FORT VALLEY, Ga. -- The Bulldogs of Thomson High School closed out the 2010 football season with a 33-0 loss at the hands of the Peach County Trojans at Anderson Field last Friday night.
The loss also has ended the careers of three longtime coaches -- head coach Luther Welsh, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach John Barnett and secondary defensive coach Curtis Williams. The trio is retiring.
"I've been around a long time; it's now time to go," said coach Welsh after his Bulldogs' loss in the second round of the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state playoffs.
Coach Welsh said he was pleased with the play of his team in the first half. The Bulldogs limited Peach County to just one touchdown during the first 24 minutes of the game.
"I thought we played pretty good football the first half," said coach Welsh. "I just wish we could have played that well in the second half."
Peach County, the defending Class AAA state champions, kept intact their undefeated record. The Trojans are now 12-0. They have put together a 27-game winning streak.
"We didn't play too good in the second half," said coach Welsh, his voice cracking with emotion. "I thought they had better people coming in, but I thought we would have played much better than we did."
Coach Welsh added, "Good teams don't let up. They just keep on coming."
Thomson ends their season with a 9-3 record still most impressive when considering that a year ago the Bulldogs had a miserable time of things, as they won only two games and lost eight.
The shutout of Thomson was Peach County's fifth one of the season and their second straight one in the state playoffs.
The Trojans forced the Bulldogs to commit four turnovers in the game. Defensively, Peach County also held Thomson to just 119 yards total offense. The two biggest plays of the game for the Bulldogs came on long pass plays from junior quarterback Josh Jones to senior receiver Jacoby Crawford. The two passes accounted for 62 yards.
The Trojans were led by quarterback Brett Montgomery, who had rushed for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns.