After a disappointing loss at Washington County two weeks ago and a rainout of the Lincoln County match-up recently, the Thomson High School Junior Varsity football team was certainly ready to battle the Wolfpack of Greenbrier last Thursday.
And they rode that momentum to a 41-20 victory.
Thomson's Brandon Huff returned the opening kickoff 21 yards, sparking what would become the day's theme: a prompt march to the endzone. The Dogs relied primarily on the legs of Jarcques Kendrick during their first drive and soon took the lead on his one yard touchdown plunge. Jay Bieltz kicked the extra point to give Thomson a 7-0 lead.
With close to 85 players, though, Greenbrier did not just show up to watch. After having the ball snapped over his head, the Wolfpack QB recovered the ball, scrambled, and completed a pass to his speedy tailback who slipped a couple of tackles on his way to a long touchdown. The extra point attempt sailed wide and the Dogs held a one point advantage.
Brandon Huff began and ended the next drive when he returned the kickoff 47 yards and capped the five play drive with a 23-yard touchdown run. The kick by Bieltz was good and the Dogs led 14-6. Greenbrier would soon answer and convert a two-point attempt to even things up at 14, but Thomson was up the challenge. De'Andre Williams got into the act with a 52-yard kickoff return to the Greenbrier 31-yard line. After Dontavis Brown took the ball around left end for five yards, Phillip Anderson connected with Jackson Lyons for 13 yards, leaving Thomson with 13 more yards to paydirt. This time it was Brown around the left end and six more points on the board. The kick just missed left but the Dogs carried a 20-14 lead into the locker room at the half.
Greenbrier took the second half kickoff and drove down the field for the tying score but their chance at a lead slipped away as the kick was again wide right. At this point the Dogs' offense began to pour it on with well-timed passes to complement the running game, and the defense stiffened to force several Greenbrier punts. After touchdown runs by Williams, Huff, and Kendrick, and three successful kicks by Bieltz, the Dogs had run away with a 41-20 victory.
Defensively, linebacker Jacoby Crawford led the team with nine tackles. The linebacking corps made up the top five tacklers on the day, including big stops on special teams. Jessie Usry was second with six tackles, followed by Denzel Burley, Lynwood Few, and Donnie Lockhart. Offensively, the Dogs moved the ball almost at will. Will Tankersley and Phillip Anderson combined to throw for 123 yards while completing 4 out of 5 passes. The backfield totaled 248 yards and six touchdowns as Thomson rolled up 526 total yards on the day. Brandon Huff led the way with 183 all-purpose yards.
The JV Dogs are off this week but will be back in the Brickyard next Thursday as they play host the Lakeside Panthers.