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Thomson dominates Richmond Academy 42-0

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LaBrandon Hudson cuts around the corner to gain a few more yards against ARC. He finished the night with five of the Dogs' six touchdowns and 188 yards on the ground.

If LaBrandon Hudson wanted to be the star of Saturday's game for Thomson, he let his play on the field do the talking. The Bulldogs' fullback took the Richmond Academy defense for 188 yards and 5 touchdowns on 13 carries to propel the Bulldogs past the Musketeers 42-0.

For Thomson Coach Luther Welsh, Hudson's stats had more to do with opponents' defensive set and an offensive line that has come into its own in the last three games.

"The thing about it is people are trying to stop us outside, that's the way they've been setting the defense up," he said. "...Plus our kids have been doing a pretty good job blocking."

The Bulldogs (7-1, 6-0 Region 3-AAA) couldn't find the end zone in the first quarter, but only 47 seconds into the second quarter, Hudson ended a three-play drive with a 47-yard scoring run. It was the first of three touchdowns for Hudson in the second quarter.

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Thomson's Tobias Kendrick (6) and Travis Scholar (33) track down an ARC runner.

"After we did get started we did a pretty good job, but the first quarter I thought we had opportunities and we just kind of messed around with it," Coach Welsh said. "After that I thought they played well. I told them after the game they played well and we're proud of them, but I sure wish they'd start off the first quarter."

After Thomson's first score, ARC (2-5, 1-4) went three and out. Hudson made the score 14-0 on a 28-yard run on the fourth play of the ensuing 45-yard Thomson scoring drive with 7:59 left in the second quarter.

On fourth and five with 1:23 before halftime, Hudson punctured the ARC defense yet again for a 35-yard touchdown run ending a drive in which the Bulldogs passed on four of six plays.

After Orlando Johnson added an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the third quarter, it was again Hudson's ballgame. He scored on a 4-yard run with 4:30 left in the third and on a 1-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter.

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Orlando Johnson runs through an ARC defender during the third quarter of Thomson's 42-0 shutout Saturday night.

The Thomson defense earned its second shutout of the year, holding ARC to 134 rushing yards on 36 carries. The Musketeers added 25 passing yards connecting on two of 13 attempts.

The Bulldogs have this week off but will be getting ready to welcome Glenn Hills (5-3) to the Brickyard on Oct. 21. Last year, Thomson beat the Spartans 34-8, but Glenn Hills ended up 8-3 making the playoffs. Coach Welsh said this year's Spartans are just as big and dangerous as last year's.

"They're going to play hard," he said. "...They're not small people. They're good sized people, good sized lineman, both offense and defense."

MIRROR REPLAY

Thomson 42, ARC 0

Stars of the game: Starting offensive tackles Jason Jones and Martell Winfrey provided the holes for Thomson running backs all night. Coach Welsh said LaBrandon Hudson's 188 yards and five touchdowns came from running him over the tackles most of the game.

Play of the game: With the Bulldogs up 21-0 at the start of the second half, Orlando Johnson returned the kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown to put Thomson up by 28.

Up next: Thomson (7-1, 6-0) has a bye week but plays host to Glenn Hills (5-3, 4-2) on Oct. 21.


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Thomson's Kyle Franklin runs with the ball.




Web posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005











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