Thomas made the most of his opportunity.
The senior running back lit up Cordova for 229 yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries in the Bulldogs’ 45-6 season-opening victory.
Thomas helped break open the game with his first score, a 59-yard touchdown in the opening quarter.
He added his most impressive score, a 92-yard touchdown in the third quarter. With Dora deep in its own territory, Thomas broke to the sideline and outraced Cordova defenders to the end zone. Thomas added a 37-yard score in the fourth.
Behind Thomas’ efforts, Dora racked up an impressive 458 yards on the ground in the win.
Thomas is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Offensive Player of the Week.
On the defensive side of the ball, Sumiton Christian shut down Shades Mountain Christian in Friday’s opener, 35-0.
Linebacker Aaron Tucker led the way, registering 11 tackles, a pair of sacks and a tackle for loss in the win. The Eagles’ defense held Shades Mountain to 115 total yards in the game, including minus-13 yards on the ground.
Tucker is the Daily Mountain Eagle’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Tucker also added a pair of touchdown receptions (20 and 37 yards) from quarterback Austin Clark.
Other top performances last week:
Parrish’s Jermichael Harris gave Oakman problems all night in the Tornadoes’ 33-24 victory Friday night.
Harris had 262 all purpose yards and three touchdowns for the Torandoes. He rushed for 142 yards and two scores (47 and 40 yards) on 12 carries. Harris also had 112 return yards, including a 70-yard kickoff return for a score and he hauled in one pass for 10 yards.
•Dora’s Caleb May rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on four carries and also completed a pair of passes for 51 yards and a score in the Bulldogs’ win over Cordova.
•Lynn’s Brody Meeks and Dakota Bell had a hand in all five of the Bears’ touchdowns in Friday’s 38-25 victory over Winston County. Bell rushed for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Meeks rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, passed for another 65 yards and a touchdown and also returned an interception 30 yards for a score.
•In his first varsity start at quarterback, Curry’s Bradley Loggins threw three touchdown passes (18, 20 and 72) in the Yellow Jackets’ 58-13 victory over Carbon Hill in the season opener.
•Two Meek players topped the 100-yard mark on the ground in the Tigers 21-20 overtime victory over Appalachian. Running back Cameron Hallmark rushed 25 times for 166 yards and a touchdown while Seth Newton picked up 114 yards on 13 carries as Meek won its region opener for the first time since the 2006 season.
•Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs rushed for a pair of touchdowns (29, 17) and 94 yards in the Eagles’ 35-0 victory over Shades Mountain Christian.
•Parrish’s defense forced four fumbles in a 33-24 win over Oakman on Friday. Chris Evans led the team with eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and a fumble recovery. Jaylan Clay had two tackles and five pass deflections.
•Walker’s Quadrekas Key had six receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also added a pair of interceptions, returning one 64 yards for a touchdown to account for both Walker scores in a 42-14 loss at Cullman. Blake Moore led the Vikings with 15 tackles while Austin Mansell had 12.
•Oakman’s Jase Trotter had a hand in four touchdowns in Friday’s loss to Parrish. Trotter threw a pair of touchdown passes (64, 9) and also rushed for two touchdowns (4, 6). He had 200 yards of offense (165 passing, 35 rushing). Defensively, Jeffrey Allen had 12 tackles, including three for loss.