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Hodges keeps track of black and gold history at website

Bobby Hodges has developed a wonderful resource for Thomson High School football fans around the world wide web.

The website www.thomson-football.com contains more documented information about the Bulldogs than can be found in one single location other than the memories of die-hard old-timers.

Hodges, who grew up in Thomson but graduated from Evans High School in 1993, has devoted more than 100 hours to the research aspect of the site alone.

He still has a lot of blanks to fill but is working at it diligently. The history of THS football includes over 840 games, not to mention all the coaches and players.

"I really got into Thomson football with the great season in 2002 when my brother C.J. Phillips was playing," Hodges said. "There was nothing out there, so I saw a need and said why not develop a website."

Bobby credits Bill Beckum and a slew of other informants with helping him on the website.

Mike Wall allowing him to put the WTHO game broadcast audio from the past two seasons as downloads on the site has also been a big boom.

"It has been a big plus for me and the radio station having access to those broadcasts," said Hodges.

Excerpts about the Bulldogs from local and area newspapers are also a part of the information presented.

The site is not the official website of Thomson High School or the McDuffie County school system but interestingly enough it has been picked up by several prominent sports related websites famous across Georgia and the nation. The Georgia Varsity Sports Vent and Monday Morning Quarterback are among the websites that link to thomsonfootball.com.

"This site is totally about football and with Thomson's tradition I guess those big time websites just wanted to link up. I'm glad they did," Hodges said.

Hodges remarked that thankfully there was very little financial commitment needed to develop a website, just a lot of time and patience from his wife of six years, Stephanie.

"Stephanie has really turned into a Thomson football nut over this," laughed Bobby. "My brother Chris has kids for us to enjoy, so I guess the website is our baby."

Chris Hodges joined the THS coaching staff this year, and we'll introduce him to you in a column later in football season.

Thursday nights and the Two Old Dogs radio show may also lead to a lot of hits on thomsonfootball.com. Mr. Hodges' contribution to THS football lore will probably cause hosts Ralph Starling and Jerry Randolph to give away even more t-shirts by providing easy answers to their trivia questions.



Web posted on Thursday, August 19, 2004


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