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Thomson players named to association, newspaper all-state teams

The Thomson Bulldogs grabbed a share of the Region 3-AAA title and made it to the second round of the playoffs this past football season, compiling a 10-2 record along the way.

Now several of the players who were key factors in those accomplishments have been honored as members of the Georgia High School Association's State Team.

Offensive tackle Arcephus Jones and return man Orlando Johnson were both named to the Class AAA state team. Fullback LaBrandon Hudson made honorable mention.

"We were very pleased that the accomplishments of these young men were recognized at the state level," said Thomson Defensive Coordinator John Barnett. "It says a lot for them and for our team and program."

Jones, a 6-3, 305 lb. senior, made the state offensive team. Jones started the season at tight end but was moved to tackle and helped make holes in opponents' defenses for the Thomson running backs all season. He was also an honorable mention on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All-State team.

Johnson - who also started at cornerback for the Bulldogs - was honored for his ability to return kickoffs and punts. The 5-8, 160 lb. senior returned nine kickoffs this past season for 345 yards and one touchdown; that's an average of 38.3 yards per return.

He also returned 21 punts on the season for 451 yards, averaging 21.5 yards per return. Johnson had three punt returns for touchdowns - his longest 73 yards - all against Butler. His longest kickoff return was an 86-yard score against Richmond Academy.

Hudson racked up 1,185 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground for the Bulldogs to get the honorable mention nod at running back. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry on the season for Thomson. Hudson also received honorable mention status on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State team.



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