As Thomson High School heads into a key region showdown with Glenn Hills Friday night in Augusta, Head Coach Luther Welsh isn't blind to history.
"They used to beat Thomson and won a couple of region championships back then," said Coach Welsh, who remembers the Spartans from his first tenure at THS which began in 1984, just as Glenn Hills' dominance of the Dogs began to wane. "They're a little like the team they had back then in terms of size. They've got some big players. And at times, they have played really well this season. They're dangerous, because you never know when they're going to be ready to play."
Thomson will go into Friday's contest undefeated, while Glenn Hills will be vying to get back on the winning track after losing a heartbreaker to the Harlem Bulldogs last week, 28-27 in overtime.
"They (Glenn Hills) consider us to be their biggest rivalry," Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh said. "I think they could prove to be real tough, if they're ready for us. I just hope our team will be ready for them."
Thomson should be riding high after a 40-6 drubbing of Butler at the Brickyard last week. The Bulldogs scored 28 points in the second quarter to put the game away.
"Everybody came out and did their jobs, did what they had to. Everybody gave 100 percent," said Thomson halfback Kwynta D.T. Brown who rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
A 4-yard touchdown run from Thomson fullback James Bonner got things started with just 0:37 remaining in the first quarter. He then found the end zone again from 10 yards out with 9:44 left in the second.
But it was Thomson linebacker Lonnie Harris' 40-yard interception return with 1:55 before halftime that opened the flood gates. Harris sprinted down the middle of the field untouched for the score to put Thomson up 27-0.
"It feels pretty good to be able to do that," Harris said.
After Harris' score, Butler went three and out. Thomson quarterback Brandon Turman hit an open Darius Eubanks 48-yards downfield to set up a Carlton Martin 4-yard touchdown run with 0:33 left before halftime.
That Thomson held Butler scoreless until late in the fourth quarter was an accomplishment, according to Defensive Coordinator John Barnett. Thomson played without five defensive starters, four of whom didn't even dress.
Coach Welsh believes his Bulldogs must step it up to another level this week.
"We've got to start moving the ball consistently offensively speaking," Coach Welsh said. "We need to move the chains more. Then I think we'll be in business."
Thomson will be without the services of Roderick Roberts, who had been a key player in the secondary this season. He has learned that he will be out six weeks with a broken foot.
"That hurt us, but we have to go on," Coach Welsh said.
Darius Eubanks, who also is a split end, has now assumed Roberts' role in the secondary.
"We hope Roberts might be back, if we get into the playoffs, but right now we'll just have to wait and see," Coach Welsh said.
Thomson 40, Butler 6
Star of the game: Thomson halfback Kwynta D.T. Brown rushed for 72 yards and a score on six carries.
Play of the game: Thomson linebacker Lonnie Harris picked off a Butler pass and took it 40 yards for the score to put the Bulldogs up 27-0.
Up next: Thomson faces Glenn Hills Friday night in Augusta.