For the first time in several years, the junior varsity football team at Thomson High School has gone undefeated.
"We had a great season," said Thomson junior varsity head coach Chris Hodges. "I'm real proud of these players."
The Bulldogs defeated Jefferson County's Warriors 12-6 on Oct. 21 in a game played at Jefferson County High School near Louisville.
The victory assured the Bulldogs of a perfect 6-0 season.
On the first play of the game, Thomson's Tavis Walton ran for pay dirt from 26 yards out. It gave the Bulldogs an early 6-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Thomson made a big miscue, as they snapped the ball over the head of the punter. It resulted in the Warriors recovering the loose ball at the Thomson 11.
Jefferson County took full advantage of the mistake. They scored on the next play. The Bulldogs managed to keep the Warriors from scoring the 2-point conversion, which would have given them a 2-point lead, 8-6. As it turned out, both teams played each other to a 6-6 tie during the first half.
The third quarter proved to be a defensive battle between both teams.
Going into the fourth and final quarter of play, both teams still were tied 6-6.
Jefferson County was able to move the ball all the way to the Thomson 4 before the Bulldogs' defense came up big. Sherrod Hart and A.J. Davis joined forces for a 3 yard loss on the next play.
Another fine defensive play followed that one. It was turned by Majerius Moss, who prevented the ball carrier from getting any additional yardage.
The Warriors shot themselves in the foot on the next play, as a bad pitch resulted in more lost yardage.
They then were confronted with fourth down and goal situation.
Again, the Bulldogs rose to the challenge, defensively.
Wykey Lane and Travanta Wright made what turned out to be a crucial tackle at the Thomson 10.
"Our guys played hard the entire game," said coach Hodges. "We kept fighting until the end and it paid off."
Once the Bulldogs stopped the Warriors at the 10, they took over possession of the football and drove 90 yards downfield for what proved to be a winning touchdown.
Walton turned in two nice runs, covering distances of 11 and 17 yards, respectively.
Quay Cummings later completed a pass to Jordan Davis, who broke free of three would-be tacklers before running into the end zone from 52 yards out.
Another defensive play thwarted stopped the Warriors in their tracks and virtually sealed the victory for Thomson.
Sherrod Hart picked off a Jefferson County pass late in the game, which ended any chance of the Warriors ending Thomson's impressive winning streak.
"I thank our fans who came out and supported us this season," said coach Hodges.
"I give a lot of credit to our scout team players who worked hard all season and made us better as a team."