It was supposed to be the unofficial Region 3-AAA North championship game, a battle of the two undefeated teams in sub region play.
But Glenn Hills came up short in its final game of the regular season against Thomson. The Bulldogs pulled away early for a 34-8 win, a claim on the top playoff spot and tied their longest active winning streak against another team at 13.
Thomson's Tim McCord falls in behind Ricard Brown during a run against Glenn Hills.
"They came together as a football team," said Thomson Coach Luther Welsh. "They played with some enthusiasm. They played with some experience, and they played with some real great determination."
Thomson (8-1, 5-0) built a 20-0 lead after two rushing touchdowns and a 20-yard interception return for a score. The cushion was just what Coach Welsh was looking for.
"That was a great feeling," he said. "You can't ask for much better."
The Bulldogs started the game's first drive on their own 38 yard line. Nine plays and 4:16 later, Demarcus Wilson plowed in from the 2 yard line. Vincent Scott missed the extra point.
Glenn Hills (8-2, 5-1) could only manage three and out, and the Bulldogs started the second drive of the night on their 46 yard line. Quarterback Dan Ivey kept the drive alive with a 7-yard run on third and inches.
Clifton Belton and Tim McCord had runs of 20 and 14 yards, helping to push the ball to the 1 yard line. McCord found his way in from with 2:37 to go in the first to make the score 13-0.
The Spartans couldn't establish the run on the Thomson defense, and their first pass of the night was picked by Scott for a 20-yard touchdown return. Scott's kick made the score 20-0 with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.
"I broke on the ball perfect, and I caught it," Scott said. "I put my hand down like coach taught me."
THS Quarterback Dan Ivey hands the ball off against Glenn Hills.
The Glenn Hills defense tightened up in the second quarter, holding Thomson on two fourth down attempts and forcing the Bulldogs to punt late in the half.
Thomson ended the first half with 151 yards on 28 carries. Glenn Hills put up 69 yards of total offense on 16 carries and one pass reception before halftime.
The Bulldogs scored on their first drive of the second half on an Ivey keeper from the 8-yard line. LaBrandon Hudson scored near the beginning of the fourth quarter from 6 yards out.
"I feel good about it," Coach Welsh said. "Our kids came to play, and it's about the best ballgame they've played all year. They came together as a football team."
The Spartans finally found Thomson's number with running back Vertrron Nero who carried the ball four times in the final frame for 57 yards and a touchdown. But it was too late for a Glenn Hills comeback. The Spartan's lone score came with 0:49 remaining in the game.
An onside kick gave Glenn Hills the ball on its 49 yard line, but the Spartans couldn't manage to score in the final minute of the game.
The Bulldogs' final opponent of the regular season is Butler (5-4, 4-1) whose lone sub region loss was a 32-20 showing against Glenn Hills. The Butler Bulldogs will make their way to the Brickyard on Friday at 7:30.