Warriors beat Bibb County, look to Homewood

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Thompson High School football coaches got a good look at their young quarterback and other young players Friday night.

The Warriors jumped to early lead in the homecoming game against the Bibb County Choctaws.

With 9 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first quarter, the Warriors scored after moving down the field from their own 21-yard line. Senior quarterback Tony Myers scored on a quarterback keep around left side on first down from the BCHS 37-yard line.

With the successful point-after touchdown from junior Aaron Hawk, Thompson took the lead 7-0.

Following the kickoff and a Choctaw fumble on the 30-yard line, senior Eric Bogan scored on first down. The successful PAT from Hawk made the score 14-0.

The Warriors scored again on their next drive from the 15-yard line. The PAT was unsuccessful, and with 4:25 left in the first quarter, the score was 20-0.

Bibb County attempted a field goal from the 21-yard line at the close of the first quarter; but the kick was no good and the score remained 20-0.

Thompson junior Jeffery Adams scored with 11:15 left in the second quarter. He took the hand off from Myers 38 yards up the middle to score. The successful kick made the score 27-0.

THS sophomore Chris Myles came in at quarterback early in the second quarter and marched down the field with a series of quarterback-to-sophomore Evan Melton handoffs, pitches and passes to finally hand off to No. 29 sophomore David Brown to score from the 15-yard line.

With 4:22 left in the second quarter, the score was 34-0 Thompson, and that’s the way it remained at halftime.

Bibb County’s only score of the night came with less than a minute to go in the third quarter. The Choctaws’ 6 came on second and goal from the 5-yard line making the score 34-7.

Several plays later, the Warriors answered back with a hand-off to junior Kyle Grace on third and goal from the 2-yard line. With the successful kick, the score was 41-7 with 8:26 left in fourth quarter.

That was the final score as the THS quarterback took a knee on the 1-yard line with about 20 second left in the game.

The Warriors had a total of 432 total offensive yards, 375 rushing and 57 passing to the Choctaws’193 total yards, 167 rushing and 26 passing.

THS had 16 first downs to five for BCHS. The Warriors were charged with five penalties for 60 yards to Bibb County’s nine for 50 yards. The Choctaws turned the ball over four times with fumbles and had two interceptions. The Warriors suffered four fumbles.

Leading rushers included junior Melton with 10 runs for 89 yards; Adams with three runs for 78 yards and two touchdowns; Tony Myers with one run for 37 yards and one touchdown; Bogan with five runs for 66 yards and one touchdown; and Myles with three runs for 15 yards.

Senior quarterback Myers was one for one on passing for 16 yards; Myles was two for seven for 41 yards.

The defense was led by sophomore Justin Griffen with 21 tackles.

Others leaders on defense included Myers, who caused a fumble; senior Darious Sheffield who caused a fumble and recovered a fumble; senior Aaron Barranco who recovered a fumble; sophomore Chase Myles who caused a fumble; Bogan who recovered a fumble; and junior Daniel Hamlin who had two interceptions.

Thompson, now 2-3, faces Class 5A No. 1 Homewood in an important area game at Homewood Friday night