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Thomson cruises to win over Washington-Wilkes at Brickyard

So far, so good.

The Thomson High School Bulldogs remain unbeaten two games into the season.

Their latest victory came last Friday night, as they cruised to a 34-6 win over the Washington-Wilkes Tigers at The Brickyard. It was the Bulldogs' second straight win at home this season.

The game against the Tigers, one of the oldest rivalries in area prep football, was as nearly lopsided this latest time around as it was last season when the Bulldogs posted a 40-10 win. That particular victory gave legendary Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh his 300th career victory.

For the Tigers, it was their second straight loss in as many weeks. In their season opener, they bowed to the Warren County High Screaming Devils 33-13.

The difference in the game between the Bulldogs and Tigers came down to one word, defense. The same was true a week ago when the Bulldogs blanked Salem's Seminoles 21-0.

For several of the Thomson players, the win over Washington-Wilkes was simply another way to show they are learning how to win games.

"It was good," said Thomson junior tight end Will Anderson, who caught a 14-yard touchdown pass with 2:07 remaining in the second quarter. "We came out here and made a lot of mistakes, but we got better from last week. If we just continue to get better, we'll be alright."

Before he ended up on the receiving end of a nasty hit, Thomson fullback James Bonner ran wild. He racked up 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns on nine carries in the first quarter alone. He later returned and finished with 163 rushing and 30 receiving yards adding another score early in the fourth quarter.

"I give it all to my offensive line. They did all the work for me," Bonner said of his performance.

Although the Tigers (0-2) were able to muster 127 yards of total offense, their lone score came on the other side of the ball. Defensive lineman Dan Wylie stripped the ball from Thomson running back Kwynta "D.T." Brown and took it 79 yards for the touchdown with 3:01 left in the third quarter to make the score 27-6.

Thomson running backs amassed 277 yards on the ground, and receivers hauled in three Brandon Turman passes for a total of 52 yards. But it was the defense that held off the Tigers' running game, allowing the Thomson offense to stay on the field enough to put points on the board.

"We wanted to add on to the first game (shutout), and in the second game we wanted to keep it like that because that's what we're working hard on in practice," said junior Thomson linebacker Stedman Grant. "We're young, but we're going to grow as a team."


Thomson 34, Washington-Wilkes 6

Star of the game: Thomson fullback James Bonner ran for 163 yards, caught for another 30 and had three touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Play of the game: Bonner sprinted 87 yards to the Washington-Wilkes 1-yard line with 6:41 left in the first quarter to set up Thomson's first score.

Up Next: Thomson (1-0) plays Jefferson County (01-1) in Louisville, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Web posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007

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