The Bulldogs of Thomson Middle School did exactly what their football coach told them to do nearly two weeks ago: go undefeated in regular season.
They didn't disappoint.
And as a result, first year Head Coach Aaron Hall couldn't be more pleased.
"It's great to have put together an undefeated season," said Coach Hall after his team shutout the Wrens Colts 19-0 to finish with an undefeated season. It marked the second time this season that they had defeated the Colts, who were led by first year Head Coach Chris Thigpen. Coach Thigpen lives in Thomson and played football for the Thomson High School Bulldogs before graduating in 2002.
On Wednesday of this week, the Bulldogs played host to Hancock Middle in the first-round of the Super 10 Middle School Football Playoffs at The Brickyard.
Turnovers - three of which were committed by the Bulldogs during the first half - prevented them from getting on the scoreboard during the first half.
But it all changed in the second half when Thomson erupted for 19 points.
Defense was the name of the game for both teams during the first half. Some of the defensive standouts for Thomson included: Cameron Garnett, Kendall Reynolds, Kentrell Reynolds, Bernard Dawson, Jamontae Beard and Travonta Wright.
A big defensive play actually led to Thomson's first touchdown. It materialized when a Wrens player fumbled and Kennetavis McNair scooped it up and raced into the end zone from 25 yards out with 6:59 left in third quarter action. It gave Thomson a 6-0 lead. But before everything had been said and done on the football field, the Bulldogs managed to score twice more in the game.
After the two teams swapped punts - the Thomson kick coming off the foot of Clay Blasingame - the Colts fumbled and once again, the Bulldogs recovered the ball thanks to an alert Jarquarvious Heath. The fumble was recovered at the Wrens' 9. Just two plays later, the Bulldogs scored on a 9-yard run by backup quarterback Marquavious Cummings with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter.
Thomson's last touchdown of the game came in the fourth quarter on a 41-yard run by running back William Bussey. Blasingame's extra point kick was good.