Thompson Faces Undefeated Central-Phenix City In Marquee Alabama High School Football Championship Game

| December 6, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Solomon Crenshaw Jr.

Thirty-six years ago, Larry Simmons became the lone member of an exclusive club. That’s when his Thompson High School team beat Oxford High 14-11 for the 1982 Class 3A state football championship.

That made Simmons, who went on to become principal of the school before retiring, the only Warriors coach to win a state title.

Did the Hall of Famer think he would never have any company in that club?

“Well,” he said, “you never give up hope.”

Tonight at 7 on the Plains of Auburn University, the ranks of state championship Thompson football coaches could double to two. That’s when Mark Freeman leads his Warriors against Central-Phenix City in a bid for a Class 7A state championship.

That game is the first of seven football crowns that will be earned during the three-day Super Seven event at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

“It’s a culmination of a long, long season,” Freeman said. “We’ve been going over 20 weeks now. All the offseason (workouts) at 6 in the morning, four days a week. I’m excited, they’re excited. But at the same time, we’ve been to a lot of big games the last seven weeks. It’s just the next big game on our schedule.

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