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Something to cheer about: Thomson trounces Lincoln in scrimmage

The pre-season scrimmage was a match up of legendary coaches and local football dynasties that has -- until now -- only taken place in the minds of high school football fans. The game started slow and ended slow, but the middle was packed with the action that everyone knew two great teams would provide.


Mya Hester, 2, imitates the Thomson High School cheerleaders during the Thomson High-Lincoln County scrimmage Friday night.

Thomson scored twice in the second quarter and once in the third to put away the Lincoln County Red Devils 20-7 in a scrimmage game in Lincolnton Friday night.

But the most productive part of the night was the Thomson coaching staff seeing the Bulldogs in action against another team. Now they know what needs to be tweaked at practice.

"For the first contact with an opponent, I thought our kids responded pretty good both offensively and defensively," said Thomson Coach Luther Welsh. "It was a game-type deal because it was all live. So that really gave them a good start."

The opening frame looked bleak for the Bulldogs as they touched the ball for one play midway through the nine-minute quarter. Quarterback Dan Ivey's pass was picked off on the Bulldogs' first and only play from scrimmage in the first quarter.


Thomson's Clifton Belton is grabbed by Red Devil defenders during a first quarter run.

The Red Devils drove into Thomson territory and pushed the ball into the end zone 11 seconds into the second quarter. After that, the Bulldog defense held Lincoln County scoreless.

"I'm happy that we were able to hold them to seven points," said Thomson Defensive Coordinator John Barnett. "I was kind of disappointed that we gave up a couple of big plays. We were very inconsistent in that first quarter."

The Bulldogs' second drive saw them successfully return to their old familiar offensive weapon, the run. Clifton Belton, Demarcus Wilson and Brian Hobbs all carried the ball during the drive, but it was Ivey's 40-yard keeper that found the end zone with 4:15 remaining in the first half.


Head coach Luther Welsh prays with his players after the game.

Then with 0:03 left in the half, Ivey took the ball 17 yards to the one-yard line on third and eight. Wilson pushed through the Red Devil defense for the touchdown as time expired on the first half, making the score 13-7.

Zach Grant was the star of the third quarter for the Bulldogs with two runs over 20 yards on Thomson's second drive of the quarter. His last found the end zone with 1:18 remaining in the quarter. Neither team was able to score in the fourth quarter.

Coach Welsh was satisfied with the showing from his team. But he was even happier that no one was hurt during the scrimmage. Currently, five Bulldogs are out with injuries.

"I think that we have a good foundation right now," he said "if we could get all our people back healthy."

Web posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004

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