Thompson loses at Mountain Brook in opener

It was the tale of two halves and a lesson in depth as cramps and exhaustion proved to be the downfall of a Thompson team Friday night on the road at Mountain Brook.

The Warriors (0-1, 0-1 in Class 6A, Region 6) fell 34-7 to the Spartans.

Thompson’s defense was swarming all over the field in the first quarter and forced Mountain Brook into a fourth-down situation after just three plays. However, a little trickery caused an off-sides on the Warriors, which later turned into a Chris Branch to Spencer Martin touchdown for the Spartans for first score of the game.

For the remainder of the first quarter, the two teams traded possessions with limited success on the offensive side of the ball. With 8:50 left in the second quarter, the Warriors’ David Bria hit Deshaunta Bivins outside and the senior wide receiver darted 43 yards down the line to paydirt leaving a host of Spartans behind him.

The Spartans would add seven more points before the half when Branch connected with Senior Bradford Houseal for a 62-yard score with 1:47 before the break.

In the second half, the Warriors were plagued with bad field position and players cramping up. As the Thompson players continued to be ushered off the field and stretched on the sideline, the Spartans continued to tack on the yardage. The Spartans added three more scores in the second half. Mountain Brook finished with 409 total yards.

For the Warriors, Kevin Woody was the leading rusher and Kenny Johnson was the leading receiver. Defensively, Michael Foshee led Thompson with 16 tackles.

The Warriors host Austin next week in a non-region contest.