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Thompson Warriors

Head Coach: Mark Freeman (second season)
Stadium: James L. Simmons Stadium
Career Record: 17 seasons, (169-42)
At Thompson: one season, (5-5)
2016 Enrollment:  1,384
Rank:  13th in the AHSAA, 13th in Class 7A

Overall Record:   367-335-8   (52.0%)
Last 25 years:   111-147   (43.0%)  (Rank: 251st in the AHSAA, 27th in Class 7A)
Since 2010:   15-45  (25.0%)  (Rank: 331st in the AHSAA, 29th in Class 7A)
Last Playoff Appearance:   2006
Last Region Championship:   1997
Last Winning Season:   2015
Last Losing Season:   2014

Class:  7A              Region:   3
Record:  5-5
Region Record:   2-5, (sixth)
Playoff Record:   Did not qualify.
Final ASWA Poll:   Not Ranked
Scoring:  279 (27.9)
Defense:  206 (20.6)

College Signees lost to Graduation
      Walker Lott,   QB  [Yale]

Class: 7A              Region:   3
Strength of Schedule: 52-50 (51%) (163rd in the AHSAA, 26th in Class 7A)
Region Strength:  43-37 (54%)
Non-Region Strength:  9-13 (41%)

D1 Prospects
      Austin Davis,  5-11,  177,  S

 2015 Results 
 8/21  vs. Wetumpka  (6A)   37-13   W  
 8/28  vs. Pelham  (6A)   43-13   W  
 9/4  vs. Spain Park  (7A)  *  14-15   L  
 9/11  vs. Mountain Brook  (7A)  *  21-14   W  
 9/18  @ Hoover  (7A)  *  14-31   L  
 9/25   OPEN 
 10/2  vs. Vestavia Hills  (7A)  *  13-23   L  
 10/9  @ Hewitt-Trussville  (7A)  *  17-35   L  
 10/16  vs. Tuscaloosa County  (7A)  *  27-0   W  
 10/23  @ Oak Mountain  (7A)  *  37-41   L  
 10/29  vs. Chelsea  (6A)   56-21   W  

 2016 Schedule 
 8/19   OPEN 
 8/27   Godby FL        
 9/2  @ Tuscaloosa County  (7A)  *      
 9/9  @ Mountain Brook  (7A)  *      
 9/16  vs. Oak Mountain  (7A)  *      
 9/23  @ Pelham  (6A)       
 9/30  vs. Vestavia Hills  (7A)  *      
 10/6  vs. Spain Park  (7A)  *      
 10/14  @ Huffman  (7A)  *      
 10/21  vs. Hoover  (7A)  *      
 10/27  vs. Hillcrest Tuscaloosa  (6A)       

Class  7A Region  3
Team 2015 Record Scoring                            
Hoover (7A) 10-3337-137
Huffman (6A) 4-7124-203
Mountain Brook (7A) 3-7134-237
Oak Mountain (7A) 5-5213-213
Spain Park (7A) 12-2302-140
Thompson (7A) 5-5279-206
Tuscaloosa County (7A) 0-1082-274
Vestavia Hills (7A) 9-3261-187

 2016 Preview 

       Thompson completed the 2015 season with a 5-5 record. Last year Thompson finished sixth in Class 7A region three with a 2-5 region record and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

       The Warriors improved in 2015 with their first winning season since 2006. The Warriors won as many games as in any season since 2006. The Warriors have not qualified for the playoffs since the 2006 season and would love to end that streak this year. The Warriors hope to continue the success they had last season. Coach Freeman saw improvement as they won five games following a 0-10 record in 2014.

       Since 2010, the Thompson football program has struggled with a record of 15-45.

       Over the past 25 seasons, Thompson has managed to compile a record of 111-147. Their 43.0% winning percentage ranks 27th in Class 7A and 251st in the AHSAA.

       The Warriors are led by head coach Mark Freeman who is entering his second season at the helm. His team finished with a 5-5 record in his first season at Thompson. The Warriors saw improvement from a 0-10 record the season before coach Freeman arrived. The Warriors have yet to reach the playoffs under his direction. They have not won a region crown with Coach Freeman.

       Coach Freeman's overall record as a head football coach in seventeen season stands at 169-42 (80.1%). His 169 wins rank 15th among active coaches in the AHSAA. Over the course of his career, Coach Freeman's teams have qualified for the playoffs a total of fifteen times and won nine region championships. He has a 33-9 record in the playoffs during his career. The playoff victories rank with the best among active coaches. Coach Freeman won six state championships prior to arriving at Thompson, the last coming in 2013 at Spanish Fort.

       The Thompson Warriors will play in Class 7A region three during the 2016 season.

       The Warriors will be in the mix for one of the last two playoff spots in region three this season. Thompson has failed to qualify for the playoffs since 2006 but hope to return to the post season this year.

      Thompson will be working hard to take the next step under coach Freeman. Last year the Warriors won five games for the first time since 2006 and hope to see that success grow to a playoff spot in 2016.

       The Warriors open the 2016 season at home against non-region opponent Godby FL on Friday, August 26 at James L. Simmons Stadium.

       This will be the second meeting between Thompson and Godby FL on the football field. The Warriors have a 1-0-0 record against Godby FL. They last met in with

       College prospects include: Austin Davis (5-11, 177) safety,


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