As it turned out, Jabez Thompson wasn't asking for much when he prayed for an interception.

Bastrop cornerback Jabez Thompson prayed for an interception Friday night. He received a double portion as the Rams defeated McDonogh #35 44-16 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Thompson had a part in all three of Bastrop's takeaways as a third pass went off of his fingertips and into the hands of teammate Robert McDaniel.

With McDonogh threatening late in the first half, Thompson's first pick preserved Bastrop's 12-8 lead.

"I hadn't had a pick since the Calvary game (in Week 3)," Thompson recalled, "so I prayed for one tonight and the Lord blessed me with two of them."

Thompson was quick to deflect the credit to his teammates.

"I would like to thank my coaches and teammates because I couldn't have done it without them," Thompson said. "It's a blessing to be a part of this group of seniors when I'm nothing but a sophomore. They push me every day, especially C.J. Mullins."

Bastrop went into the interval clinging to an 18-16 lead. Any thoughts of the 24th-seeded Roneagles pulling off an upset were quickly squashed. Thompson was involved in turnovers on McDonogh's first two offensive plays of the half.

First, Thompson's tipped pass was caught by teammate Robert McDaniel, whose 31-yard return to the 10 led to a touchdown.

McDonogh's second offensive play of the half proved even more disastrous as Thompson streaked 58 yards to paydirt, upping the Rams' lead to 32-16.

"I just caught the ball, hit the sidelines and took off," Thompson said. "Once I got close to the end zone, I jumped over No. 10 (Semaj Joseph Hicks) and took it on in."

The prayer of Jabez had been answered indeed, and God granted him that which he requested. (I Chronicles 4:10, KJV).