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Top Dawg: Ramos breaks own record with every time he scores

Each goal this year set a new record for Thomson High School soccer. Jesus Ramos broke the scoring record at THS as a junior last year, so with each new goal this season he broke his own record.

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Jesus Ramos waits for Thomson's final soccer match of the season to begin last week.  Click here for more photos

During Jesus' freshman season, he found out from a teammate that Ben Thigpen held the school scoring record with 48 goals. From then on, he decided he was going to make the record his own.

"When I heard that, I told my teammate...I'm going to break that," he said. "Last year I broke it, and this year I just surpassed it. It makes me feel very good."

No only did he surpass the record, he shattered it. In his first three years combined he scored 58 goals, beating the record by 10 and making the all-region team during his junior year in the process. This year, he scored 16 goals in 12 matches, including one in the final contest, a 4-4 tie against Cross Creek on Friday, which brought his career total to 74.

With the start in soccer that Jesus received, some might say it isn't surprising that he is having such success. Jesus started playing soccer at his home in Chihuahua, Mexico, when he was five years old.

"We used to watch TV all the time; we watched soccer. The world cup you know is very big in Mexico," he said. "It brought this feeling over me that made me want to do what they were doing...In Mexico it's an everyday thing, just playing around every day. You wake up and go to sleep playing."

Jesus moved to McDuffie County when he was in the fourth grade and got involved with recreation soccer. He then played for Thomson Middle in seventh and eighth grade, and later joined a traveling team in Augusta, the Arsenal Gunners.

And now that he is setting records in high school, he is getting second looks from colleges. North Georgia College has offered Jesus a partial scholarship. Young Harris and Jacksonville University have both been in contact with him, but Jesus hasn't decided where he wants to go yet.

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"I'm hoping that I can get a nice soccer team in college and hopefully move on to professional," he said. "But it's just God willing. Whatever God has in store for my future, that's what I'm trying to follow right now."

THS soccer coach Brian Usry is proud of his star player on and off the field. Coach Usry said Jesus ends up helping to coach the team during games and at practice, but it's not just his skill, speed and knowledge of the game that impress.

"He's a good kid. He takes a leadership role with the team. He's a B average student and doesn't get into any trouble. He's very respectful, just a good kid," Coach Usry said.

After a 5-5-2 season, Jesus was disappointed. He felt his team could have performed better, but even then, he was looking to the future for THS soccer.

"I'm very proud to see a lot of achievement from different people, a lot of stepping up from young players," Jesus said. "But I kind of feel disappointed because I expected more out of the season...

"I feel very thankful to God because I was able to play soccer; I was able to kick around with these guys and teach them something. I'm not only enjoying myself out here, but I'm leaving something behind for them."



Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2004


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