It promises to be one of the better football games in the Augusta area on Friday night when the Thomson Bulldogs go up against the Richmond Academy Musketeers in Augusta.
The Bulldogs come into the upcoming game fresh off a 38-6 thumping of the Hephzibah Rebels. They bring with them an overall record of 3-1.
Thomson already has won one more game this season than they did all of last season, as the Bulldogs had one of their worse seasons in school history and finished the 2009 season with a disappointing record of 2-8.
The Musketeers, meanwhile, will be looking to get back on the winning track after a 39-12 loss to the Washington County Golden Hawks at The House of Pain in Sandersville a week ago.
The contest between Thomson and ARC is a region game.
"I'm hoping we can get on a winning streak and win the rest of our games," remarked Thomson head coach Luther Welsh during an interview earlier this week. "We played a pretty good game against Hephzibah. We've just got to find a way to keep winning ball games."
The week before Thomson played Hephzibah, Washington County's Golden Hawks paid a visit to The Brickyard in Thomson and defeated the Bulldogs 26-6. It is Thomson's only blemish of the season. That same week, ARC's Musketeers of head coach Chris Hughes shutout Hephzibah 20-0.
As the season nears the midway mark, coach Welsh hopes his players continue to show signs of improvement from week to week.
"We've got to keep getting better and better," said coach Welsh. "That's a must if we're going to try to make the playoffs."
Overall against Hephzibah, he said he was pleased with the effort of his team.
"We made some mistakes here and there, but nothing to the degree that we did against Washington County," said coach Welsh.
"We looked a lot better in the Hephzibah game."
Coach Welsh said he was pleased that the offensive line blocked much better against Hephzibah than they did in the Washington County game.
"Our offensive line played much better," said coach Welsh. "We've got to continue to get down and block low. That's what you want from your offensive line."