The Rebels had nowhere to run in The Brickyard. They didn't have many places to pass either. Thomson's defense held Hephzibah to 13-21 passing for 106 yards.
More importantly, the Rebels only managed 13 rushing yards on 12 carries during the Bulldogs' 41-12 win Friday night.
The Bulldogs probably wouldn't have had to throw a single pass in the win if they didn't want to. They racked up 338 rushing yards on 44 carries.
Fullback LaBrandon Hudson accounted for 150 of those yards along with four touchdowns on 18 carries, but he refused to take credit for the offensive success.
"The offensive line just opened up some huge holes for me, and I just made my moves and went through them," Hudson said. "...I give all my success to them. I give all my touchdowns to my offensive line. I got zero."
Thomson scored 21 unanswered points in the first quarter and 14 in the second on its way to a 35-0 halftime lead. Three of those Bulldog touchdowns in the first half came on Hudson runs of 5, 15 and 55 yards.
"If they give him room to run, then he's going to get (touchdowns)," Thomson Coach Luther Welsh said of Hudson. "He's just a good football player, a good runner. He knows how to run. He knows how to cut off blocks. He has good vision."
The Bulldogs found ways to score on Hephzibah in the first half. Rodney Roberts took their second score of the game came on a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown.
"We were just a stronger team overall than Hephzibah was," Coach Welsh said. "They relied on the pass most of the time. After scouting them, we realized that, and we knew they were going to throw tonight more than they were going to run."
Nick Brown recovered a Rebel fumble as time was expiring on the second quarter to set up the final Bulldog score of the first half. With 0:03 remaining, quarterback Brandon Turman - filling in for starter Anthony "Pooh" Erwin - found an open Phillip Bonner from 10 yards out for the score.
Thomson went to the second string for much of the second half, but Hudson found the end zone for the fourth time on the night from 7 yards out with 10:55 left in the game. The score was Thomson's last.
The Rebels had two passing touchdowns in the game, one on the opening drive of the third quarter and the second with 2:47 left in the game.
Thomson faces a 1-3 Benedictine team this Friday after a three-hour drive to the Savannah area. The Cadets defeated Butler 47-12 this past Friday and only faced AAAAA opponents in the early part of the season.
"Their coach said they're all young. It's his first year there," Coach Welsh said. "He said he had them all back next year except four. So he's playing four seniors, and then juniors and sophomores."
Thomson 41, Hephzibah 12
Star of the game: LaBrandon Hudson rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries.
Play of the game: Rodney Roberts returned a Hephzibah punt 60 yards for the touchdown to give Thomson a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
What's next: Thomson travels to Benedictine. Game time is 7:30 p.m.