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Bulldogs defensive efforts helped keep the lead
Dogs win big

The Thomson High Bulldogs won in a big way on the gridiron last Friday night.

They walloped Richmond Hill 65-13, en route to their first Region 3-AAA football victory of the season.

Thomson, now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in region play, will entertain the Liberty County Panthers this Friday at home in The Brickyard. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

The win over Richmond Hill was the biggest offensive output ever during the tenure of Thomson legendary head coach Luther Welsh.

"I can't ever recall a Thomson team putting up that many points in a football game," coach Welsh said. "It was good to win again after losing two straight ball games."

The head mentor anticipates a much more competitive contest when his Bulldogs clash with Liberty County.

"They have some pretty good athletes," coach Welsh said. "I think it will be a much different kind of game than we had against Richmond Hill. The game against Liberty County will test us."

Against Richmond Hill, Thomson erupted for 43 first-half points -- by far their biggest offensive explosion of the season. The Bulldogs rushed 44 times for a total of 453 yards, which came out to an incredible 10.3 yard gain on every carry.

Thomson had three running backs who gained nearly 100 yards each rushing against Richmond Hill. They included Jarquez Kendrick, 6 carries for 98 yards and two touchdowns; Dontavis "Juicy" Brown, 4 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown; and Brandon Huff, 4 carries for 90 yards.

Thomson junior quarterback Phillip Anderson completed two of four passes for a total of 93 yards. Both pass completions went for touchdowns -- the longest one to Will Tankersley -- a 60-yarder and a 33-yard pass to Nick Rau. Tankersley also scored a rushing TD.

Other Thomson players scoring TDs in the game included: Anthony "Scooter" Moss, Josh Jones and William Bussey.

Jay Bieltz, Thomson's placekicker, was perfect on the night -- successfully booting 7-of-7 extra points. His only blemish on the night was a missed field goal from 44 yards out. It was short by about a yard.

Defensively, the Bulldogs held Richmond Hill to only 125 yards rushing on 25 carries -- an average of 4.8 yards per carry, according to statistics compiled by longtime statistician Bill Beckum. Through the air, Richmond Hill was limited to just 30 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback completed only 5 of 13 passes -- largely due to strong defensive pursuit by the Bulldogs of longtime defensive coordinator John Barnett.

Thomson's defensive unit was led by Jonathan Atkins with 8 solo tackles and two assists; Anthony "Scooter" Moss, 4 solo tackles and 3 assists; Denzel Burley, 4 solo tackles and 3 assists; and Ronald Jackson, 3 solo tackles and 4 assists.

Several other players also played well, defensively, for Thomson. They included: Jake Tillman, Nick Rau, Shawn Bonner and Jacoby Crawford.

Web posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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