In a game marred by sporadic rain, the Thomson JV Bulldogs turned the ball over too many times to overcome an opportunistic Panther team and lost 14-12. Both teams had trouble securing the ball, but Lakeside seemed to come up with the ball each time. Following an early turnover around the Thomson 24-yard line, Lakeside was able to run it in a few plays later and convert the two point conversion to take an 8-0 lead.
The first quarter would play out like much of the remaining quarters, with both teams struggling to consistently move the ball. Thomson would answer in the second quarter on a spectacular 39-yard touchdown run by Jarcques Kendrick that included jukes, spin moves, and four broken tackles. The conversion attempt failed and Thomson trailed 8-6 with 5:00 left in the first half.
Lakeside came out strong in the second half and had moved the ball deep into Bulldog territory when Jesse Usry came up with a big interception at the 10-yard line to stop the threat. The offense was able to drive the ball out on the legs of Kendrick who amassed a whopping 201 yards on 22 carries. The drive would stall in the opponent's territory, and the pass on a fake punt fell incomplete as two Bulldogs inadvertently knocked the ball away from each other.
What seemed liked a bad omen turned out to be good as Lakeside would throw an interception a few plays later. Terrence Bradshaw, playing cornerback and covering on the play, broke on the ball and returned it 48 yards for the go-ahead score. The two-point try failed and Thomson held a 12-8 lead with 2:17 to go in the third. The Thomson defense would force a punt on the ensuing drive, but the Dogs would fumble, turning the ball over on their own 30 yard line. This would set up Lakeside's second touchdown of the day. One on one, a Lakeside receiver was able to get behind the defensive back and a throw to the corner of the endzone resulted in six points. The conversion attempt failed and the Panthers held a two-point advantage with 9:19 to go in the fourth.
Despite a strong defensive effort the rest of the way, the Dogs' offense was never able to get close enough to overcome the two point deficit. The team was without several key players, including placekicker Jay Bieltz and running back Brandon Huff as injuries on the varsity squad have forced several underclassmen into backup and starting roles. The JV Bulldogs will be on the road for the remainder of the season, beginning Thursday against Burke County in Waynesboro.