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Shutting everyone down: Thomson Middle School Bulldogs carry scoreless streak into Thursday's game

The streaks continue for the Thomson Middle School Bulldogs on their trek toward back-to-back region championships.

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Thomson Middle's Marquis McGahee turns the corner.
Photo by Jack Smallwood
The Bulldogs' win streak is now at 13 straight games that goes all the way back to the beginning of last season. TMS currently has a 5-0 overall record this year with one regular season game remaining before the post-season playoffs.

Perhaps the biggest streak for the team of seventh and eighth graders is that they have not allowed any opponent to score on them this season. Thomson Middle has scored 156 points this season, while allowing its five opponents zero points on the scoreboard.

The Bulldogs began the year with a 22-0 win over Lewis-Frazier Middle School, then recorded a 24-0 win over Wilkerson County, followed by a 46-0 rout over Wrens. Then in the last two weeks, Thomson Middle has defeated Washington County 28-0 and Warren County 36-0 to keep its points allowed column at a zero.

On Sept. 23, the Bulldogs beat the Golden Hawks of Washington County in the Brickyard 28-0.

The Bulldogs scored their first points on the fourth play of their first drive, when James Bonner bulled his way into the endzone from the one yard line with 6:59 left to play in the first quarter. Bonner's run for two points failed, leaving TMS up 6-0.

Bulldog middle linebacker Stedman Grant recovered a Washington County fumble moments later to set up Thomson's second scoring drive of the game. With 7:57 remaining in the first half, TMS quarterback Brandon Turman found his way into the endzone from the one yard line. Lonnie Harris' run for two points was good, giving the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.

With only 36 seconds left to play in the first half, Harris galloped 52 yards for Thomson's third touchdown of the game to give his team a 20-0 lead. Bonner added the two point conversion to give the Bulldogs a 22-0 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs added one other score late in the second half to defeat Washington County 28-0.

On Sept. 29, the Bulldogs traveled to neighboring Warrenton to tangle with the Warren County Middle Screaming Devils, under the direction of first-year head coach Maurice Lester. Behind a tremendous defense that forced four Warren County fumbles and one interception, the Bulldogs soundly defeated the Devils 36-0.

The Bulldogs took advantage of the turnovers, scoring three touchdowns. Harris recovered two of the fumbles and recorded the interception, while Jonathan Talkington also recovered a loose pigskin.

Jeremy McGahee was the leading rusher for Thomson with 88 yards on eight carries. He rambled down the sidelines all afternoon and also scored four touchdowns on the ground and one in the air.

Following him in the rushing column were Marquis McGahee with 40 yards on seven carries, Turman with 20 yards on three carries, Bonner with 17 yards on seven carries and Harris with 11 yards on five carries.

The Bulldogs, as a team, amassed 169 yards rushing and 68 yards passing for a total offensive output of 237 yards. The Devils racked up 113 yards rushing and six yards passing for a total of 119 yards of offense.

The first quarter was scoreless for both teams, but Thomson Middle unleashed the Dogs in the second quarter and scored four quick touchdowns, three of them following Warren County fumbles.

The first Thomson score came with 6:12 remaining in the second quarter when J. McGahee scampered 11 yards for paydirt. Harris' two point conversion made the score 8-0.

Then a minute later at the 5:10 mark of the period, J. McGahee blistered down the sidelines enroute to a 27-yard touchdown run. Harris' two-point run made the score 16-0.

With 2:31 remaining to play in the first half, J. McGahee scored his third touchdown of the game from 28 yards out on the second play of a drive. The run for two points failed, thus the score became 22-0. This scoring play was set up by a 26-yard pass play from Turman to M. McGahee.

The final Thomson Middle points of the first half came with just 49 seconds left on the clock. Turman received the snap, went into the pocket, and hit J. McGahee on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Harris' two-point run made the score 30-0 in Thomson's favor at halftime.

The Bulldogs scored their final touchdown of the day on the 10th play of their first drive of the second half. In fact, this drive took nearly six minutes off the clock.

At the 2:03 mark of the third quarter, J. McGahee scored his fifth touchdown of the game on a 17-yard run. Bonner's two point conversion attempt failed, making the final score 36-0.

The Bulldogs will wrap up their regular season schedule on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 7, with a home game against the Louisville Eagles. The Eagles are the No. 1 team from the other side of the region standings.



Web posted on Thursday, October 7, 2004


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