Last year, the Thomson Middle School Bulldogs won the Super 10 Football Championship and players and coaches, alike, would like nothing better than to repeat such a feat this season.
However, the team lost most of their players from a year ago, many of them now freshmen playing junior varsity football at Thomson High School.
"It would be nice to win another championship this year, but I'm not so sure that will happen since we lost so many players from last year," said Thomson Middle School Head Coach Nick Brinson. "We've got a lot of younger kids playing for us this season."
Nevertheless, Coach Brinson believes his players will be ready when game time arrives.
"We're going to give it all we've got; I can promise everybody that much," remarked the veteran head football coach.
Presently, the Thomson Middle School Bulldogs have been working hard on all aspects of their game.
"We're going to be real competitive," said Coach Brinson. "We're going to get after it every game and when the game is over, hopefully have more points than our opponents do."
He figures that Washington County will have another fine football team. Ironically, that's the same team that Thomson Middle School played for the Super 10 Championship last season.
"I guess we'll find out when we play them," said Coach Brinson. "And we'll find out about the rest of the teams when we play them, too."
Thomson Middle School players appear ready for the challenges that await them on the gridiron this season.
"We've got a lot of kids out, and that's nice," said Coach Brinson. "Several of our kids are real big and strong, and that should help us. We also have decent speed as a team, overall."
Assisting Coach Brinson on the coaching staff are Terry Holder, Aaron Hall and Brett Chalker.