Senior linebacker Evan Thompson has led a formidable defensive unit for Foundation Academy this fall.
WINTER GARDEN The Foundation Academy defense is allowing just 14.3 points per game this fall through its first seven games — and just 5.3 points per game in its four wins. Helping to lead the way for that unit is this week's Observer Preps Athlete of the Week, Lions linebacker Evan Thompson.
Thompson, a senior, leads Foundation in tackling — by a lot. At 69 total tackles this fall, he has 30 more than the next highest total for the Lions (Evan Fitzgibbon and Eddie Loos each have 39). Thompson has a team-high nine tackles for a loss and is tied with Kyle Krueger for most recovered fumbles at three.
What's more, Thompson — who had a game-high 11 tackles in last week's 27-0 victory over Jordan Christian Prep — also contributes to coach Brad Lord's team on offense at running back and wide receiver. Thompson has a rushing touchdown as a back and also has returned a fumble for a touchdown.
The senior for the Lions has fielded scholarship offers from Stetson and Florida Tech and has a host of interest from other schools including the Air Force Academy, Lehigh and more.
What do you like about playing defense?
I’ve always been a defensive player since I started football. I love making offensive coaches mad and I love when quarterbacks just look at me the whole time instead of running their play.
Sometimes you are asked to play offense — do you enjoy that, too?
For sure, I’ll do whatever it takes for my team to win — I’ve done that for the past four years. Offense is something I look forward to. Especially with colleges — they’re looking for athletes. Offensive highlights show my versatility.
How much has the program changed in the four years you've been a part of it?
It’s changed so much. … There have been assistant coaches changes since I’ve been year and this year is the right fit. All the coaches have a great bond with the kids. All the coaches believe in every kid.
How much have you been looking forward to Friday's game against Victory Christian — the team that ended your season in 2015?
This game has been on my calendar since Nov. 15 (last year) when we lost to them. I’ve been working every day in the summer. … This game probably means the most to me.
Who is the funniest guy in the team?
Jaquane Patterson or Jacob Titus. Jaquane, he acts tough, but most of the time he will always be joking around.
What subjects do you find most interesting in the classroom?
For me, studying science and math has always been big. Also, entrepreneurship and branding, that’s kind of big for me. And designing products — I love designing stuff.
What is your non-football dream job?
Outside of football, I’m big into golf. A dream job for me would be to design golf clubs for Titleist or something like that.