Our Friday Night Game of the Week
Semifinal Round Game on November 20, 2020
#2 Hoover at #1 Thompson
Thompson comes into the game at 12-0 on the season while Hoover is 11-1 on the year. The Bucs only loss was to the Warriors a few weeks ago. Thompson defeated Hoover 39-23 during week nine of the 2020 regular season in Warriors Stadium. Thompson led throughout the game. The Bucs defense turned in three turnovers with one being a touchdown on a return fumble recovery scoop and score. The Warriors defense had a pick six for a score.
Hoover averages 38.3 points per game and gives up 18.8 points per game while Thompson averages 43.6 points per game while giving up 15.0 points per game. Thompson had defeated Hoover in the last three games the two teams have played each other.
QB Josh Lundy (Senior) - completed 178-of-302 passing for 2,678 yards with 27 TD's & 4 INT's
RB Dylan Pauley (Senior) - rushed for 564 yards on 109 carries (5.2 avg) with 8 TD's
RB Jaylen Taylor (Junior) - rushed for 760 yards on 91 carries (8.4 avg) with 11 TD's
RB Ahamari Williams (Soph) - rushed for 345 yards on 71 carries with 5 TD's
WR Malik Thomas (Senior) - caught 47 passes for 724 yards with 10 TD's
WR RJ Hamilton (Soph) - caught 51 passes for 1,052 yards with 9 TD's
QB Connor Harrell (Junior) - completed 193-of-258 passing for 3,043 yards with 34 touchdowns and 3 interceptions
RB Jarrett Crockett (Senior) - rushed for 811 yards on 123 carries (6.6 avg) with 13 TD's
RB Ahmari Bolden (Junior) - rushed for 337 yards on 60 carries (6.0 avg) with 1 TD's
WR JB Mitchell (Senior) - caught 65 passes for 1,091 yards (16.8 avg) with 11 TD's
WR Ryan Peppins (Junior) - caught 57 passes for 933 yards (16.4 avg) with 11 TD's
WR Tre Roberson (Senior) - caught 37 passes for 458 yards (12.4 avg) with 5 TD's
WR Sam Reynolds (Senior) - caught 26 passes for 465 yards (17.9 avg) with 6 TD's
LB Jeremiah Alexander (Junior) - recorded 98 tackles, 27.0 TFL & 6 sacks
LB Jax Van Zandt (Junior) - recorded 89 tackles, 9.5 TFL
DB Tony Mitchell (Sophomore) - recorded a team high of three interceptions on the season (8 as a team)
K Trevor Hardy (Junior) - has kicked 67 extra points
When Hoover has the ball...
Lundy needs a big game in the passing area, but the Bucs need to have balance to keep the Warriors pass rush from making hits on Lundy. Hoover will need to have big games from Pauley, Taylor or Porter at running back along with Hamilton and Thomas at receiver. The Bucs had a hard time getting Thomas in the offense in the last game against Thompson. The Bucs do a good job of spreading the ball around and they will need to do that to knock off Thompson.
When Thompson has the ball...
Thompson likes to throw the ball and get the football to their playmakers. JB Mitchell, Ryan Peppins, Tre Roberson and Sam Reynolds can make the big play at anytime on the field. They can turn a short pass for a long touchdown catch and run or go deep on any play. Peppins is coming off a big game against Hewitt-Trussville last week. After Thompson gets the lead, the ball goes into Jarrett Crockett hands for carries to run out the clock. Crockett can catch the ball out of the backfield so he is a weapon in the passing game. The big four receivers have been to much for opposing defenses all season long and will be difficult for the Bucs defense to contain them this game.