In the spring of 2012, TGSA launched the Warriors Football program, as a new addition to the True Grit Sports Academy. This program was designed to assist our academy’s football athlete achieve their football goals. As a result, our Warriors qualified (TGSA-Quick 6-football passing tournament) to participate in the IMG/John Madden - 7 on 7 - football passing championships, in Sarasota Florida.

With only 11 members, we entered the competition of 25 teams from all over the country. Once we arrived, we noticed we may be out manned. However, we discovered we were not out gunned. We faced teams with 25 or more athletes on every team - everyday. Further, most, if not all of our opponents were sending 4 and 5 star athletes to every known college football conference in the nation. As the youngest team, we returned all of athletes back to high school. Our style of play and our physical preparation, helped us finish the tournament ranked 12th of 25.


Program Directors:

Warriors - Brandyn Thompson truegritsacademy@gmail.com


Franklin High School (2003-2007)

Boise State University (2007-2010)


Washington Redskins (2011-2012)

Ottawa Redblacks (2014)


Brandyn Thompson is an alum of the True Grit Sports program. The 25 year old native of Elk Grove graduated from Franklin High School in 2007. Lettering in football, basketball, and track. He excelled in football where he was an All League, All area Defensive Back/Wide Receiver.

He went on to play at Boise State University where he then earned Academic All American and All Conference honors playing football. While helping a program to a 47-5 record in a 4 year span. In 2011, he was drafted in the 7th Round (213th Overall) by the Washington Redskins. Thompson played 2 seasons with Washington before being released in 2012.

Currently Brandyn is a member of the Ottawa Redblacks organization of the Canadian Football league (CFL) where he started 18 games this past season. Thompson is also in his 3rd year as an True Grit Sports head trainer, working with kids throughout the greater Sacramento and California areas.


Warriors - Coach E. Thomson truegritsacademy@gmail.com


Hiram Johnson - Sacramento

California State University – Sacramento – (Criminal Justice/Communications)


CSUS - DB/WR (1983 – 1985)

Youth Football Coach (1998 – 2002)

Rosemont Jr Warriors

El Dorado Hills Jr Trojans

High School Football Coach (2002 – 2010)

Franklin Hs (EG)

Cosumnes Oaks Hs (EG)

Christian Brothers Hs (Sac)


Coach Eric Thompson is a native of Sacramento, Ca. Coach E. Thompson attended Hiram Johnson High School where he was a JV/V football, V/Wrestling and V/Track and Field, athlete. Coach E. Thompson continued with his sports interest as a “Walk On” DB/WR at CSUS. In 1998, Coach E Thompson, began his coaching career. Coach E. Thompson started coaching - youth and high school -football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and track and field, in the Sacramento and Elk Grove communities with much success. During this time, Coach E. Thompson expanded his sports specific education. As a result, he acquired many certificates of professional sports development training, sports conditioning training and sports science education. This this sports education and experience contributed to the development of “True Grit Sports” training and conditioning. Coach E. Thompson is committed to the professional development of the academics and athletics of all youth and high school athletes, in all sports.

Program History

Program History

In March 2012, the True Grit Sports Academy’s Boys Football Team - “the Warriors” was formed. The TGSA Warriors is an AAU - 7 on 7 passing league football team. TGSA developed this football team to better prepare our football student-athletes to pursue their football goals.

The team is comprised of 10 to 15 young men, ages 13 to 17.  The TGSA “Warriors” compete locally and in AAU tournaments throughout Northern California and Nevada. Their goal is set to compete at the National Team – 7 on 7 - Championships in Orlando, Florida, every year. Their motto “Next Up” explains their focus and intentions.

Our TGSA Warriors” strive to meet the standard that all True Grit Sports athletes honor and maintain, throughout their sports careers. The TGSA “Warriors” must maintain a passing GPA in all courses to participate. This is a requirement for all TGSA athletes in any TGSA program. Further. They must honor present (each other) and the respect the past (TGSA Alumni) – (see www.truegrit-sports.com).


2018 Warrior Team Roster:

  • Jacob Stewart – 15   Christian Brothers HS
  • Kade Jordan – 15 Elk Grove HS
  • Damon Nunn – 15 Antelope HS
  • Brennon Harris – 16 Woodcreek HS
  • Cole Strandberg – 14 Whitney HS
  • Austin Amador – 16 Elk Grove HS
  • Isaiah McMillian – 14 Elk Grove HS
  • Lorenzo Swain – 16 Elk Grove HS
  • Devin Hall – 14 Albiani MS
  • Hunter Hall – 16 Elk Grove HS
  • Remel Spivey – 14 Inderkum HS
  • Joshua Trzcinski – 16 Franklin HS
  • Jaden Ramos – 15 Cosumnes Oaks HS
  • Elijah Christian – 15 Bradshaw Christian HS
  • Sirr Butler – 15 Whitney HS
  • Zachary Larrier – 16 Monterey Trails HS
  • Terrell Williams – 15 Roseville HS
  • Justin Restani – 17 Plesant Grove HS
  • Tyler Green – 16 Christian Brothers HS
  • Jacob Williams – 17 Laguna Creek HS
  • Jake Mitchell – 17 Ponderosa HS
  • Nathan Valencia – 15 Pleasant Grove HS


Warrior Alumni – Class of 2012 

  1. Curtis Williams Jr * Humboldt State University
  2. Desmond Fong * Lewis and Clark College
  3. Aaron Ross * Lewis and Clark College
  4. Jordan Ares * Medville State University
  5. Adam “Joey” Banks * California State University - Sacramento
  6. Marcus Green * California State University -Sacramento
  7. Ryan Lewis -
  8. Raphael Lewis
  9. Trevon Lampley * Medville State University
  10. Robert Sanders * Texas AM Commerce University
  11. Damian Sanders * Medville State University
  12. Anthony Beasley – University Minnesota - Duluth
  13. Darrell Robinson
  14. Steven Rogers * Mid-Western University
  15. Dante Davis
  16. Frederick Davis
  17. Cecil Williams Jr - Harvard College
  18. Ladontre Gooden - Southern Oregon University

Note: * Warrior Travel Team

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2018 Warrior Team

Warrior Alumni

TGS Athletics Alumni Listing

Warriors Coaching Staff

B. Thompson

Program Director

C. Galea


T. Downs


A. Bittencort

Head Coach

M. Green Jr.


Marcus Rios


Program Videos

Next Up

K. Bailey


E. King


T. Green


J. Ballizens


H. Hall



2018 Warrior Scholarship Athletes

C. Macfarland

Idaho State Univ

C. Le

Cal State Univ Sacramento

J. Banks

Univ of Buffalo

K. Halliasse

Univ of Oregon

M. Collins

Weber State Univ

J. Williams

Northern State Univ

K. Woods

Linfield College

J. Swanigan

UC Davis

J. Jackson

Northern Arizona Univ.