The game was over almost before it started. Thomson dominated Butler in every aspect of football this past Friday on its way to a 55-0 win in Lumpkin Road Stadium.
With 412 yards rushing in the game and 41 points in the first half, Thomson didn't need to complete a pass to beat Butler. But it wasn't just the offense on fire. The defense held Butler to 39 total yards of offense, and more importantly, off of the scoreboard.
"It's always great to get a shutout, and I was especially pleased that the second group came in and played as well as they did and kept them off the scoreboard," said Thomson Defensive Coordinator John Barnett. "We were determined that those second group of kids was going to play regardless of whether they scored or not, but I was really pleased that they preserved the shutout."
Tomorrow, Thomson (6-0, 1-0 Region 3B-AAA) is looking for more of the same against a Glenn Hills team (3-3, 0-1) that has shown inconsistency all season. The Spartans beat Liberty County two weeks ago and lost to Harlem last week.
Last year, Thomson defeated Glenn Hills 63-0 in the last game of a 6-4 season for the Spartans. Since then, a new coach is at the helm, and no matter the record, the Thomson coaching staff takes them seriously.
"We don't get to enjoy the wins too long. We have to start getting ready for the next one," Coach Barnett said.
Thomson took Butler (0-6, 0-1) so seriously that the mercy rule went into effect for the second half this past week. That didn't stop the second string - which started after halftime - from scoring twice.
Halfback Marquis McGahee came in off the bench and ran wild during the shortened second half. He had 87 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.
"It was great, man," said second string center Rodney Reeves. "We needed the extra playing time, and they were able to get us in."
For the starting offense, which only saw action in the first half, quarterback Anthony "Pooh" Erwin had 68 yards and three touchdowns on four carries. Fullback LaBrandon Hudson had another stellar game with 187 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Not to be outdone, the defense put some of its own points on the board. Thomson's Jonathan Ringer recovered a fumble on the 9-yard line and ran it in to put his team up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
"I was slanting, trying to sack the quarterback," Ringer said of the first career touchdown. "No. 34 Roderick Roberts went in for the sack, knocked the ball out. I jumped up, scooped it, jogged it in."
Thomson 55, Butler 0
Star of the game: Thomson quarterback Anthony "Pooh" Erwin racked up 68 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries.
Play of the game: Jonathan Ringer recovered a fumble and ran it in 9-yards to put Thomson up 14-0 in the first quarter.
Up next: Thomson (6-0, 1-0) plays host to Glenn Hills (3-3, 0-1) for homecoming. Game time is 7:30 p.m.