Warriors on the rebound

Published 3:20 am Saturday, September 6, 2008

You can say the Thompson Warriors have been down, but they are certainly not out.

After being outscored 35-0 by Hueytown in two quarters of jamboree football and 39-0 by Mountain Brook in the season-opening game, the Warriors found themselves down 19-0 at the half Friday night against the Austin Bears in Decatur.

Austin quarterback Stephen Rivers is hauled down by Thompson defenders Jordan Chism (No. 2) and William Joseph (No. 98) during Friday night’s 20-19 come-from-behind victory in Decatur.

But Thompson fought like Warriors in the second half to earn the come-from-behind victory over the Bears, 20-19.

Austin jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and increased it to 19-0 with a second-quarter touchdown.

But that’s when the Warriors went to work. Thompson senior running back Sideeq Cooper took the ball in from 14 yards to cut the Bears’ lead to 19-7 following the extra point, and then things got interested.

After holding the Bears, Thompson quarterback David Bria connected with Darvick Lucas for the 94-yard touchdown strike to pull the Warriors to within five.

Midway through the final quarter, Cooper struck again, this time from 32 yards, to give the Warriors the lead for good.

Austin had one final drive make it past Thompson’s 30-yard line, but the Warriors held strong on four-straight plays to end the Bears’ chance of a win.

Offensively for the Warriors, Bria finished 14-of-29 for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Cooper led the Warriors’ rushing attack, averaging 14.5 yards per carry. The senior rushed 11 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The Warriors compiled 389 yards to Austin’s 400 total yards.

Thompson returns to action Friday as the Warriors travel to Spain Park to take on the Jaguars at 7 p.m.

Greg Genry and Brandon Massey contributed to this report.