.
The Warriors’ protection smothered host Oxford and didn’t enable a primary down till the 9:13 mark of the third quarter, whereas the offense dominated.
All in all, although, it was win and a studying expertise, Thompson coach Mark Freeman stated.
“Defensively we performed actually good,” he stated. “Offensively, we’ve received seven new children and we made some errors. … Little issues we haven’t carried out prior to now: lining up generally, simply little issues. I believe each sport we are able to play (effectively). We’ll discover sufficient to win the sport, get some expertise and have an opportunity to be good on the finish of the yr.”
However with all due respect, the Warriors are fairly good now – fifth greatest within the nation, in line with MaxPreps – however the errors Freeman alluded to did occur, however didn’t value them.
A number of touchdowns had been referred to as again on penalties. The primary got here on their second drive, negating what would have been a 57-yard cross from Conner Harrell to Ryan Peppins.
Then three gamers later a uncommon mistake by Harrell, an interception. But it surely solely appeared to make Thompson extra targeted.
On the next touchdowns on the best way to a 34-0 halftime lead, the Warriors scored on four-, two-, one- and one-play drives.
Star of the sport: Harrell. In his first actual motion after he was injured close to the tip of the primary half of Thompson’s 29-28 victory over Auburn within the 2020 Class 7A title sport, he regarded nearly as good as ever. His passes had been crisp and deep balls regarded easy. Whereas he did have the interception he tried to drive into tight protection, he completed 11-for-14 for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns. And that was with a deep ball halfway by the primary half that was referred to as again.
Stat sheet: Thompson — Lionel Cook dinner had 83 yards and a landing on 15 carries, and Arrington Inexperienced had 75 yards on 10 carries. Brandon Franklin scored a pair of 1-yard touchdowns. Peppins had 4 catches for 65 yards and a pair of scores (21 and 11 yards). Jaylen Ward had two catches for 82 yards, together with a 35-yard rating. Thompson tallied 436 yards (217 dashing and 219 passing). Oxford, in the meantime, managed solely 27 yards, together with minus-6 by the air.
By the numbers: 100, yards in penalties for Thompson on 11 infractions. … 1.5, sacks for Alabama LB dedication Jeremiah Alexander. … 2, tackles for Thompson’s Trequon Fegans, who performed for Oxford final season. … 0.7, yards per play for Oxford.
Coachspeak: “It is a great bunch of youngsters and an exquisite bunch of coaches and it’s a blessing to come back to work day-after-day.” – Freeman
“He may have carried out much more. The sport received bizarre early. Conner is nice. – Freeman on Harrell’s return from his damage
They stated it …: “We don’t give attention to how a lot the opposite workforce goes to react to what we do. We simply exit and ensure we punch them within the mouth each single play. And what we get again is what we get again.” – Thompson’s Kaleb Thompson
“It’s true, I didn’t make this schedule but when I used to be to make it, there’s an excellent likelihood I’d schedule the very same sport. We don’t each actually set a schedule with the concept wish to discover the ten best wins we are able to get. We set a schedule with get us greatest ready to make a run within the playoffs. That’s what this schedule will do.” – Oxford first-year coach Sam Adams.
What’s subsequent?: Thompson performs host to Sparkman in one other non-region sport, whereas Oxford hosts Nice Grove.