IRWINTON, Ga.- The Thomson Middle School Bulldogs scored a pair of touchdowns in the closing seconds of the first quarter this past weekend to propel them to their second straight victory of the year.
Coach Nick Brinson's Bulldogs traveled to Irwinton on Saturday, Sept. 11, to take on the Wilkinson County Warriors on their home turf about 16 miles from Milledgeville. When the final buzzer sounded, TMS had recorded a 24-0 victory in "Death Valley" at Wilkinson County.
This win was the second straight shutout in as many games that the Bulldogs have recorded. In its season opener on Sept. 3, Thomson Middle posted a 22-0 win over Louis-Frazier Middle School of Liberty County.
"Our guys stepped up and played a great game of football on both sides of the line of scrimmage," said Coach Brinson. "We must now cherish this win in a hurry and quickly get ready for our next opponents."
The Bulldogs only had two days of practice this week before they faced their next adversary. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, TMS traveled to Jefferson County to tangle with a herd of Colts from Wrens Middle.
"We know what Wrens is capable of, and we must not take them lightly," Coach Brinson said. "Wrens is a team that can upset anyone on a given day."
Statistically against the Wilkinson Warriors, the Bulldogs rushed for more than 200 yards on the ground to take control of the game.
The leading rusher for Thomson was Marquis McGahee with 125 yards on eight carries. He also scored on a 65 yard touchdown run.
The Bulldogs put their first points on the scoreboard with only 11.6 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. McGahee took a handoff from quarterback Brandon Turman and raced past Warrior defenders enroute to a 65 yard touchdown run. Turman's two-point conversion made the score 8-0.
Only seconds later following a turnover, Bulldog Jeremy McGahee jotted 40 yards downfield for paydirt on the first play from scrimmage to score Thomson's second touchdown of the evening. Turman's two-point conversion with no time remaining on the clock in the first quarter made the score 16-0.
The final Bulldog points came on the third play of their second drive of the third quarter, when James Bonner found an opening and darted 37 yards for a touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the quarter. Turman's two-point conversion gave the Bulldogs a 24-0 lead that would hold up for the remainder of the game.
"Any time a team shuts-out their opponents, it's a great game," Brinson said. "Our defense played superbly, and our offense didn't miss a click."