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Cross Creek no match for fired up Thomson team

AUGUSTA -- The Thomson Bulldogs tasted defeat at the hands of Burke County on Sept. 10. They didn't take to the flavor too well.

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Thomson High QB Anthony Erwin celebrates a touchdown.
Photo by Gordon Spivey
On this past week's menu: Barbecue.

Thomson burned the Cross Creek Razorbacks in Augusta last Friday 42-8.

"Now that's what I call Thomson football," one player said on the sidelines during the final minutes of the game.

Thomson (4-1) found the endzone three times in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for Cross Creek (2-3) who allowed only 14 points in the first half.

According to senior fullback Demarcus Wilson, the difference between last week's 24-21 loss and this week's dismantling of Cross Creek was attitude.

"We went into practice this week with a better attitude because we lost, and that made us work harder," Wilson said after rushing for 78 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

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Thomson's Demarcus Wilson crawls for a few more inches.
Photo by Gordon Spivey
Although their first possession -- a fumbled kickoff return -- didn't look promising, the Bulldogs were able to shrug off mistakes on special teams that have been plaguing the team all season.

And the defense was back in full force, stifling the Cross Creek offense all night and holding them to eight points.

"We were simply more focused and stopped an offense that was actually better than Burke's," said Defensive Coordinator John Barnett. "Our effort was there all night, even when we made mistakes.ÝMost of our errors against Burke were from lack of focus and effort."

Dan Ivey and Clifton Belton ran for touchdowns of seven and four yards in the first and second quarters respectively. Then Cross Creek punted after three straight incomplete passes. Thomson's return man dropped the ball returning possession to the Razorbacks.

Cross Creek's only score came with 2:31 remaining in the game. Domonique Griffin found the end zone from three yards out. Quarterback Donald Hudson capped off the 2-point conversion after a penalty moved the point after attempt back.

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Thomson's Antonio Martin reaches out to tackle a Cross Creek runner.
Photo by Gordon Spivey
With reserves in at the end of the game, Thomson scored while trying to run the clock out. After having a 41 yard scoring run called back for holding, Anthony Erwin found another hole and took the ball 34 yards for the touchdown with only 0:08 remaining.

"They blocked a good deal better," said Thomson Coach Luther Welsh. "This is a good start. I think it will pick them up."

This Friday night is homecoming, and Thomson will face the fellow Bulldogs of Harlem (2-3) at the Brickyard. The Thomson coaching staff isn't taking Harlem lightly. They say they are preparing for this ballgame just like it was a playoff game.

"Harlem has some athletes who can hurt us if we aren't prepared mentally and physically," Coach Barnett said.


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Thomson's Clifton Belton runs by a Cross Creek defender during Friday night's blowout.
Photo by Gordon Spivey



Web posted on Thursday, September 23, 2004


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