Thomson coach Luther Welsh said prior to the season's start that if his Bulldogs could get past the first three games of the season, they might be alright.
Not only did they just make it past those games, they outscored their opponents 101-26 on their way to three routs. The latest came Friday against Jefferson County, a 35-7 win.
"I was hoping to win all of them, but I can't say in the fashion that we won it," Coach Welsh said. "I didn't know we would score that many points."
After the first quarter it was clear that the Thomson team that showed up was the one coaches had hoped would show. Rushing scores from Nathaniel Jones of 22 yards and LaBrandon Hudson of 1 yard helped the Bulldogs build an early 13-0 lead.
Then quarterback Anthony "Pooh" Erwin hit Jaquavious Surrency in the end zone from the 14-yard line with 0:56 remaining in the first quarter to send the Warriors to the sideline down by 20.
"I don't have too many complaints about it," Coach Welsh said. "...Overall they did a pretty good job. I thought they did a little better throughout the ballgame, a little more consistent."
Neither team managed to score in the second quarter, but the period proved costly for Thomson. On a three-yard Erwin run, a hit from a Jefferson defender dislocated the quarterback's shoulder.
"I spinned off a man, and I landed on my shoulder. It didn't have any pad right there, so I landed straight on my shoulder," Erwin said. "It just popped. I felt it pop."
Coach Welsh said with this week off, Erwin should be ready for the next game.
In the meantime, backup quarterback Brandon Turman came in and led the team on a successful scoring drive in the third quarter. Turman's 20-yard touchdown pass to Hudson with 4:26 left in the quarter put Thomson up 27-0.
"I knew he was capable because he'd been doing a pretty good job in practice," Coach Welsh said.
Warriors' quarterback Dennis Thomas ran in from the 1-yard line with 7:33 left in the game for their only score. The Thomson defense stifled the Warriors' ground attack to 61 yards while holding them to 8-25 passing, including four interceptions.
One of those interceptions helped Thomson add to the scoreboard. Defensive end Deltrick Sneed picked off a pass with 0:57 remaining in the game and ran over 60 yards for the Bulldogs' final score.
"It felt good running down the field once again," Sneed said after scoring the second defensive touchdown of his career. He picked up a fumble and ran it 55 yards against Glenn Hills last season.
After the game was over, the home crowd honored Coach Welsh for his 300th career win at Washington-Wilkes last week.
"I didn't expect all that, but it was great," Coach Welsh said. "And like Anne said, it's not right up my line."
The Bulldogs have a bye week. They will face Hephzibah on Sept. 29. The Rebels are yet to post a win this season and went 2-8 last year.
Thomson 35, Jefferson County 7
Play of the game: Thomson defensive end Deltrick Sneed intercepted a Jefferson County pass and returned it 60-yards for a touchdown with 0:57 remaining in the game.
Star of the game: Sophomore second string quarterback Brandon Turman came into the game at the end of the second quarter after Anthony "Pooh" Erwin went down with an injury. He went 2-4 with 18 yards including a touchdown pass while leading the offense.
What's next: Thomson is idle this week but faces Hephzibah in The Brickyard on Sept. 29.