SYLACAUGA -- Alex Thomason was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week for his record-setting performance in Sylacauga’s 49-34, high school football loss to Central Clay County on Friday.
This is Thomason’s second time this season being selected Player of the Week.
“It is an honor to be Player of the Week for the second time this year,” Thomason said. “I think this is a team award. I couldn’t do it without my linemen blocking for me and the other backs blocking for me. I couldn’t do it without my coaches coming up with a good game plan for us to execute. I would like to thank God, because he blessed with me with the ability to be able to do it.”
Thomason rushed for a career-high 366 yards and three touchdowns on 35 carries against Clay Central. The 35 carries and 366 yards were school records.
“I really didn’t know that I had that many yards,” Thomason said. “It was kind of getting easy because my linemen had the best game that they have had this year. Things were opening up for me and all I had to do was run. I just want to thank my boys (linemen) for that.”
Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith lauded Thomason’s and the offensive line’s performance. Griffith said he has been blessed to have several good running backs during his tenure at Sylacauga.
“You can’t say enough about the kid,” Griffith said. “He is probably the toughest running back that we have had to come through here. We have been fortunate over the 12 years to have some good ones. I don’t mine naming them: Josh Crowe, DeMorrise Bledsoe, Ian Floyd and now to Alex.
“We have had some really good ones, and they have all had their day in the sun with their performances. Friday night against one of the best defenses in the state, I thought upfront we played really well. It was a great performance from a great football player.”
Thomason has rushed for 1,600 yards this season through eight games, placing him among the state leaders. The most rushing yards reported in Alabama on MaxPreps is 1,415 by Decatur’s Ladarrius Woods.
“I’m prejudice. I think he is the best all-around as far as between the tackles and things you want a running back to do,” Griffith said. “I think he is the best, if not one of the best, in the state. He is at 1,600 yards. If he stays healthy, and we get in the playoff and do well, I can’t image him not being on the all-state team.
“I don’t think he has been selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, and that is a shame. It is a shame that somebody of his caliber has not been selected to represent Alabama in an all-star game.”
Thomason said he appreciates what his parents have done for him. He also thanked his role model, Floyd, for the support that he has given him over the years.
“I would like to thank my mom, because she has helped me out the whole way,” he said. “I would to thank my dad, because he helped me become the athlete that I am. I would like to thank my big brother (Floyd). He has helped me out a lot. I talk to him before every game and I see him almost after every game. I think he is proud of me.”
Thomason and the Aggies (6-2) will try to clinch the third seed in Class 5A, Region 4 when they face Cleburne County on Friday in Heflin. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.