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Bulldogs favored against winless Golden Hawks

The Thomson High Bulldogs, who have yet to hit the road this season, will be hosting the Washington County Golden Hawks on Friday night in The Brickyard in Thomson.

The Bulldogs come into the contest the favored team since they are undefeated this season, having won their first two games over Washington-Wilkes (35-0) and Lakeside of Evans (10-9).

The Golden Hawks, meanwhile, are winless this season. They tied Jefferson County's Warriors in their season opener, 21-21 and lost to Statesboro's Blue Devils 19-14 a couple of weeks ago.

Like Thomson, Washington County had an open date last Friday night.

"We're looking forward to the game with Washington County," Thomson head coach Luther Welsh said. "It's always a pretty good game when we play them. I expect it will be another close game this year. I just hope we come out on top this time around."

Washington County defeated Thomson 19-7 on October 9, 2009 in a game played in Sandersville.

The Golden Hawks advanced to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs last year, where they were upended by Peach County. They finished in second place in the region standings.

On the flip side of things, Thomson had one of its worst seasons ever a year ago, winning only two games while losing eight.

This season, the Bulldogs have gotten off to a terrific start and players say they aim to finish strong and make it to the playoffs.

While the Bulldogs are hoping to continue their winning ways of late, the Golden Hawks of head coach Joel Ingram are hoping to notch their first win of the 2010 football campaign.

Coach Ingram, now in his fifth season at Washington County, no doubt, is hoping his offensive unit can score more points than the Bulldogs.

But like has been the case in the two games that Thomson has played, defense has shown as brightly as the Bulldogs' offensive unit. Even the special teams have gotten into the act this season.

"They've got one of the best running backs we'll see all season," coach Welsh said.

That Washington County player is Whistle Gladden, a senior, who stands just 5-6 and weighs only 170 pounds.

"He's very quick," added coach Welsh. "If we can contain him, I think we've got a pretty good chance of winning the game."

On the other hand, if Gladden has the kind of night he is capable of having it could prove to be bad news for the Bulldogs.

Gladden was the Region 3-AAA Player of The Year a season ago.

Washington County also returns Chartavious Danzy, who will anchor the offensive line. Danzy was named to this year's Dream 16 Team of The Augusta Chronicle .

Thomson has gotten fine offensive performances from junior quarterback Josh Jones, as well as senior running back Dontavious "Juicy" Brown.

Defensively, the Bulldogs have been led thus far this season by Ronald Jackson, Jacoby Crawford, Leroy Cummings and Anthony "Scooter" Moss.

Kickoff for the Thomson-Washington County game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Web posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010

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