Alabaster, AL – The four-time defending state champion Thompson Warriors powered past Region 3 foe Chelsea for a 45-0 Homecoming victory Friday night in Alabaster.
The top-ranked team in Class 7A, Thompson (4-0, 3-0), also displayed a robust defense that stifled the Hornets (2-3, 1-2). Chelsea had to contend with the absence of star running back Emerson Russell, who was sidelined during the Hornets week three victory over Oak Mountain.
This matchup marked the third of the season that saw the Warriors high octane offense put up north of 40 points.
Thompson wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring touchdowns on their first two offensive plays. The first touchdown came courtesy of a 29-yard pass from freshman quarterback Trent Seaborn to Pryce Lewis. Shortly after, AJ Green punched in a 4-yard rushing score, paying off a Vini Pires blocked punt. Thompson continued their offensive dominance, needing just two plays to secure another touchdown, this time a 31-yard run by Michael Dujon.
By halftime, Thompson had accumulated 179 yards and 45 points, while Chelsea managed just 41 yards. The scoreless second half featured a running clock, with Thompson finishing the game with a total of 263 yards.
The game featured several standout moments for Warriors. Kaleb Harris picked off a Hornets pass returning it for a 25-yard score. AJ Green added a 54-yard rushing touchdown, and John McGuire nailed a 47-yard field goal. Peyton Lewis capped off the scoring with a 26-yard interception return with just 24 seconds left in the first half.
Seaborn only attempted two passes in the contest, completing both. Green finished the game with 58 rushing yards and scored a pair of first half touchdowns. Lewis added 27 yards receiving and 29 yards on the ground while Michael Dujon contributed 40 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Looking ahead, Thompson travels to Jerry Hood Field Thursday night to take on the undefeated Clay-Chalkville Cougars (5-0) who are ranked 2nd in Class 6A . Meanwhile, Chelsea hits the road to face Shelby County foe Pelham (2-2) at Ned Bearden Stadium.