Hoover, AL – The Thompson Warriors showcased their dominance as they defeated the Hoover Bucs with a final score of 21-11 to close out the regular season Friday night at the Hoover Met.
The victory marked the Warriors’ 7th over the Bucs in their last 10 meetings and improved their record to 8-1 on the season with a perfect 7-0 mark in region play, solidifying their position as Region 3 champions.
The setback slipped the Bucs to 4-6 overall and 4-3 in region play.
Thompson’s first offensive drive resulted in a touchdown, with quarterback Trent Seaborn connecting with Angel Jones from just outside the Hoover 10 yard line. Although the Warriors missed a field goal attempt later in the first half, they managed to maintain their lead. Hoover responded with a 25-yard field goal from Matthew Daibes, narrowing the gap to 7-3 at the break.
Coming out strong in the second half, Thompson capitalized. Seaborn found Colben Landrew twice for touchdown passes, one from 46 yards out and another on a crucial fourth down. This extended their lead to 21-3 in the third quarter. Hoover managed to score late in the game with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jonah Winston to Jeremiah Tabb.
Despite the loss, the Bucs secured the final playoff spot in Region 3 due to Hewitt-Trussville’s victory over Chelsea and Hoover’s win over Spain Park earlier in the season.
Seaborn had an impressive night, completing 18-of-27 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. A.J. Green led the Warrior rushing attack, while Landrew made a significant impact with four receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
On the Hoover side, Winston put up a strong fight, going 11-of-20 for 89 yards and a touchdown. He also contributed on the ground with 13 carries for 39 yards. Fredrick Dunson led the Bucs’ rushing efforts with 10 carries for 47 yards, and Chris Warren made key receptions for 33 yards. Tabb’s 32-yard fourth quarter touchdown grab provided a late spark for the Bucs.
Both teams have the week off before stepping into the AHSAA Class 7A playoffs, which will commence on November 10th. The No. 2 ranked Thompson Warriors will host the Florence Falcons (6-4) in Alabaster, while the Hoover Bucs will travel to Madison to face the Region 4 champion James Clemens Jets (7-3).