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Thomson tops Screven in final scrimmage of preseason

Thomson's Head Football Coach Luther Welsh proved last Friday night that he is still the teacher.

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Thomson Quarterback Anthony "Pooh" Erwin slips from the grasp of a Lincoln defender.

Screven County Coach Mark Daniel played and coached under Coach Welsh, but the old master came out on top in the pre-season scrimmage against his former student.

The Bulldogs held off the Gamecocks in the Jamboree at the Brickyard 14-7.

Despite posting more points on the board, Coach Welsh said there's still much work to be done before the first regular season game tomorrow against Elbert County.

"It feels good. We just didn't play well, and one reason is we had to move people around," he said referring to some minor injuries on the offensive line.

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Vincent Scott drags down a Lincoln County runner on the opening kickoff of the game.

According to the stats, Thomson should have dominated the game.

Screven County only earned two first downs and 47 yards of total offense while the Bulldogs racked up 12 first downs and 268 yards of offense. But where it counted - the score - showed things were a little closer down to the wire in the fourth quarter.

Screven County's lone scoring drive started at the end of the third quarter on the Bulldogs' 20 yard line. The Gamecocks used a fourth and four conversion to set up the game-tying touchdown with just under 8:00 remaining in the game.

Orlando Johnson trotted 16 yards for a first down on the next Thomson drive, and then he found a hole.

On second down, he broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run with 6:16 left in the game. The difference proved too much for Screven County.

Thomson's first score almost didn't happen though. After an incomplete pass, and a quarterback keeper from Anthony Erwin, Thomson only made it to the six yard line with little clock remaining before halftime.

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Thomson's Carlton Martin is dragged down by a host of Lincoln County defenders.

Screven County failed to move the ball and punted from its own end zone to leave the Bulldogs with 0:36 before halftime and 10 yards to go.

Three incomplete passes from Erwin left Thomson with a 27 yard field goal attempt. Screven County was pegged with a roughing the kicker penalty which gave Thomson first down and five as well as new life.

Erwin found Jaquavius Surrency near the corner of the end zone for a touchdown with 0:02 left. The game's only score until that point put Thomson up 7-0 going into the locker room.

Now that the scrimmages are over and last-minute adjustments made, the Bulldogs open the season at Elbert County. Coach Welsh said they are a team that has vastly improved since last year when Thomson defeated them 16-9 in the season opener.

"They've got a good quarterback that can throw and run. They've got good big defensive linemen," he said. "We've got a tough string ahead."



Web posted on Monday, August 22, 2005











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