For the second year in a row, the Thomson Middle School Bulldogs are the "Super 10" football champions.
The Bulldogs defeated the Louisville Eagles 22-14 to capture the title in The Brickyard last Thursday.
"It was great to see our kids win another football championship," said Thomson Head Coach Nick Brinson. "They really played hard and came up big when they had to against Louisville."
Thomson wasted no time, whatsoever, in establishing that they wanted to defend their championship status, quickly jumping out to a 6-0 lead with one touch of the football. It came on a 75-yard touchdown run by Anthony Moss, an eighth grader, on the opening kickoff.
In the second quarter, Louisville, who had defeated Thomson during the last game of the regular season, 8-6, came right back to tie the Bulldogs 6-6 on a nice drive engineered by quarterback Lafayell Williams. The drive was capped on a Dontavius Kitchens touchdown run with 5:35 left in the first half. Thomson linebacker Marquavius Jones tackled Kitchens, preventing him from scoring the two-point conversion.
Thomson's next offensive series resulted in a strange play, following a partially blocked punt of Clay Blasingame's kick to the Eagles. After a Louisville player touched the football, but failed to recover it, Thomson tight end Garrison Kendrick saw the loose ball and recovered it at the Eagles' 44 with 3:51 left in the first half.
Offensively, the Bulldogs weren't able to move the ball, resulting in Blasingame being called back out. He was able to get that punt off - a nice one that took a roll to the Louisville 16.
Thomson's defensive unit took over from that point.
With just 47 seconds left in the first half, Thomson defensive lineman Jay Mitts intercepted a Williams' pass at the Louisville 21. Suddenly, the Bulldogs were in business. Just two plays later, Thomson quarterback Josh Jones handed the ball off to running back Demarquis Lampkin, who busted up the middle and then cut back to the left on a 24-yard run into the end zone. The two-point conversion run was made by Marjerius Moss, giving the Bulldogs a lead of 14-6 at halftime.
The Eagles started the second half of the game, flying high and getting successful on a big fourth down play. However, that drive stalled on the Thomson 10 when the Bulldogs' defensive unit stopped them on a second fourth down gamble.
Thomson took possession of the football at their own 10, just prior to the fourth quarter beginning. From there, the Bulldogs mounted another scoring drive - all but sealing the fate of the visitors from neighboring Jefferson County.
The Bulldogs quickly moved downfield, Jones firing a 25-yard pass to Moss that set Thomson up at their own 35. Marquavius Moss then scampered 15 yards to the 50. Ladricus Bonner then got into the act, offensively, running for another 15 yards to the Eagles' 35.
The drive subsequently ended on a 4-yard touchdown run by Marquavius Moss with 5:17 left in the game. The two-point conversion was made by Bonner - increasing the Bulldogs' lead to 22-6.
Louisville stormed right back to score another touchdown on a 52-yard pass from Williams to Kitchens, who managed to get open downfield from Thomson defenders. Williams ran over the conversion, making it a 22-14 game.
The Eagles then attempted an onsides kick - the Bulldogs already prepared for it with some of their best hands-on players gathered on the line. Since the ball didn't travel the necessary 10 yards, the ball reverted over to the Bulldogs. Louisville was able to get the ball back once more, but Williams' two passes weren't on target.