Alabaster, AL – In a thrilling AHSAA Class 7A quarterfinal showdown, the Thompson Warriors made a remarkable comeback to secure their spot in the Class 7A semifinals for the seventh consecutive season. They defeated Vestavia Hills with a score of 34-14, after scoring 20 unanswered points in the second half.
The quarterfinal contest started with some difficulties for Thompson. They found themselves hampered by penalties, managing only four first downs in the first half. However, the second half was all Warriors.
Head Coach Mark Freeman’s strategy worked. After tying the game at 14 apiece at the break, the Warriors exploded in the second half. They scored on their first possession and never looked back, keeping their hopes alive for a fifth consecutive state championship.
Notable performances came from quarterback Trent Seaborn, who connected with receivers Kolby Hearn and Angel Jones for touchdowns. Running back AJ Green also had a significant impact, breaking through the Vestavia defense for a touchdown that gave Thompson the lead for good.
The Thompson defense was also instrumental in the victory, forcing two three-and-outs and a turnover on downs on Vestavia’s second-half possessions. Anquon Fegans made an interception, and freshman Cam Pritchett added a key third down sack that put the breaks on a Rebel drive.
Seaborn finished the night with 291 yards through the air, connecting on 15-of-20 passes and three touchdowns. Green lead the Warrior ground attack with 129 yards on 16 attempts and a score. Deuce Oliver snagged seven receptions for 56 yards, Kolby Hern caught three passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Colben Landrew and Angel Jones also added touchdown receptions for the Warriors.
Next up, Thompson (10-1) will host Hewitt-Trussville (9-3) in the Class 7A semifinals on Nov. 24, following the Huskies’ 40-7 win over Hoover. With this win, Thompson now leads the all-time series with Vestavia, 16-14, including the last 10 in a row.
The Rebels’ season comes to a close at 9-3 marking their most successful finish since 2015.