It is quickly becoming a familiar sight, fans and teammates patting Brazilian Exchange Student Talles Cardosa on the back for his efforts on the football field. After a spectacular 46-yard hook and lateral play that went from Josh Jones to Ronald Jackson who tossed it back to Dontavis ''Juicy'' Brown, Cardosa calmly kicked the game winning field from 20-yards out with :16 left on the clock to give the Bulldogs a 10-9 win. They remain undefeated.
Cardoso has only been in the country since early August and still is learning the English language. ''This was more easy,'' Cardosa explained in comparing scoring a soccer goal vs the field goal.
Cardosa, from Sao Paulo, Brazil had a 22-yard attempt blocked last week but the kicker with the strong leg said, ''I was not thinking about that. Only when I was waiting (to kick)did I get scared. It's amazing.''
Thomson had a balanced running attack with seven Bulldogs combining for 193-yards. Juicy Brown led with 51-yards followed by Demarquiz Lampkin with 47, Chris Jordan 29, Jones 28, Mariez Hamilton 18, Scooter Moss 15 and Torrie Battle with 5.
Jones also threw for 84-yards with Ronald Jackson, Brown and Ira Embry his targets.
Lakeside forced Thomson to punt on their first two possessions and were driving the ball downfield. QB Ben Wilson connected with Ben Brooks for a 33-yard completion that took them deep into Bulldog territory. A holding penalty brought this back and Jackson intercepted the next Wilson pass attempt and they took over on their own 19.
After an 18-minute delay when the lights went out at The Brickyard, the Bulldogs punted and Lakeside took over with 10:47 left in the second quarter.
Lakeside put together a nice drive that lasted 3 minutes and ended with a 22-yard field goal by Ben Hunt with 7:46 left in the half.
Thomson took the kickoff to the 27 and quickly drove downfield. Some key running by Jordan, Lampkin and Jones gave the Bulldogs a first down inside the Panthers' 10. But on fourth and seven, Jones rolled out but the pass fell incomplete in the endzone.
Lakeside had the ball to start the third quarter and after just over two minutes, Leroy Cummings ended the drive when he fell on a Panther fumble.
Almost four minutes later Jones scored from 4-yards out to capitalize on the turnover. Cardosa came in for the PAT and Thomson led 7-3 with 6:12 left on the third.
Two possessions later Lakeside took the lead again on a two-yard run with 6:57 left in the game.
The PAT was missed and Lakeside held onto a slim 9-7 lead, wehich they would relinquish after Cardosa's kick.