October 25, 2011

Thompson Hoping For the Playoffs

With the regular season winding down and teams across the country positioning themselves for playoff seeds, Texas A&M has seen just about all of their commitments involved with successful programs who all are starting to look to make a deep playoff run.

Fort Bend (TX) Elkins happens to have two of the commits from the phenomenal 2012 recruiting class in center Mike Matthews and safety Corey Thompson. Both have family ties to their future University and both are ranked among the best at their respective positions in the country. The focus for them now though is is gearing up for the final playoff run of the high school careers.

"Well, we have our game with Kempner this week and then we will be playing in a game the following week for the right to represent the district in the playoffs," said Thompson Monday. "We don't know who we will play yet just that they will be from the other zone. Basically that is the start of the playoffs for this district.

The playoff picture for district 23-5A is a unique one in the fact that the district is split into Zone A and Zone B each containing five teams. Elkins resides in Zone A and has locked up the number two seed from that Zone and will face the Zone B three seed team that will be determined with this week's games. A playoff berth will be on the line in two of the three games in the district in the final week of the season. (There will be a quiz on this later).

Elkins sewed up their place in the district playoff last week when they held off a second half rally by Fort Bend (TX) Marshall. It is a yearly game that Thompson says is always tight.

"Marshall always gives us a good game," said the 6-foot-2, 205 pound senior. "Every year that I have been in high school we have always had a close game with Marshall. We came out there in the first half and we played real good, they only had 19 yards of offense in the half. In the second half they had a little come back on us. Our offense kept scoring but they kind of gashed our defense a little bit. They made some good adjustments at the half."

"As long as we can come out and play the whole game moving forward we will be ok," added Thompson. "We can't have a quarter or a half that we don't play because the teams get better from here on out. If we can do that we should be able to make a good playoff run."

Thompson saw teams challenge him early and often during the first few weeks of the season but since his early success against the pass, teams have had to change their approach.

"I haven't had a lot of interceptions since early in the year," he said. "I should have more but I haven't gotten the ball thrown my way too much in the last four or five games. I've been spending a lot of times down in the box defending the run because most teams like to try and run on us. I haven't really kept up with my tackles all year but I know I have had a lot with all of the teams running so much.

"As we get closer and closer to the playoffs I think other teams are going to start gambling some and try to keep us out," he added. "I expect teams to start trying to throw the ball more and then once you get to the playoffs teams do whatever they can to win."

Thompson and Matthews will play what is essentially a meaningless game with Kempner this Saturday and will likely face off with either Fort Bend (TX) Austin or Fort Bend (TX) Travis the following week for a playoff berth.

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