The Thomson High Bulldogs got off to a winning start in their 2010 football campaign with a 35-0 victory over the Washington-Wilkes Tigers in The Brickyard last Friday night.
This Friday night the competition promises to be more challenging for the Bulldogs of head coach Luther Welsh, as they play host to the Lakeside High Panthers from neighboring Columbia County.
Like the Bulldogs, the Panthers were winners last week. Lakeside, a Class AAAA school, beat the Glenn Hills Spartans 36-7 in their season-opener. Thomson is a Class AAA school.
Just a year ago, the Panthers put together one of their most memorable football seasons ever. They won 10 games and lost 2 and made it into the state playoffs.
Thomson, meanwhile, would just as soon forget about last year all together. The reason: they won only two games.
"It's going to be a lot different when we play Lakeside on Friday," coach Welsh said earlier this week.
"They're a good football team. So we've got to be ready for them."
Against Glenn Hills, Lakeside quarterback Ben Wilson had a good game. Wilson rushed for 27 yards and threw for 74 more yards through the air.
Offensively, Lakeside gained 177 yards rushing against Glenn Hills and another 97 yards in the air.
On the flip side of the coin, Thomson amassed a total offense of 340 yards -- 236 of it in a ground attack out of the Wing-T.
"I thought we did a pretty good job against Washington-Wilkes on both sides of the football," coach Welsh said.
In his last season as a football coach, coach Welsh said his team will have to play mistake-free football to beat Lakeside.
"We're going to have to play very good to beat them," coach Welsh said. "We can get the job done; our players just have to believe in themselves."