Jags take down Warriors in region matchup
By ERIC STARLING/For the Reporter
HOOVER — Thompson traveled to Spain Park for a Sept 5 matchup with the Jaguars. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Jags scored early and often in the contest on the way to a 52-28 rout of the Warriors.
Thompson took possession at its own 35-yard line to start the game and moved the ball successfully into Jaguar territory. With a combination of run and pass, the Warriors marched to the Spain Park 25 and were facing a first and ten. Zach Brammer got hit on the play and fumbled the ball resulting in a first down for Spain Park at its own 29-yard line.
It took just three plays from scrimmage for the Jaguars to reach the end zone. Quarterback Mason Duke hit Owen Carr on a slant pass and Carr rumbled 55 yards for the score with 9:10 left in the first quarter.
The Jags scored 17 unanswered points in the first quarter and then tacked on another seven to start the second quarter when Duke scored from one yard out on a quarterback keeper.
A fumbled Thompson punt return was canceled out by a Spain Park penalty and on the ensuing replay of the punt, the snap sailed over the punter’s head setting up the Warriors at the Spain Park 2-yard line.
Junior running back Frank Mwakajumba took the handoff from Brammer and punched it in to the end zone for the Warriors with 2:26 remaining in the first half.
Spain Park would add another score before the half and take a 31-7 lead into the locker room.
Thompson took their first possession of the second half and drove 67 yards on six plays. Brammer’s pass to the corner was hauled in by Ryan Martin for the touchdown and a David Buckelew extra point made it 31-14, Spain Park.
Spain Park would push the lead to 52-14, scoring on three of their next four possessions.
Thompson finally found a little rhythm in the fourth quarter, scoring on drives of 92 yards and 29 yards. For the first score, Mwakajumba busted free for a 13-yard scoring run. The final score for the Warriors was a 29-yard pass from Brammer to Patrick Haywood.
The Warriors continue to travel next week as they head to Mountain Brook to face the Spartans.
Spain Park travels to Tuscaloosa County on Sept. 12.