Hewitt-Trussville fans flock to Golden Rule BBQ each Saturday morning where they talk about the Huskies latest football games while they enjoy breakfast. They hope to have a region championship to talk about this Saturday.
The Huskies (7-2) visit Thompson (7-1) Friday in the region finale for both teams. The winner claims a share of the region crown. They’re locked in a four-way tie for first place in 7A Region 3 with Hoover and Mountain Brook. It’s a matchup that’s generating a lot of hype in both communities, and Golden Rule owner Rick Fortenberry knows his customers will be happy if the Huskies prevail.
“Oh it’ll be great for Trussville,” he said. “But it’ll be a great game anyway. So they’re going to play their best, and maybe we’ll come out with a victory.”
The buzz is just as big in Alabaster, where Hardee’s shift leader Christy Hayes says she’s been hearing about the matchup all week.
“We have a lot of the high school students that work here in the evening, so there’s been a lot about it,” she said. “A lot of the football players come in in the morning and eat breakfast on their way to school.”
And if the region title implications aren’t enough to get fans pumped up for the game, it’s also on national TV.
“That’s a big experience,” former Thompson receiver Danshya McKnight said. “I never experienced it when I played. We did have scouts out there. But to be on national TV – that’s a big thing.”
The matchup is a glimpse at the future for many Alabama fans, as both starting quarterbacks are committed to the Crimson Tide. Thompson is led by Taulia Tagovailoa, younger brother of current Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Paul Tyson, great grandson of Bear Bryant, leads the Huskies.
“You’re talking about Alabama’s future with these two quarterbacks, so it’s going to be interesting to see who outperforms the other,” Alabama fan Jimmy Hammock said. “It’s a win-win for Alabama either way. So I think it’s going to be really in interesting ballgame.”
And the winner, with a little help, could claim the region’s highest playoff seed. Thompson clinches that with a win and a Mountain Brook victory over Hoover. Hewitt-Trussville needs to beat the Warriors and get a Hoover victory over Mountain Brook.
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. at Thompson High School.