Thompson Gets Revenge Over Central in 7A State Championship
THE RED DEVILS FALL TO THE WARRIORS IN THE ALABAMA 7A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Thompson Warriors got revenge against the Central Red Devils, winning the AHSAA 7A State Championship 40-14 Wednesday night. The beginning of the game was a little rocky for both teams with a few turnovers, but Thompson senior quarterback Sawyer Pate got the Warriors on the board first for the 6-0 lead. Sawyer accounted for two passing and two rushing touchdowns, and was awarded MVP.
Central finally answered with under two minutes left to play in the second quarter on a quarterback keeper by junior Trey Miles. That put the Red Devils down 20-7. Miles finished the night completing all nine of his pass attempts for 136 passing yards. Central would add another touchdown in the second half on a rushing touchdown by Dexter Wright, but it was not enough. The Red Devils finished their season (12-2).
“It’s just a blessing that we got to be here,” said Central senior wide receiver and Clemson commit E.J. Williams. “There’s plenty of other teams that would be dying to sit in this chair after a loss.”
Turnovers and penalties hurt Central. The Red Devils finished the night with three fumbles and 12 penalties totaling 85 yards.
“Nobody goes out there to fumble. It just happened,” said Central Head Coach Jamey Dubose. “Balls were stuck and hit in the right place. I thought after we got the fumble from them at the beginning of the game after that long kickoff return, it was going to be one of those nights in our favor. But it wasn’t in the cards, and we’ll go back to work.”
Central has won two state championships in program history, 1993 and 2018.