Freshman quarterback Josh Jones rushed for 70 yards and three touchdowns on eight carries in Thursday's 20-20 tie with the Washington County Golden Hawks. With the tie, the JV Dogs complete their fifth consecutive winning season under Coach Chris Hodges with a record of 4-2-1.
Things turned bad early for the Dogs as they fumbled the opening kickoff. Washington County scored just five plays later, taking a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. Thomson handled the next kickoff but stalled at midfield and had to punt.
Washington County completed a 35-yard pass on their first play and then drove to the Thomson 8 as the first quarter ended. On third and goal from the 8, Anthony Moss picked off a Golden Hawk pass at the goal line and returned it out past the 25. The Thomson offense stalled again and punted.
On the Hawks' second play, a hard hit on the running back by Jalen Jackson jarred the ball loose and it was scooped up by Marcus McCord for a short return. Two plays later Josh Jones raced around the right side to score from 20 yards out. The PAT failed and the Dogs trailed 7-6 with six minutes left in the half.
A long kickoff return by the Hawks set them up at midfield. They drove the field in nine plays and took a 14-6 lead just before the half ended.
The Hawks took the second half kickoff but a sack by Sterling Mason on third down forced a punt. A long run by Demarquis Lampkin moved the Dogs past midfield. Jones ran over the left side and cut back to midfield as a downfield block by Jalen Tucker sprung Jones into the secondary. Jones outran the Hawks' safety to finish the 42 yard touchdown run. Jones punched in the two point conversion, tying the game at 14.
Washington County answered, driving down the field and scoring on a 33-yard pass that was tipped and nearly intercepted by Thomson. The extra point missed, leaving the score 20-14 as the third quarter ended.
A third down tackle for loss by Britt Smallwood stopped the Hawks' next drive but Thomson couldn't move the ball and turned it back over on downs. The Thomson defense came through again on third down as Jermaine Rivers and Marcus McCord sacked the quarterback for an eight yard loss, forcing the Hawks to punt.
Thomson took over at the 30-yard line with just over three minutes to play. Mariez Hamilton and Aaron Johnson combined to rattle off 69 yards in just four runs, setting the Dogs up at the 5. A run up the middle by fullback Ladricus Bonner appeared to score, but the ball was spotted just inches shy of the goal line. Jones snuck over the left side for the tying score behind the blocking of Jay Mitts, Garrett Brown, and Sebastian Hargrove. The two point attempt was covered by the Hawks and Thomson was unable to take the lead.
Thomson kicked off to the Hawks with just nine seconds on the clock. Jalen Jackson knocked down Washington County's pass attempt as time expired.
"The 4th quarter was amazing. I'm really proud of our kids for fighting their way back and not giving up. It was great to end the season by coming together as a team like we did," said Coach Chris Hodges.