Thompson wins 7A state title in 29-28 thriller

Tuscaloosa, AL – The Thompson Warriors (14-0) came back to repeat as 7A state champions in unbelievable fashion 29-28 over the Auburn Tigers Wednesday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Warriors tailed the 6th ranked Tigers by nine with 0:18 seconds remaining, after the Tigers kneeled on the ball three times, Thompson’s Corbin Williams blocked the Tiger punt retuning it 38 yards into the endzone. Trailing by two the Warriors recovered an onside kick setting up a last second field goal attempt.  

Hardy, the game’s Most Valuable Player split the uprights from 35 yards out sealing the Warrior comeback and giving the Shelby County powerhouse their second consecutive state title and third blue map in program history.

Despite being sidelined after the first half Thompson starting quarterback Connor Harrell completed 9-of-14 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns.  Army commit Tre Roberson took over under center for the last two quarters he fished the game with 84 yards thought the air connecting on 11-of-18 throws and an interception.  On the receiving end Roberson snagged a second quarter reception returning it 57 yards for a score.  Nathan Crockett lead the Warriors on the ground with 47 yards on 12 carries. 

Auburn signal caller Matthew Caldwell finished the night 9-of-17 through the air for 88 yards and a pair of scores while running for 85 yards on 11 attempts including a 44 yard third quarter scoring scamper.  J.T. Rogers added 62 yards and touchdown on 24 carries.  Bryson Clague was Caldwell’s favorite target hauling in four receptions for 22 yards.  

The victory gives Thompson head coach Mark Freeman his eight state title and his second since taking over the Warrior program in 2015.  Before Freeman’s arrival in Alabaster the now nationally ranked Warriors had posted a 10-40 record over the previous five seasons under three different head coaches.