What a difference a year can make.
Already the Thomson High Bulldogs have won as many football games this season as they did all of last year.
Now sporting a 2-0 record with wins over the Washington-Wilkes Tigers and the Lakeside Panthers, the Bulldogs will take this Friday night off in preparation for their first region encounter in two weeks. On Friday night, Sept. 17, Thomson will play host to the Washington County Golden Hawks from Sandersville -- a school that has beaten the Bulldogs in football the last two seasons.
"It always feels good to win," coach Welsh said. "We were fortunate enough to win a real ball game last Friday night."
Coach Welsh, whose legendary career as a prep football coach in South Carolina and Georgia has spanned five and a half decades, called his team's latest victory one of the most exciting wins for him.
"It was one of the greatest comeback wins I've ever had in all my coaching years," coach Welsh said, referring to a dramatic 20-yard, game-winning field goal by Talles Cardoso that helped the Bulldogs to a 10-9 victory over the Lakeside Panther of Evans at The Brickyard in Thomson last Friday night.
"That kid is really something very special. He's made a lot of friends already. And if he keeps playing the way he is now, he's going to make a lot more friends."
The Bulldogs are playing with a lot of enthusiasm, emotion and desire to win games.
Coach Welsh says when players play with those kinds of ingredients it's more difficult for opponents.
"I'm real proud of this team up to this point," coach Welsh said. "They're a good listening bunch."