After an open date this past Friday night, the Thomson High School Bulldogs get back into action on the gridiron this week against the Hephzibah Rebels in a game that will be played in Augusta.
It won't be just a regular game, however. Instead, it will be Thomson's first sub-region encounter of the season.
The Bulldogs, now 2-0-1, last played the Jefferson County Warriors two weeks ago - the game ending in a rain-shortened 7-7 tie.
Hephzibah, meanwhile, which sports an overall record of 2-1, defeated Butler High's Bulldogs handily last Friday night.
Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh said Monday that he looks forward to his team opening up their sub-region schedule."These are the games that count towards getting into the playoffs," said the 75-year-old Coach Welsh, one of the most successful prep football coaches in Georgia prep history. "We've got to get down to business starting Friday night."
The Rebels of Head Coach John Bowen are a much-improved team from a year ago when the team managed to win just one game.
"They were a real young team last year," Coach Welsh said. "They look a lot better this season. It could be a tough game."
As for the Bulldogs, having last week off was great, Coach Welsh said.
"Our open date came at the right time," he said. "It was a blessing so we could get some of our players who have been injured healed up a little bit."
Cornerback Brian McNair, however, still isn't ready to return to action. His pulled hamstring injury won't allow him to return to full speed, even though he's showing signs of improvement.
"He probably still won't see action on Friday night," Coach Welsh said. "We want him well before he gets back out there."
Because the Bulldogs had the week off last Friday, practice was a little lighter than normal, Coach Welsh said.
"We had a real good week of practice, even though we didn't have a game to prepare for last week," he explained. "We went over several things that we have been doing wrong."Going over the offensive and defensive scheme of things is aimed at accomplishing one thing, according to Coach Welsh - "helping to make us better at what we do."
This Friday night's game against Hephzibah's Rebels is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.