Many prospects never have the opportunity to play for a state championship. Somebody has to win and somebody has to lose at state and Abbeville was victorious last season in the 1A state title game. Well the Panthers found themselves playing in the state championship game again against Hemingway and accomplished a feat not many players or programs have achieved in repeating as state champions. We caught up with one of their top prospects, cornerback/safety Reggie Thomas who was one of the team's leaders again this season to talk about winning back to back titles and more.
Having emerged victorious last season against Bamberg-Ehrhardt in the state title game the Panthers didn't waste any time establishing their goals for this season Thomas told us.
"As soon as the state game ended last year. We got together and said we wanted to get back for our senior year."
So shutting out Hemingway 20-0 to repeat as state champions what was Thomas' experience as time expired and their dream was a reality?
"The feeling was just amazing. It was a true blessing to get back and win it all! I was just excited! All our hard work had paid off and we finally reached our goal. It was kinda sad too because that was our last time ever playing with each other, but at least we went out with a bang!"
Thomas being a integral part of a tough defense talked about their play against Hemingway.
"They say defense wins championships and our defense stepped up big time. We always say if they don't score, they don't win. I caught a pick late in the game that kind of sealed the deal on the win."
We asked Thomas to rate his performance on a 1-10 scale with 10 being playing lights out.
"I felt like I gave it my all, so I would say a 10. The stats probably didn't show it. I only had 1 interception, 2 tackles, and 1 pass break up, but I left it all out there on the field and we got the victory!"
Hemingway boasts East Carolina verbal commit Jabril Solomon and Thomas talked about the Panthers' game plan to try and slow down the talented ECU commit.
"We knew Solomon was their go to guy so we tried to keep him out of the game. I think we did a good job of limiting him on catches and yards."
Now that his career with Abbeville is over Thomas will be playing in the SCADA North-South All Star game in Myrtle Beach. It's there that Thomas is hoping he can land a few more offers to his already impressive resume.
"The recruiting hasn't really been going my way lately, but I haven't been worried about it. Hopefully after the North-South game some more schools will offer me or something."
"As of now I have an official to Wofford and Furman."
When could a decision be forthcoming?
"I think my decision will come before National Signing Day. I'm trying to wait it out a little and see who else come knocking, but if not, I feel like I got some great schools that have already offered me to choose from, so it would be a tough decision."