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Thompson threw for nearly 2,000 yards as
a junior, is expected to start for Blue Devils
By CHRIS HOBBS
MAIDEN – Maiden High’s next starting quarterback has a clear path to play, has played the position in recent 7-on-7s, and is expected to be under center on Wednesday night when the Blue Devils scrimmage at home against Hickory.
Wesley Thompson – a 6-foot-5, 185-pound senior who started nine games last season at Ashe County and threw for 1,939 yards and 16 touchdowns – is Maiden’s new quarterback.
He and his family moved from West Jefferson to Maiden in late February, and his athletic eligibility was in limbo and under review at one point by Catawba County Schools (CCS).
On Wednesday, Maiden principal Brian Hefner confirmed Thompson is again enrolled at Maiden, has been at quarterback during 7-on-7s and is practicing with the Blue Devils.
After Wednesday’s 6 p.m. scrimmage with Hickory, the Blue Devils scrimmage West Forsyth on Friday (6 p.m.) at Mooresville.
Maiden’s season-opener is Aug. 19 at Fred T. Foard (7:30 p.m.) when former Blue Devils star Micheal Ramseur debuts as Tigers head coach.
Multiple sources — all of whom requested anonymity — told HobbsDailyReport.com the eligibility decision on Thompson ultimately rested with Maiden High officials.
The sources said CCS officials asked the N.C. High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) to rule on Thompson, which earlier said he met the organization’s eligibility requirements.
Those sources said the NCHSAA — told by CCS officials its input was not needed in another eligibility case involving Maiden that prompted an appeal of a court ruling – declined further involvement with the Thompson case.
At that point, the sources said, Thompson’s eligibility was turned back over by CCS officials to Maiden’s athletic department to review and make a decision.
Thompson has been active in football workouts and drills since Maiden started preparing for the 2022 season.
Blue Devils head coach Will Byrne has acknowledged Thompson is with the Blue Devils but declined further comment.
CCS officials earlier told HobbsDailyReport.com individual employees would not comment on athletic eligibility matters at Maiden and directed all questions to the CCS legal staff.
Once Thompson began official practices on Aug. 1, HobbsDailyReport.com was directed by CCS’ legal contact to ask Maiden officials for clarity on Thompson.
Hefner confirmed basic enrollment information on Thompson but said he could not discuss anything additional about the Blue Devils’ new player.
Thompson played two seasons at Ashe County (7-1, 1-8 records), appearing in five games as a sophomore on a Mountain Valley 2A title team and playing in nine games last season when the Huskies finished sixth (0-5) in the Northwestern 3A-4A.
Last season, Thompson completed 168 of 321 passes for 1,939 yards and 16 touchdowns. He averaged 215.4 yards passing per game, 18.7 yards per pass, and rushed 30 times for minus 81 yards. He provided 1,858 yards of total offense, 77.2 percent of what the Huskies gained.
Maiden won a Catawba Valley 2A Athletic title last season and finished 13-1, falling 36-35 in the fourth round at East Surry with senior Ethan Rhodes at quarterback (unofficially 155-238-7 for 2,594 yards, 40 TDs, now at N.C. State).
The only other Maiden players to attempt passes last year were Ben Gibbs, now a senior (2-3-0 for 35 yards) and Josh Stover, now a sophomore (0-1-0, no yards on varsity; 791 yards, 9 TDs on junior varsity).
Stover, the son of CCS Superintendent Dr. Matt Stover, has moved to wide receiver on the varsity roster.