THS sets 2018 football schedule, still seeking 10th game

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Thompson Warriors will kick off the 2018 football season by taking part in the annual Champions Challenge at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in late August, and will have their first home game at the new Thompson High School stadium in mid-September, according to the team’s schedule for the upcoming season.

Thompson, which is coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history at 12-1, will face fellow 7A team James Clemens out of Madison City Schools in the Champions Challenge in Montgomery beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. It will mark Thompson’s first-ever matchup with the Jets, who finished the 2017 season with a 3-7 record.

Following the neutral-site matchup to start the season, the Warriors will take a lengthy road trip to Foley the following week to take on the Lions on their home turf. Foley, which plays in Class 7A, Region 1, finished the 2017 season with a 5-5 record. This will mark the first-ever matchup between Thompson and Foley.

On Sept. 7, the Warriors will travel to Hoover High School to continue one of the newest Class 7A, Region 3, rivalries. THS defeated Hoover for the first time in school history during the 2017 regular season, but fell to the Buccaneers in the playoff semifinals. Hoover went on to win the 7A state championship.

Thompson will have its first home game at the new THS stadium on Friday, Sept. 14, against region foe Oak Mountain. Oak Mountain finished the 2017 season with a 5-5 record, including a 49-14 loss to the Warriors.

THS will travel to Tuscaloosa County on Sept. 21 to face the region foe Wildcats. Tuscaloosa County finished the 2017 season with a 2-8 record, including a 63-22 loss to Thompson.

Region foe Spain Park will travel to Thompson on Oct. 5 to take on the Warriors. The Jaguars ended the 2017 season with a 6-5 record, including a 40-17 loss to THS, and a trip to the first round of the 7A playoffs.

THS will then face Vestavia Hills at home and Mountain Brook on the road on Oct. 12 and Oct. 19, respectively. Vestavia posted a 4-6 record in 2017, including a 45-14 loss to Thompson, and Mountain Brook finished the 2017 season with an 8-4 record, losing to THS 40-13 in the regular season and 34-10 in the second round of the playoffs.

Thompson will return home on Oct. 26 to face Region 3 newcomer Hewitt-Trussville. The Huskies have seen plenty of success over the last several years, ending the 2017 season with an 11-1 record and a loss to Hoover in the second round of the playoffs. Thompson has only played Hewitt-Trussville eight previous times, with the Huskies currently holding a 5-3 advantage.

The Warriors currently only have nine games scheduled for the 2018 season, and have open dates on Sept. 28 and Nov. 1. On June 25, THS head coach Mark Freeman said the school was still working to find an opponent to play on one of those dates.