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Thomson fights off challenge from Glenn Hills

AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's a game not soon to be forgotten by Thomson football fans.

The game was played between the Thomson High School Bulldogs and the Glenn Hills Spartans in The Pit last Friday night in Augusta. A fight, which broke out following the Bulldogs' fifth touchdown of the game, led to officials calling to an end a game that had been billed as Glenn Hills' biggest in terms of rivalries.

"It's unfortunate when something like that happens," said Thomson Defensive Coordinator John Barnett as he hustled his players onto the bus, still in full pads.

At the time the game was called, there still was six minutes left to be played in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs won the game 35-0 to remain unbeaten this season.

Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh said the incident involved three players from Glenn Hills, who ended up on top of reserve defensive end Octavius Brewer on the kickoff.

"But it was two of their kids pulling the third off ours," Coach Welsh told Morris News Service. "The second and third kid were trying to do the right thing."

Brewer was unable to practice Monday, Coach Welsh said.

"(He) was banged up and bruised up," Coach Welsh said. "He was sore from all of that."

Glenn Hills Head Coach Ernest Tolbert plans on suspending the starting player who started the altercation for a week and possibly two.

The incident reportedly has been looked into by the Georgia High School Association.

Before the fight prematurely ended the game, Thomson's offense was on a tear.

The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff to the 50-yard line and drove it all the way for the score over the next 13 plays and six and half minutes. The Spartans passed for their first five plays from scrimmage but stalled on fourth and 1.

Thomson led 14-0 in the first half after fullback James Bonner broke tackles left and right for a 28-yard scoring run with 3:24 left. Glenn Hills, on the other hand, ended the first half with minus 18 yards on the ground.

Early in the third quarter, defensive back Darius Eubanks picked off the first of two Glenn Hills passes on the night. Bonner and Kwynta Brown got the Bulldogs to the 2-yard line, and quarterback Brandon Turman punched in for the score.

Late in the third, Spartans quarterback Michael Evans watched the snap fly over his head from the shotgun on his own 16. Thomson's Anthony Moss landed on the ball in the end zone to put Thomson up 28-0.

Behind Brown and Bonner, Thomson moved to the Glenn Hills 15 midway through the fourth. Turman dove in from the left corner of the end zone for the final score. The game was called on the ensuing kickoff return because of the fight.


Thomson 35

Gelnn Hills 0

Star of the game: Thomson defensive back Darius Eubanks intercepted two passes on the night.

Play of the game: Anthony Moss recovered an errant Spartans snap for the Thomson touchdown late in the third quarter.

What's next: Thomson plays host to Harlem for homecoming.

Web posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007

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