As the weather dwindled during the AHSAA Class 7A title match and Thompson’s coaches descended from the booth before the final whistle, Tre’Quon Fegans and other players began posing for photos. Some pointed to their relatives and friends in the stands.
Thompson’s defense has won all year, coach Mark Freeman said.
He did not allow any points until September 10 and a touchdown until October 1. On Wednesday night at Protective Stadium, the Warriors defeated Central-Phenix City 38-22 for their fourth championship in program history.
Before heading to Tuscaloosa next year, Jeremiah Alexander and Tre’Quon Fegans had one last night to celebrate with their teammates, so who could blame them if it started a few minutes earlier?
“We’ve really put our heads down every season,” said Alexander, “… The triple round is a blessing, especially with the guys I grew up with. “
Alexander and Fegans – who lost their freshman year to the Red Devils in the last game, then lost just twice more in their high school careers – were integral parts of Super 7. The two in Alabama s. engage, Fegans led the Warriors (13-1) with seven tackles and Alexander bagged a 3rd down early.
Thompson allowed 7.1 points per game in 2021, the best team score since 1987 when she allowed 8.0 points per game. Central-Phenix quarterback Caleb Nix and main weapon Karmello English (a wide receiver with Auburn and Alabama among his top eight) only connected twice for 17 yards. Nix has also been intercepted three times, including one to Anquon Fegans, Tre’Quon’s younger brother.
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Alexander, the five-star who plans to enter Tuscaloosa early, helped disrupt Central-Phenix (13-1) on the defensive line with his third sack of the playoffs. Four-star Tre’Quon Fegans also notched his second playoff interception as he continued his hot streak since his stint from Miami to the Crimson Tide last October.
The two Fegans, junior Tony Mitchell and senior Trevor Hardy both shot in English. Thompson appeared to be playing the man-to-man defense at the border and Nix couldn’t take advantage of it. Whenever Central-Phenix charged up the strong side of the field, Tre’Quon Fegans blasted the short side and contested a handful of shots.
“I can’t say enough about what (defensive coordinator) Shawn (Defoor) has done for us,” said Freeman.
After the first batch of photos with the last trophy, Alexander searched for his mother, Latricia. The parents had crafted necklaces made from wrappers of candy and folded dollar bills, a tradition instituted by former quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa at the start of that championship streak, in anticipation of this moment.
Latricia smiled at her son. She told Alexander she was proud. As fireworks sounded above her head, as one chapter of Alexander’s life came to an end and another approached quickly, she hung the candies around her neck.
“I can’t just say it’s my legacy,” Alexander said, “… it’s been all of us. “
Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on twitter @nick_a_alvarez or send him an e-mail at [email protected].