The best high school football team in the largest AHSAA classification is led by an eighth-grade quarterback.
Let that soak in for a minute.
Trent Seaborn was the starting quarterback of the Thompson High football team in Wednesday night’s 49-24 victory over Auburn in the Class 7A title game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Seaborn also took home player of the game honors after helping the Warriors win an unprecedented fourth consecutive Class 7A championship game.
“Trent fits our style,” said Thompson coach Mark Freeman, who won a state title for the 10th time as a high school coach. “Defense (in football today) is so good that you cannot be one-dimensional. He understands the game and the changes we make. He is a student of the game, and he has a God-given ability to understand it.”
He also plays the game really well.
On Wednesday, Seaborn was 12 of 14 for 207 yards with five touchdowns. Most of that passing game production went to receiver Korbyn Williams, who had six catches, on seven targets, for 142 yards with four touchdowns.
The Warriors’ running game was also solid. The Warriors gained 171 yards on 39 carries with the bulk of the production coming from Arrington Green, who had 147 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder.
“You have to run the ball, and coming in, we felt like it was our strength,” Freeman said. “The work our coaches did with our offensive line was amazing.”
Thompson scored on its first three series and enjoyed a 28-7 lead at halftime.
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Auburn 26, Oxford 6: Syrian Daniels scored on a 70-yard pass from Brooke Hallman to start the scoring, and Auburn scored all its points in the first half to claim the state title. Overall, Hallman threw four touchdown passes, including a pair to Kristianna Ware.
It was a perfect ending to the season for Auburn.
“At the beginning [of the season], we couldn’t catch or throw, and we had no team chemistry,” said Daniels. “That has changed a lot since then.”
Hallman was 19 of 30 for 224 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Ware had seven catches for 81 yards, Taite Pearson had five catches for 33 yards with a touchdown, and Daniels had three catches for 76 yards.
“It will take a moment to sink in, but I am so proud, and they are such great leaders,” said Auburn coach Alison Link. “I thank them for letting me be a part of all of it.”
“At the beginning, we couldn’t catch or throw, and we had no team chemistry,” said Syrian Daniels. “That has changed a lot since then.”
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