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Brunson leads by example on football field

Bob Brunson doesn't score touchdowns.

But without him - and the other players on Thomson High School's offensive line - there wouldn't be any open lanes to the end zone.

The 17-year-old son of Charles and Tammy Kay Brunson, Brunson follows in the footsteps of his dad and big brother, Billy, as a Bulldog.

"I'd like to see us go undefeated the rest of the season," admitted Brunson, who plans to become a dentist or possibly a teacher/football coach someday. "Right now, we're just taking it one game at a time simply wanting to get better from one game to the next. It's up to us how far we go."

So far, the lone blemish on Thomson's record is a 7-7 weather-induced tie with Jefferson County - a game that still stings Brunson.

"That tie really hurts," said Brunson, who plays right guard on the Bulldogs' offensive line. "We definitely would have liked to have won that game."

Brunson knows that getting better starts with him and his teammates on the offensive line - a line that includes four other seniors besides him. Those four include: Octavian Bailey, right tackle; Austin Smith, left guard; D.J. Hitt, center; and Will Barmore, left tackle.

One of the ways to get better is repetition.

And no one preaches such philosophy more than Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh.

"He believes strongly in repetition and for doing it until you get it right," said Brunson. "We've got to get our minds right. I think if we get our minds straight, then the physical ability to get the job done will come."

If the Bulldogs continue to improve, Brunson believes the team "could definitely make it past the first two rounds of the state playoffs."

After that, who knows, he said, noting that the Bulldogs hold the key to their own destiny.

"We've still got some tough games to play in the regular season," said Brunson, who wants to attend the University of Georgia upon graduation from Thomson High School. "We can't overlook any team. And we must remember that we've got to take the season one game at a time."

Web posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007

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