Thompson’s football game against Lipscomb Academy will be nationally televised by ESPN


ESPN announced today that Thompson’s home football game against Tennessee powerhouse Lipscomb Academy will be nationally televised as part of the Geico High School Kickoff.

The Warriors, three-time defending Class 7A champions, host Lipscomb Academy in Nashville on Saturday, August 27 at 8 p.m., broadcast by ESPNU.

“We are thrilled to be featured as part of the launch of Geico High School and equally thrilled to welcome Lipscomb Academy to Warrior Stadium,” said Thompson athletic director Vincent Pitts. “I am grateful to our head coach Mark Freeman, our staff and our players and I appreciate ESPN, our administration and our school board for helping us develop these opportunities further.

“We are blessed to have this opportunity for our players, our coaches and our community and we look forward to welcoming everyone on August 27.”

Lipscomb Academy is coached by former NFL veteran and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, who led the Mustangs to a state title last season, their first since 2007. Dilfer took over the program in 2019 and guided the Mustangs to the state championship game in 2020 before falling.

The game marks Thompson’s third time playing on ESPN, including twice at Alabaster.

Thompson has played for the Class 7A title each of the past four seasons, losing to Central-Phenix City in 2018 before winning three consecutive championships.

The game against Lipscomb Academy caps off a daunting August schedule for the Warriors, who open against perennial champion Georgia Buford on Aug. 19 at the Freedom Bowl in Atlanta. Buford has won three straight Georgia titles — the last two in Class 6A — and 14 overall.

It’s the 13th year of ESPN’s Geico High School football kickoff with play beginning Thursday, August 25.

The seven-game roster includes 28 players ranked in the ESPN 300 and ESPN Junior 300 and will be featured on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN app. Of the 300 participating ESPN athletes, nine have already committed to top Division I college football programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M and USC.

Lipscomb was 13-1 last season en route to the Tennessee 2A state championship. On defense, the Mustangs have two ESPN Junior 300-rated players: No. 127 Edwin Spillman – OLB and No. 149 Kaleb Beasley – CB. On offense, senior WR Junior Sherrill and Nate Spillman head to Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

Thompson’s defense includes No. 9 Peter Woods – DT (No. 1 defensive lineman, Clemson commitment) and No. 16 Tony Mitchell – CB (Alabama Commit). The attack is anchored by No. 87 Stanton Ramil.


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