THS finalizes 2019 football schedule

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The Thompson Warriors will once again face a grueling Class 7A, Region 3 slate of opponents in the fall as they look to defend their state championship game appearance from last season.

THS recently finalized its 2019 football schedule, featuring four away games and non-region matchups with a few schools from south Alabama.

The Warriors are coming off two of the most successful back-to-back seasons in school history, compiling a 23-3 overall record, a region championship, school-record point totals and an appearance in the 7A title game during those two years.

Thompson will open the season at home on Aug. 24 against Davidson High School out of Mobile as part of a double-header at Warrior Stadium to raise support for the battle against childhood cancer, followed by a home contest against Foley High School.

The Warriors will continue their recently heated rivalry with region foe Hoover High School at Warrior Stadium on Sept. 6. THS and Hoover are 2-2 over the past two seasons, with THS beating Hoover for the first time ever in 2017 before the Bucs knocked the Warriors out of the playoffs later the same year. Last season, Hoover beat Thompson early in the year, but THS recorded a last-minute come-from-behind victory in the playoff semifinals to punch a ticket to the 7A title game.

Thompson’s first road game will come against region opponent Oak Mountain on Sept. 13, followed by a home region game against Tuscaloosa County on Sept. 20. THS beat Oak Mountain 35-21 last season, and took down Tuscaloosa County 35-0.

Following a bye week, Thompson will travel to region opponent Spain Park on Oct. 4, followed by back-to-back region games at Vestavia Hills and at home against Mountain Brook. The Warriors beat all three last season by scores of 35-7, 21-20 and 31-7, respectively.

THS will then travel to region opponent Hewitt-Trussville on Oct. 25 to close out the regular season and continue a modern classic series. Last year, the Warriors and the Huskies faced off on ESPN2 to finish out the regular season, with THS winning a wild 63-49 shootout. Three weeks later, the Warriors dominated the Huskies 37-13 in the second round of the playoffs.

THS originally had a 10th game scheduled with Crestview (Florida) High School to finish out the season, but the game has been canceled.