Thompson drops spring jamboree to Sylacauga

The Thompson High School football team scored with 3 seconds remaining May 21, but it wasn’t enough as the Class 5A Sylacauga Aggies scored 14 points in the first half and held on for the 20-7 victory.

The Aggies got on the board at the end of the first quarter when Jamal Hatton scampered 20 yards for the touchdown to put Sylacauga up 7-0 following Austin Masters’ extra-point kick.

The Warriors threatened to score in the second quarter following a 52-yard run by Chris Cooper, but the drive stalled inside the 10-yard line following two penalties on Thompson.

Austin Sapp missed the 32-yard field goal for Warriors to leave the score 7-0.

“We made too many mistakes, but that’s going to happen in a spring game,” Thompson head coach Brian Maner said.

Hatton added another score for Sylacauga with 3:31 left in the half on a 3-yard run to increase the Aggie lead to 14-0.

The Warriors came out strong in the second half, scoring on the first play from scrimmage on an 80-yard Demarcus Threatt run, but the play was called back for blocking in the back.

The Thompson drive stalled, and the Warriors were forced to punt.

Neither team threatened to score again until the fourth quarter when the Aggies drove 60 yards and punched the ball in from 2 yards out to go up 20-0.

The Warriors, however, refused to be shut out and got on the board with 3 seconds left in the game when Trey Matherson connected with Jordan Myers for the 33-yard touchdown pass.

Despite the outcome of the score, Maner said he was pleased with the way his team adjusted to its new offensive scheme.

“We played a lot of young kids, and we’ve got to keep working at it,” Maner said. “These kids have worked hard all spring and it takes a little time for them to get adjusted.”

The Warriors will play host to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Aug. 20 in a fall scrimmage before opening the 2010 regular season at home against Stanhope Elmore.