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Thomson surges in second half for win over Elbert

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Thomson couldn't get the offense moving in the first half of the season opener against Elbert County at the Brickyard. Multiple injuries had inexperienced players on the field for the Bulldogs, slowing their offensive fire power.


Thomson's Stanquan Rogers breaks a run around the end.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
Thomson could only manage 55 yards on the ground and no points during the first half while two Elbert County field goals gave the Blue Devils a 6-0 halftime lead. But the Bulldogs came out of the locker room a different team.

They put up two touchdowns and a safety in the second half to hold off the Blue Devils 16-9.

"We're not going to have a good offense until all of them get well and come back," said Thomson head coach Luther Welsh. "At least we came back in the second half and played better than we did in the first half. ... It showed they wanted to win."

After the first Blue Devil field goal, Thomson couldn't get a handle on to the kickoff. Elbert County kicked the second field goal on the ensuing drive that started on the Thomson 29 yard line.

After the Bulldog offense came alive in the third quarter, Fullback Demarcus Wilson covered half the field on first down only to get dragged to the ground on the Elbert County 1 yard line. On the next play, Wilson parted the defense for the touchdown.


Thomson's Miguel Johnson hones in on Elbert County's Kendric Glaze.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
With 9:20 remaining in the game on third and four from the Elbert County 12 yard line, Coach Welsh went out of character for a moment. He called a pass play and went for the touchdown instead of running for the first down. Quarterback Dan Ivey found Tim McCord in the endzone.

"They were on top of us," Welsh said. "I knew they were going to come for the run."

Then with 2:33 left in the game and Thomson hanging on to a slim 14-9 lead, the Bulldog defense sacked Elbert County Quarterback Jason Dixon in the endzone for the safety and the 16-9 win.


Quarterback Dan Ivey turns up the field.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
The Bulldogs will now try to heal and hope that starting running back Clifton Belton will be well enough to play against Thomson's old rival Washington-Wilkes tomorrow in Washington.

"We might as well be ready because it's coming," Coach Welsh said. "We'll do our darndest to get ready."

But that may be tough with injuries still looming large for Thomson. Coach Welsh said the wounded Bulldogs make the playing field level against Washington Wilkes.

"If we had everybody well, they wouldn't, but right now they'll match up with us," he said.


Thomson High's Rico Murray (84) goes up to try to block an Elbert County field goal.
Photo by Jason B. Smith


The Bulldogs tear through a banner to start the game.
Photo by Jason B. Smith


Clay Dent punts the ball away.
Photo by Jason B. Smith


Vincent Scott cuts in front of an Elbert County defender.
Photo by Jason B. Smith

Web posted on Thursday, August 26, 2004

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