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Thomson ekes out victory over Glenn Hills at Brickyard

Johnny Weischedel probably never thought a 35-yard field goal with 2:40 left to play in the third quarter would be the first points Thomson scored against Glenn Hills last Friday.

Neither team could manage to move the ball consistently in The Brickyard, but Weischedel's kick and a late touchdown gave the Bulldogs a slim, 10-0 win over the Spartans.

"I had a lot of pressure on me," Weischedel said of his field goal that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. "I went out there thinking 'If I don't make this, then it all falls on my shoulders.' Kickers get one chance to make it. They can't really make up for a messed up kick. I just had to go out there, shut everything out, keep my head down and follow through."

Thomson (7-0, 2-0 Region 3B-AAA), managed only 68 rushing and 12 passing yards in the first half. The Bulldogs, as a team, added 137 yards in the second half behind fullback LaBrandon Hudson.

"Coach told us we'd have to keep pounding it to them," said Thomson offensive lineman Martell Winfrey. "We got ours in the second half. Coach told us 'smash-mouth football.'"

Hudson finished the game with 138 rushing yards on 30 carries, breaking the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Quarterback Anthony "Pooh" Erwin came away with 67 yards and the game's only touchdown on 21 carries.

That lone touchdown at 6:10 remaining in the game didn't come easy. Erwin punched in form the 1-yard line to cap a nine-play, 43-yard drive to put the score at 10-0.

According to Thomson Offensive Coordinator Mark Daniel, the Bulldogs expected a tough Spartans defensive front.

"They have good people, good size, good strength," he said. "They were just beating our line up front. Everywhere we tried to run, one of their players would physically beat us and stop the play."

On offense, Glenn Hills (3-4, 0-2) accumulated only 45 rushing and 39 passing yards in the game. Thomson's defense was happy with the fact that the Spartans punted nine times and turned the ball over on downs twice.

There were a few unknowns about Glenn Hills for which Thomson had to try and plan. Daniel said the Spartans - a team that lost to Harlem the week before - changed their game plan since the last Wing-T team they played.

"They fumbled the ball a lot against those teams they lost to," Daniel said. "We figured, if they fumbled a lot, we could beat them. But you can't write that into your game plan. You've got to expect people to play their best game."


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Star of the game: Thomson fullback LaBrandon Hudson had 138 yards on 30 carries.

Play of the game: Johnny Weischedel kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2:40 left in the third quarter to give Thomson its first points in the game.

What's next: Thomson travels to Harlem; game time is 7:30 p.m.

Web posted on Thursday, October 26, 2006

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