Thomson High Head Coach Luther Welsh said his Bulldogs were fortunate to have escaped from Washington with a season-opening victory last Thursday night.
The Bulldogs, now 1-0, had to depend on the heroics of two of their outstanding defensive players to pull out a 14-7 win over the Washington-Wilkes Tigers at Tiger Stadium. The game was played a day earlier because of the threat of severe weather from Tropical Storm Hannah.
"It was a win, but it wasn't pretty," remarked Coach Welsh during an interview on Monday.
Coach Welsh was not happy with the play of his offensive line.
"We didn't do the job, offensively," said Coach Welsh. "Our blocking was awful. As the head coach, I take the blame for them not getting the job done. I've got to figure out some kind of way to get out of them what we've got to have if we're going to be a successful football team and win games."
Coach Welsh said he hopes that by showing his players the game film this week that they can see what they did wrong in that game and correct them for remaining games this season.
"We've simply got to get better on our offensive line," said Coach Welsh, noting that a starting offensive lineman Xavian Ivey, a junior, went down with a knee injury and is expected to miss the next three games. Davion Howard, a sophomore will take Ivey's place until he is able to return, Coach Welsh said. "The kids on our offensive line are capable and talented enough to do the job. We've just got to find a way to get it out of them."
The head mentor praised Lonnie Harris, his senior defensive linebacker, who came up with one of the big plays of the game against Washington-Wilkes.
"Lonnie Harris made a perfect tackle," Coach Welsh said, referring to when he hit Tiger running back Eric Scott, a sophomore. "The hit knocked the football out of his hands and Darius Eubanks recovered it for us."
From the Tigers' 12, the Bulldogs went on to score what proved to be the winning margin.
Thomson takes on Hart County in The Brickyard on Friday night.
"We're going to have to go out there and play tough the whole game, if we plan to win," said Coach Welsh. "We're going to have to do the simple things that win games - play good defense and move the ball, offensively in sustained drives. We don't need any turnovers either. Mistakes like that only hurt a team."