Northwestern High School defensive lineman Adam Thompson got a call from his older brother, Gervase, ahead of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game last weekend.
“Gervase just wanted me to know what it would be like, because he did the same thing in 2019,” Thompson said. “He said he had a great experience, and it was fun to play one last high school football game, and it was.”
Thompson was part of the North team that held on for a 17-14 victory over the South squad Saturday, July 17, in the Small School All-Star Game at Titan Stadium on the Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. He also got to attend the all-state football banquet June 27 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
“The game was good. It was really fun,” he said. “They were pretty good. It was really fast-paced and just good competition. It’s kind of different playing against an all-around good team that can pass like they can, with a good quarterback, and how quickly they can score. I’ve never faced anybody like that.”
Thompson heard from Gervase again Wednesday, July 21, but it wasn’t to talk football.
“It was to wish me a happy birthday,” laughed Thompson, who turned 18 years old.
Gervase Thompson IV is out in Virginia on an internship with the manufacturing company Daikin. The 2019 Northwestern graduate attends Wisconsin-Stout, where Adam will head this fall. While Gervase is an outside linebacker on Stout’s football team, Adam is hanging up the cleats to rest his body and focus on school. He plans to major in plastics engineering.
Despite being dominant on the field, Adam had to wear shoulder braces for every practice and game the past two years to keep his shoulders from popping out of their sockets.
“I’ve dealt with so many injuries over the years,” Adam said. “Even playing this last week reminded me of how hard it is on the body. My shoulders are what got injured the most in football, and just after one week, they’re still pretty sore.”
That’s because Adam, “the bigger guy” as he says at 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, had the unenviable task of taking on blockers while guys like Gervase, 6-foot, 200 pounds, get to run around and make tackles.
Adam laughed at that assessment and said, “That’s right.”
Practice for the all-star game started with a single session the Tuesday before the game, but then it was two-a-days Wednesday through Friday in the lead up to Saturday.
Parents Gervase and Katie Thompson (the younger Gervase is Gervase IV), as well as younger sister Emily, two aunts and uncles, all attended the game.
Adam was used exclusively on defense and got credited with a pair of tackles. Known for his ability to get to ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, Adam's closest thing to a tackle for loss in the all-star game was a stop for no gain.
Adam led Northwestern (6-2) with 58 tackles last year, including 22 for a loss, a ratio you don’t see very often.
“We are extremely proud of Adam's accomplishments here at Northwestern,” Tigers coach Jovin Kroll said. “He was a tackle-for-loss machine for us, a player who never came off the field and an excellent leader for the younger players in the classroom and in the weight room.”
The all-star game is just for seniors and is a charity event benefiting Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, something not lost on Adam's coach, either.
“Adam represented our school well on the field, and more importantly, through his fundraising,” Kroll said. “It was an honor to coach such a successful young man over the last four years, and he deserved every accolade he received along the way.”
Big brother even gave a compliment, albeit long distance, telling mom to tell Adam that he played a good game.
Adam said the brothers’ rivalry is always fun first.
“I’ve always looked up to him,” Adam said. “He’s always been one of my biggest role models growing up. Just his character and his work ethic and the way he carries himself and the leader that he is. I always wanted to be better than him, and that kind of pushed me to work hard.”
Krmpotich, Daleiden represent Northwood/Solon Springs
Northwood/Solon Springs’ Collin Krmpotich and Josh Daleiden played for the North squad in the WFCA Eight-Player All-Star Game July 16 at Titan Stadium.
The South broke from an 8-7 halftime deficit to win 35-6 after exploding for 21 points in the third quarter, but both Evergreens’ products played well. The 6-foot, 180-pound Krmpotich played mostly at defensive back and the 6-foot-6-inch, 250-pound Daleiden at center. Krmpotich finished with five tackles, including four solos, as well as one pass breakup.
“Collin primarily had the assignment of defending wide receiver Charlie McCarty (6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Newman Catholic),” Northwood/Solon Springs coach Matt Hager said. “McCarty was a top 8-man receiver in the state over the past two seasons and Collin limited him to one catch for four yards.
“Josh did a nice job with no errant snaps and solid run and pass blocking. He also played a little bit of nose tackle on defense and had a tackle for loss.”
Northwood/Solon Springs typically has had at least one player on the 8-man North all-star team since Hager arrived in 2014.