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Thomson Middle Bulldogs run away with gridiron victory

Thomson Middle School's Corey Mathis intercepted three passes last Friday night, Sept. 3, to propel his Bulldogs to a 22-0 season opening victory over the Louis Frazier Middle Patriots of Liberty County. The big win in the Brickyard made TMS's record 1-0, while the Patriots fell to 0-1.

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Jeremy McGahee cuts behind Patrick Stewart.

Coach Nick Brinson's Bulldogs, the defending Super 10 Region Champions, rushed for 195 yards on the ground and passed for 27 in the air.

Marquis McGahee was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 86 yards on three carries, including runs of 33 and 53 yards respectively. He was followed by Deandre Williams with 36 yards on two attempts, and Lonnie Harris with 24 yards on three attempts.

"This was a good opening game for us," said Coach Brinson. "We made some mistakes on both sides of the football, and we will be working on those mistakes in preparation for our next game with Wilkinson County."

The Bulldogs put their first points on the board on the seventh play of their second drive of the evening on a two yard run by Harris with 5:27 left to play in the second quarter. His two-point conversion made the score 8-0.

Harris' score was set up by two preceding exceptional plays. The first was Mathis' first interception of the evening. His pick on the Thomson 15 yard line halted a potential Louis Frazier scoring drive.

Then on the second play of Thomson's initial drive, McGahee got the handoff from Quarterback Brandon Turman and raced 33 yards down to the Patriot 16 yard line.

Louis Frazier Middle's next drive was again stalled deep in Thomson territory by a Mathis interception. With his theft, the Bulldogs began their next scoring drive on their own 12 yard line.

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Deandre Williams pulls away from a Louis Frazier defender.

After several big plays, including a 33-yard run by Jeremy McGahee, the Bulldogs found themselves on the Patriot 20 yard line. Harris got the next call from the TMS coaching staff, and with 33.7 seconds remaining in the first half, he crossed the goal line for another score. Turman completed the two-point conversion to give Thomson a 16-0 lead at halftime.

The final Bulldog touchdown came on their first drive of the third period with only 1:03 left to play in the quarter. On the fourth play of the drive, James Bonner scored from the one yard line to give TMS a 22-0 lead. The attempt for two points failed.

Given the win, Coach Brinson praised Mathis' performance.

"We need that kind of ability in the defensive backfield to prevent the big play against us," he said.

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Thomson Middle's Lonnie Harris makes a turn.

The Bulldogs will travel to Irwinton this Saturday morning, Sept. 11, to play Wilkinson County.



Web posted on Thursday, September 9, 2004


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