In quest of another Super 10 Football Championship, the Thomson Middle School Bulldogs have gotten off to a winning start. They traveled to Sparta last Wednesday where they defeated the Hancock County Middle Bulldogs 32-12 in the season opener.
The TMS Bulldogs opened up with pre-season victories over both Warren County and Washington-Wilkes in a jamboree recently hosted by Thomson Middle School.
"We won the game and I was proud of that fact, but we didn't play the way we are capable of playing," said TMS Head Coach Nick Brinson. "It was definitely not our best showing."
He believes that the secret ingredient missing at this time is better conditioning.
"We need to be better conditioned," Coach Brinson said. "We've got to learn to play better when it's hot weather and not let up."
Coach Brinson also sees a need for more show and tell.
"We've (coaching staff) got to teach our players more show and tell," he added.
From an overall team standpoint, Coach Brinson believes his team has the right kind of chemistry to be winners.
"This group has real good chemistry," said Coach Brinson. "We just have to work on some things and get better from game to game."
Defensive Coordinator Aaron Hall said he was pleased with the overall play of his unit.
"Collectively, they did an o.k. job," said Coach Hall, who is in his ninth season as defensive coordinator at Thomson Middle School. "They've got to get better from a cohesive standpoint and learn to work together."
In the game against Hancock, Thomson Middle School jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. It came on a 5 yard touchdown run by running back Ladricus Bonner, whose older brother, James Bonner, is one of the star running backs for the varsity football team at Thomson High School. The two-point conversion also was contributed by Bonner.
Hancock later got on the scoreboard, making it an 8-6 game.
The Bulldogs went out to a 16-6 lead at halftime, scoring on a 40 yard run by running back Anthony Moss. Bonner made the two-point conversion.
In the second half, the TMS Bulldogs struck for two more touchdowns.
Marjerius Moss scored on an 8 yard run, while Bonner scored his second touchdown of the game on a 10 yard run.
With just a few minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Thomson's second offensive team fumbled at the 4, allowing Hancock their second score from there.
Thomson and Warren County were scheduled to have played Wednesday in The Brickyard. (Please see story and photos in next week's edition of The McDuffie Mirror).