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.
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).
EJ Williams receives his @AllAmericaGame jersey before tonight’s Central (Phenix City, Al) Red Devils game against Jeff Davis. Williams is with his HC @JameyDubose. Red Devils enter the game ranked No. 43 in our Top 100. @CHSREDDEVILS @UAFootball @_ejda1 pic.twitter.com/KJwE34rLMz— High School Football America (@HSFBamerica) October 18, 2019
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.