Thomson Middle School's 52-8 trouncing of the Wrens Colts at The Brickyard last week was far more than just another mark in the Dogs' win column: It also gave them new life in the hunt to make the playoffs and have home field advantage.
The Bulldogs, the defending Super 10 Middle School Champions, found themselves in an 8-8 game at the end of the first quarter.
Thomson got on the scoreboard first, Anthony Moss catching a 21-yard pass from quarterback Josh Jones. Ladricus Bonner ran over the two-point conversion.
That lead held up only seconds, as Wrens' Matthew Mayo returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. The conversion by quarterback La Derrick Hammond knotted the game 8-8 with just 12 seconds left in the initial quarter.
It was all Thomson afterwards.
"We came to play some football," said Thomson Head Coach Nick Brinson. "We played the best we've played all season. I was real proud of the effort that our players showed. They proved they wanted to win with the way they played on both sides of the football."
The Bulldogs scored just once more in the second quarter to make it a 14-8 lead at halftime. Again, it was Moss on the receiving end of a 10-yard pass from Jones with just 21 second left in the first half.
The touchdown was set up on a long run by Demarquis Lampkin.
In the second half, Thomson scored at will against the Colts. The following players scored touchdowns for the team during the third and fourth quarters:
- Jones scored on a 9-yard run; Bonner added the two-point conversion
- Jones scored on a 13-yard run, as well as the conversion
- Kenntavis McNair caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jones with 3:55 left in third; Bonner added the conversion
- Lampkin scored on a 76-yard run with 6:35 to play in the fourth; Clay Blasingame kicked his first career extra point to make it 46-8
- William Bussey scored on a 43-yard run on the last play of the game to account for Thomson's fifth TD of the second half.
Defensively, the Bulldogs played the kind of game they had been seeking to play all season.
"Our defense did a great job," Coach Brinson said.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to have traveled to Louisville on Wednesday to play their final regular season game. The playoffs begin the following week.