Thomson Middle School football is back on top. After a 1-5 season last year, the TMS Bulldogs rebuilt quickly this season and took home the Super 10 region title this past week.
TMS defeated Washington County 8-0 in the title game on a touchdown run from fullback Anthony Moss. The Bulldogs ended the year with a 7-1 overall record.
"It feels good for the kids to have success," said TMS Coach Nick Brinson. "It's not all about us. It's about them having success and loving to play the game. And the only way you love to do something is you've got to be successful at it."
The starters from this year's team were the same as last year's. They played as seventh graders which gave them an edge in game experience. That helped them win consistently this year, Coach Brinson said.
A key component in the championship season was the defense. TMS held two consecutive playoff opponents scoreless and ended the season with five total shutouts.
"Defensively, I just feel they came together and played well together as a team," said TMS Defensive Coordinator Aaron Hall.
This was the school's first football title since winning the region in 2003 during an undefeated season. TMS also made it to the championship game in 2004, but lost its only game all season to Louisville, 20-16.
Next year will truly be a rebuilding season for TMS. Coach Brinson said he will lose the entire starting roster to Thomson High's Junior Varsity team.