After forced to punt on their first possession, the Thomson Bulldogs then cruised to a 35-0 win over the visiting Washington-Wilkes Tigers on Friday night.
Facing his former coach for the last time, Washington-Wilkes head coach Lee Hutto, had this to say: "It was a great experience for me to play and coach for Coach Welsh. He is a great influence in my life and has always been there to help me in any way he could. He is a great coach and an even better man."
Thomson was able to throw the ball for 104 yards and ran for another 236.
"Not many people thought we could throw the ball. We did tonight and that opened up our running game a little," said Welsh.
Two players scored twice in the game, Shawn Bonner had two 1-yard scores in the first quarter and Chris Jordan scored from 17 yards out in the third and 4 yards in the fourth. It was Taliss Cordosa, however, that wowed the crowd with his booming kickoffs. The Brazillian has been on the team for only two weeks and according to Head Coach Luther Welsh, he had to, 'learn how to wear a football uniform first.' Cordosa learns fast as he had two kickoffs go for touchbacks, two punts ended up inside the five one of which required an acrobatic one handed catch from the center. He also converted 5 PAT's.
The Thomson defense held on the Tigers first possession and the Bulldogs took over on their own 41 with 6 minutes left to go in the first. Dontavis Brown and Shawn Bonner did the bulk of the running and the Thomson offense got going. Bonner had one run go for 15 yards before he scored from one yard out with 2:24 left to go in the quarter. Cordosa's PAT made it 7-0.
The Tigers fumbled the ensuing kickoff with the Bulldogs Marquavious Jones recovering on the 21. Several plays later Bonner scored aging from one yard out. The Cordosa kick made it 14-0 with 1:08 left in the first.
After forcing another Tiger punt the Bulldogs next possession included a 51 yard pass from Quarterback Josh Jones to Ira Embry that put the ball inside the one yard line. Jones then scored two plays later with 10:28 to go in the first half.
With Bonner out with an unknown injury Chris Jordan took over the running game for the Bulldogs. He scored from 17 yards with 1:56 left in the third and again from four yars with 5:53 left in the game. Cordosa connected on both PAT's.
Leading all rushers was the Tigers Eric Scott with 115 yards. 'I thought Eric played well tonight. He ran the ball extremely hard and blocked well also, said Hutto.
Bonner led the Bulldogs with 76 yards on 14 carries.