Thomson High School Head Coach Luther Welsh's patience is paying off.
With 35 first-half points against Richmond Hill in the Brickyard last Friday, the Bulldogs' offense looks to be clicking on all cylinders.
"Our offense, I think, is starting to come around," said Coach Welsh earlier this week. "I have said it many times that we've just got to be patient with them."
The Bulldogs, now 3-1, breezed to a 49-7 victory over Richmond Hill and won their first region game of the season. It was their best scoring production of the season.
"I knew the kids could do it," said Coach Welsh. "We just hadn't been doing it before the Statesboro game. Maybe we're on to something here, now. I want us to continue playing well, offensively."
Thomson senior linebacker Lonnie Harris has noticed the difference too.
"You know, we grew up during the Statesboro game," he said. "We had to come out and show people that we weren't playing anymore."
The Bulldogs certainly weren't toying with Richmond Hill. After a scoreless opening quarter, Thomson exploded for 35 points in the second quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Thomson's Dontavis Brown managed to scamper into the end zone from nine yards out. Just four plays later, following a Richmond Hill fumble, the Bulldogs were back in the end zone thanks to a 15-yard run by senior quarterback Brandon Turman. The scoring frenzy was kept alive, as fullback James Bonner punched it in from the one with 4:32 remaining in first half action.
After a big defensive stand capped by a Brontavious McNair sack that set Richmond Hill back 15 yards, Thomson took to the air. Turman found fleet-footed senior receiver Darius Eubanks open down the left sideline for 48-yard touchdown with just 39 seconds left in the first half.
But Thomson wasn't through. On the ensuing drive, Richmond Hill pushed to the Thomson one-yard line. Thomson's defense stepped up again, as Thomson defensive end Anthony Moss picked up a fumble and rumbled 99 yards for a touchdown, capping the score at 35-0 at the half.
In the second half, which was played with a running clock, Thomson posted two more scores:
- Jeremy McGahee scored on a 20-yard run with 8:12 to play in the third.
- With 5:04 left in the third, backup sophomore quarterback Phillip Anderson scored from two-yards out following a 60-yard punt return by Harris.
Thomson's Jay Bieltz was 7-of-7 in booting extra points in the game.
The Bulldogs will travel to Liberty County this Friday night for another region battle. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Last week, Liberty County suffered a 42-0 shutout against Washington County's Golden Hawks.