Beginning their season a week behind most area prep football teams, the Thomson High School Bulldogs are on the road Thursday night against the Washington-Wilkes Tigers.
The game is considered one of the best rivalries in the Central Savannah River Area. Through the years, both teams have won and lost.
The Bulldogs, who have lost only one regular season game in the last two years, are hoping to kick off their 2008 football campaign with a victory when they tangle with the Tigers at 7 p.m. Thomson was idle last week and now start a torrid season that finds them having to play 10 straight games without a break.
Thomson Coach Luther Welsh said he is looking forward to the game against Washington-Wilkes.
"It's one of our biggest rivalries every year," said Coach Welsh. "We always look forward to the game with Washington-Wilkes."
Unlike the scrimmage game against Lincoln County's Red Devils two weeks ago, which saw the Bulldogs get upended 7-6, Coach Welsh is hoping his offensive team will be much improved against the Tigers.
"I think we'll be much better, because we've had two weeks to prepare for this first game," said Coach Welsh. "I guess we'll see come Friday night."
Offensively, the Bulldogs will be led by senior quarterback Brandon Turman, who played three quarters of the game against Lincoln County.
"I'm ready," said Turman. "We're going to be ready to play. Just watch."