No. 19 Thompson battles No. 22 Central (Phenix City) for Alabama 7A high school football state championship Wednesday night

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For the second year in a row, Central (Phenix City) and Thompson will battle for the Alabama 7A high school football state championship Wednesday night at 7 P.M. at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Both teams enter the game ranked highly in the High School Football America 100 national rankings — Thompson at No. 19 and defending state champ Central at No. 22.

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In the 2018 title game, Central got out to an early lead and never looked back in 52-7 victory.

Central is loaded with D1 talent, led by wide receiver E.J. Williams, who has given his verbal commitment to Clemson. Red Devils quarterback Tucker Melton is a Bowling Green-commit and is protected up-front by linemen Javion Cohen (Auburn) and Joshua Jones (Kentucky).

On defense, Central’s D1 commits are safety Terrell Gordon (Georgia State) and cornerback Mike Harris (Arkansas).

Thompson quarterback Sawyer Pate and wide receiver Mike Pettway are both 3-star uncommitted recruits.

Pate has completed over 75-percent of his passes with 39 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Pettway has caught 58 balls 1,042 yards with 15 touchdowns.

On defense, defensive end Jeeremiah Alexander is considered 5-star prospect as a sophomore.

Thompson is 11-1 with its only loss coming against Hewitt-Trussville on October 25. Central has won 12 straight after losing its season-opener 17-14 to No. 58 Hoover.

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