Thomson High's Jacoby Crawford turned in one of the best performances of his career against Washington County last Friday night.
Crawford, the son of Marion and Elizabeth Crawford, of Thomson, made several key defensive plays for the Bulldogs, even though he and his teammates lost the game 26-6.
Playing in his senior year, Crawford is one of the most versatile players on the football team. He plays three different positions. They include tight end, defensive back and linebacker.
"He gives it everything he's got when he's out there," said Thomson head coach Luther Welsh. "He's the kind of player you wish you had a lot more like. He's one of our better leaders, too."
Coach Welsh praised his effort against Washington County.
"He did a pretty good job for us," said coach Welsh.
Despite the loss to Washington County, Crawford still believes the Bulldogs can have a successful season and get into the Class AAA state playoffs.
"I believe we can bounce back from that defeat and become a real good football team," said Crawford during a telephone interview with The McDuffie Mirror on Monday night. "We've got to go back to the way we thought before the season started. We've got to believe in ourselves. And we've got to support one another out there."
The 18-year-old Crawford believes if the team takes his advice they will be able to go on from this point and have the kind of season the team, coaches and their fans would like.
"We let ourselves down, our coaches and fans against Washington County," added Crawford.
His goal now: Determined to do better -- much better here on out.
"I love playing football and giving my all out there," said Crawford. "I want to continue to give it everything I've got. I want my teammates to do the same."
Crawford believes the Bulldogs can get back to their winning ways this Friday night when they travel to Hephzibah to take on the Rebels in their first Sub-Region North 3-AAA game of the season.
"If we play like we are capable of playing, we shouldn't have any problems," said Crawford. "But if we don't, it could be like it was against Washington County."
During practice on Monday, Crawford said he and teammates tried to put the focus on doing what is asked of them by coaches.
"We've got to work hard and get back what we had before we started the season," said Crawford. "That's very important."
After graduation, Crawford plans to attend college to minor in nursing and major in education. His future plans call for maybe returning to Thomson High School to be a classroom teacher and football coach.
Crawford is a member of Springfield Baptist Church, where he very active in the teenage ministry.