The 2009 football season ended on a winning note for the Thomson High School Junior Varsity last Thursday night.
The Bulldogs of head coach Chris Hodges and assistant coach Mike Smallwood defeated the visiting Washington-Wilkes Tigers 20-0 in The Brickyard. The team closed out their season with a 3-3 record.
Thomson's other wins were against Lincoln County (16-6) and Greenbrier (28-2). The Bulldogs losses came against Washington County (14-6); Lakeside (22-18); and Burke County (6-0).
The opening 10 minutes of the game against the W-W Tigers was one of a defensive struggle with neither team able to score.
Thomson changed that in the second quarter when quarterback Josh Jones engineered a drive that got the Bulldogs their first of three touchdowns against the Tigers. The first score came on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Demarquiz Lampkin with 7:26 left in the first half. Kendall Reynolds scored the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
One of the stars of the defensive unit of coach Smallwood, who serves as defensive coordinator, was defensive end James Mullins. The sophomore sacked the W-W quarterback for a big loss with 7:00 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Mullins and defensive company made several other fine plays before the game ended which prevented the Tigers from scoring.
Other defensive standouts included: Omar Lewis, Kennetavis McNair, Brett Jenkins, Trez McGahee, Torrie Battle, Ricquavius Hill, Travanta Wright, Cameron Garnett, Jarquavius Jones, Rakeen Hunt and Da'Kwan Brown.
Offensively, Thomson received fine performances from the following players: Jordan Delaney, Trevor Johnson, Gelyam Parker, Aaron Johnson and Demarco Brown.
Following a W-W punt in the third quarter, the Bulldogs began another scoring drive within Tiger territory again.
The drive began on a big run by Demarquiz Lampkin, which got the Bulldogs to the Tigers' 4. Because of mistakes, Thomson began going backwards -- the team drawing two penalties prior to finally scoring on a beautiful pass from Jones to Jordan Davis with 1:56 left in the third quarter. The touchdown gave Thomson a 14-0 lead.
Thomson's final touchdown of the game was scored on a 2-yard run by freshman running back Chris Jordon. It came with 4:31 remaining in the game.