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Thomson bashes Rebels for Homecoming

Just before Thomson faced rival Burke County, Coach Luther Welsh rode his offensive front hard for a lack of enthusiasm. Offensive lineman Michael Paul said that episode a month ago woke the Bulldogs up.

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Thomson's Deltrick Sneed tackles Hephzibah Quarterback Chris White.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
"He said we were slow as molasses going uphill in the Alps in the wintertime," Paul said. "Now I'd say we're as fast as maple syrup."

LaBrandon Hudson found the holes provided by Thomson's offensive line, and they helped the junior fullback to a career game. Hudson rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs destroyed Hephzibah, 42-14, at the Brickyard Friday.

"We didn't expect that much out of him," Coach Welsh said. "We expected him to do a good job. But if they give him the room to run, he can run."

Thomson's ground game racked up 424 yards on 52 carries and was nearly unstoppable. Hudson scored on runs of 1, 2, 16 and 63 yards. Nine of his 25 carries were 10 or more yards. Anthony "Pooh" Erwin added a notable performance, rushing 10 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns.

"The offensive line just gave me big holes," Hudson said. "I just saw them and ran through them."

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Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh expresses his exasperation with a referee. After this week's game against ARC, Coach Welsh will have coached more games than any other high school coach in Georgia.

"When we open up holes, we expect him to go right through them," Thomson offensive lineman Grady King said. "If we don't give him the room, he can't run."

Thomson (6-1, 5-0) scored only 17 points its first three games, but now the Bulldogs have scored 30 or more in each of their past four games. Thomson is also beginning to flex its muscle against Region 3-AAA North opponents, outscoring their past three foes, 122-49.

Hephzibah started the night off well after Lorin Lawson scooped up a fumble and ran it for a touchdown. Chris White later connected with Jordan Moore on a 48-yard touchdown pass.

The Rebels led 14-7 early in the second quarter and appeared set to add to their advantage. Their drive stalled at the Thomson 18, and they never recovered. Hudson broke off a 63-yard run up the middle for a touchdown, and he later capped a nine-play drive with a 1-yard scoring run late in the first half.

Hudson opened the second half with a 16-yard run to build Thomson's lead to 28-14.

"They're just better than us up front," said Hephzibah coach John Bowen, whose team fell to 1-5. "We don't feel they're 28 points (better) than us. We felt like we showed that in the first half."

Saturday, Thomson faces a 2-4 Richmond Academy that has defeated Aquinas and Hephzibah this season. So far, this year has been better than last year for the Musketeers who went 1-9 and fell to Thomson 35-0.

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Thomson's Anthony "Pooh" Erwin tries to keep his feet in bounds during a tackle.

The game will be Coach Welsh's 460th as head coach of a high school team in Georgia. That will give him the record for most games coached in the state.

McDuffie Mirror Staff Writer Kristopher Wells contributed to this article.

MIRROR REPLAY

Thomson 42, Hephzibah 14

Star of the game: LaBrandon Hudson rushed for 270 yards and four touchdowns.

Play of the game: Down 14-7 Hudson ran 63 yards for a touchdown and shifted the momentum into Thomson's favor.

Up next: Thomson (6-1, 5-0) travels to play the Academy of Richmond County Saturday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


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