Injuries plague Thompson in shutout

Published 12:04 am Saturday, September 20, 2008

On what turned out to be a beautiful night, it was all ugly on the football field as turnovers, penalties and injuries plagued the Thompson Warriors in a 36-0 shutout loss to the Hoover Bucs.

The region loss is a blow to the Warriors’ (2-2, 0-2) record, but the loss of quarterback David Bria and running back Sideeq Cooper could be a much larger blow.

Bria did not play in the second half after suffering a foot injury and Cooper did not play the majority of the second half after suffering a neck injury.

The senior running back was knocked unconscious midway through the third quarter, although Cooper was talking and moving before the ambulance took him away to Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

“We’ve got to have some guys come in and step up now,” Thompson head coach Brian Maner said.

Prior to the two injuries, the Warriors kept the game close through the first half.

The Bucs took the opening kickoff and drove deep into Thompson territory before the Warrior defense held strong on a fourth-and-1 play.

After the Thompson offense stalled, the Bucs drove deep into Warrior territory again, but a Hoover fumble at the goal line resulted in a turnover.

With the ball in the shadow of their own end zone, the Warriors could not get their offense going and had to rely on a fake punt to get some yardage, Although the fake and a face mask penalty gave the Warriors good field position, the team could not do anything with it and was forced to punt.

The Bucs took the ensuing punt 79 yards for the score, but a block in the back penalty negated the run. The Bucs would not be stopped as Simon Propst connected for a 13-yard touchdown pass to give Hoover a 7-0 lead.

After a short kick return, the Warriors once again had the ball in the shadow of their own end zone, but this time the drive ended with a safety on a blocked punt to give Hoover a 9-0 lead.

Propst was intercepted on the following drive, but a short Thompson punt gave the ball back to Bucs and Hoover quickly went to work, scoring on a 4-yard pass to go up 16-0.

Both quarterbacks would be intercepted one more time before the half.

In the second half, it was all Hoover.

A blocked field goal and a 95-yard touchdown return gave Hoover a 22-0 lead, and then Propst completed a 2-yard pass to go up 29-0 in the third quarter.

Propst threw for one more touchdown in the final quarter to close out the scoring.

Offensively for the Warriors, Cooper had 133 of Thompson’s 184 rushing yards. The Warriors finished with only 30 passing yards, with Cooper pulling down 23 of those.

“We’ve got to get better at every phase of the game and continue to work hard,” Maner said.

The Warriors play host to Gardendale on Friday. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.