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Undefeated Thomson Bulldogs clash with Jefferson County on Friday in Louisville

The Brickyard has provided a safe haven for the Thomson High School Bulldogs this season - the team having defeated their first two opponents there.

This Friday, however, the undefeated Bulldogs, now 2-0, hit the road for the first time this season.

They travel to Louisville to take on the Jefferson County High Warriors.

The Bulldogs' latest win on the gridiron occurred last Friday night, as they walloped the Washington-Wilkes Tigers 34-6. The Warriors, meanwhile, were soundly defeated 24-9 by Baldwin County High. Overall, Jefferson County is now 1-1 - their lone win having come at the expense of the Burke County Bears in the season opener.

Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh and his staff are hoping to keep intact their unblemished mark against the Warriors, but he realizes it's going to be a tough battle.

For one thing, the Warriors, following their defeat of a week ago, will be hungry to taste victory again. Besides that, the Warriors are big, physically speaking and could give the Bulldogs as much as they can handle.

Of course, Coach Welsh is hoping his team can manhandle Jefferson County just as they did Washington-Wilkes - another neighboring foe.

"They have a good ball club," Coach Welsh said, referring to Jefferson County who the Bulldogs defeated last season. "They have some size. And they have a pretty good quarterback and running back."

Defensively, it's going to be a tough game, believes Coach Welsh, who is into his 51st season coaching prep football.

"It's going to be tough on us in as much as they throw the football," he said. "Our secondary will get tested Friday night."

From an experience standpoint, the Bulldogs have only one player, Roderick Roberts, in the secondary. The rest of them are new and lack game experience.

"We're going to have to get the job done in the secondary and come up with some big plays in order to win the game," Coach Welsh said.

The Warriors of Head Coach J.B. Arnold play a spread offense, which makes it difficult to defend. "We anticipate them throwing a lot out of the shotgun," Coach Welsh said.

Offensively speaking, Coach Welsh said he was pleased with the overall performance of his team's offensive line against Washington-Wilkes.

"We just need to block a little better," he added. "We just need to get a little more consistent."

The Thomson/Jefferson County game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Web posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007

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