Despite dropping their final game of the season to Screven County last Thursday, Thomson's Junior Varsity football team was able to finish with a winning record of 4-3, having lost to Washington County and Lakeside earlier in the year. The Dogs assured themselves of a winning season two weeks ago when they defeated Lincoln County on the road 20-14.
In a makeup of the earlier rainout, the Dogs relied on a strong running game that was led by Marcus Lockhart. Good blocking up front by the offensive line allowed Will Tankersley time to sit in the pocket and connect on a high percentage of throws. Three of those completions were for touchdowns to Nick Rau. Rau also ran the ball, punted, and kicked off, including one into the endzone for a touchback. The Dogs were able to keep the Red Devil defense guessing with multiple formations, misdirection runs, and play action passes. The Thomson defense held a very athletic Lincoln County offense to only 14 points.
The trip to Sylvania would not be so kind as the fifth road trip of the season resulted in the Dogs suffering their third defeat. When one of the team's buses broke down, it must have been a sign of things to come. The starters boarded one bus and went ahead while the others waited for help. After the kickoff was pushed back 15 minutes, the game finally started and the Bulldogs found themselves in a battle with a Screven County team that was bigger, faster, and stronger.
Thomson would not quit, however, and put up a good fight. After being unable to run the ball with much success, the Dogs turned to the air on offense and moved the ball on the Gamecocks fairly well. Dropped passes would cost the Dogs some points, but the defense's inability to stop the run proved fatal.
Will Tankersley scored the only points for Thomson on a QB sneak in the second quarter. Screven County would finish the scoring with less than two minutes to go, resulting in the 28-6 final.
"I think the long ride, the pre-game distractions and the loss of players to Friday night duties took its toll on the team," said Coach Chris Hodges. "A different team showed up in Lincoln County last week, one that will find much success if they continue to build upon the foundation they've established this year. We had a lot of obstacles to overcome this season. I hope these young men better understand how they can meet these challenges head-on and still be successful."