Thomson's JV Dogs picked up another victory last Thursday in Washington, defeating the Washington-Wilkes Tigers JV squad 28-8. The Tigers took an 8-6 lead into the locker room at half time, but Thomson scored 22 unanswered points in the second half to record the win.
"Our kids have a lot of heart, and we're going to fight back," said head coach Chris Hodges about the second half comeback.
Seven fumbles with five turnovers and a very soggy field caused problems for both teams all evening. A sizeable contingent of Thomson supporters were on hand to see sophomore fullback Carlton Martin lead the Dogs with 101 yards on 9 carries for 3 rushing touchdowns and a two point conversions.
If the game seemed to move fast, that's because it did. The coaches agreed to play eight minute quarters instead of the normal ten minutes. Thomson kicked off to start the game and the Tigers penetrated to the Bulldog 43 before losing the first of their three fumbles on the night.
On Thomson's second play from scrimmage, Marquis McGahee scampered 31 yards to the Tiger 20. Carlton Martin bulled his way into the end zone from there for his first TD of the night. Matt McEver's PAT attempt was blocked, leaving the Dogs with a 6-0 lead with 4:54 to go in the first eight-minute quarter.
The Tigers returned the ensuing kickoff out to their 45. They took six plays to move to the Thomson 30, and scored their only touchdown from there on the next play. The Tigers elected to try for two points on the conversion and were successful, taking an 8-6 lead with 3:00 to play in the first quarter.
After a few fumbles from both teams, the Tigers put together a clock-eating eight-play drive, moving the ball to the Thomson 10. The Bulldog defense stiffened, stopping the Tiger fourth down try with 0:17.9 left in the first half.
Thomson took over at its own 14. Dexter Sneed delivered a huge block to help spring Jeremy McGahee for 36 yards before stepping out of bounds at the Tiger 46 with 0:1.4 on the clock.
On the last play of the half, quarterback Brandon Turman threw one deep and Jeremy McGahee came down with the 41 yard reception but couldn't get into the end zone. The Tigers escaped with a two point halftime lead.
In the second half the Tigers fumbled on the second play from scrimmage, giving the ball to the Dogs at the Thomson 39. The Bulldogs struck quickly as halfback Nathaniel Jones broke free for a 43 yard gain to the Tiger 18.
Martin added twelve yards on the next play, then grabbed the last 6 yards to paydirt on the way to his second rushing touchdown of the night. Thomson's two point try failed, leaving the Dogs with a 12-8 lead with 6:40 remaining in the third.
Following a vicious sack by Justin Samuels, the Tigers faced a fourth and 22 from their 40. On the punt attempt, the ball deflected off a Tiger player and was tipped up into the air by Samuels. Chauncey Kinlow juggled the ball a few times, pulled it in and carried it to the Tiger 15.
Martin ran for 8 yards on first down, then added the final 7 on his next carry to score his third touchdown of the game. Martin added the successful two point conversion bringing the score to 20-8 with 3:26 to go in the third.
Later, Thomson pieced together an 11-play drive burning 4:37 off the clock and moving deep into Tiger territory. Wingback Bryce Hawkins carried the ball over the left side for a 12 yard gain setting up a first and goal from the Tiger 3-yard line. Hawkins carried again over the left side and was called down just inches from the goal line.
Two plays later, James Bonner punched it in on third and goal from the five. Turman passed to Kentrell Williams for the two point conversion, providing the final margin of 28-6 with 4:17 to play in the fourth.
The win improved the Dogs' record to 3-1 and provided the best offensive and defensive performances to date, despite the shortened quarters.
The Thomson offense rolled up a total of 306 yards, 265 coming on the ground. Jeremy McGahee had one carry for 36 yards and one reception for 41 yards. James Bonner rushed 6 times for 26 yards and scored one touchdown. Marquis McGahee had three carries for 44 yards. Nathaniel Jones had one carry for 43 yards. Bryce Hawkins had 10 yards on three carries. D'Juan Martin and Clint Chalker also had carries for Thomson.
The defense gave up a season-low 152 yards. The defense was once again led by Justin Samuels who racked up 8 tackles, a sack, and several tackles for a loss. James Bonner, Bryan McNair, and Patrick Stewart added five tackles each. Chauncey Kinlow and Stantwaun Morris had four tackles apiece. Jerry Hudson had three tackles and a fumble recovery.
The next two Junior Varsity games will be played in the Brickyard. The Dogs face the Lakeside JV this Thursday, and the Burke County JV on October 13th. The final JV game will be played in Sandersville against Washington County on October 20th. All JV games start at 5:30 p.m.