The Thomson Bulldogs football season got off to a rousing start Friday with a resounding 53-6 victory over Washington-Wilkes.
The Washington-Wilkes Tigers took the opening kickoff at their own 11-yard line, but failed to advance the ball. A shank punt gave Thomson their first possession deep in the Tigers' territory. A two-yard run by running back Torrie Battle put the Dawgs on the board, and a successful PAT by kicker Jared Williams put the Bulldogs up 7-0 with 9:32 remaining in the first quarter. From that point on, the game was all Thomson's.
The Bulldogs scored twice more in the first quarter to end the quarter 21-0. Another touchdown and two successful field goals in the second quarter put Thomson ahead 34-0 at the half.
"It was a good game, but there's room for improvement," quarterback Josh Jones said after the game. "And if we keep working hard and putting God first then we will be fine."
Thomson continued racking up points in the second half, adding three more touchdowns to drive the score to 53-0. Strong defense by Thomson held the Tigers scoreless until late in the fourth quarter, when Washington-Wilkes was finally able to generate a touchdown with 2:51 remaining in the game. Their PAT was unsuccessful, however, and the game ended with a final score of 53-6.
"We just got to keep working together and we will be unstoppable," John John Atkins said of the defense after the game.
With the Bulldog home opener still a month away, enough Thomson fans made the drive to Washington to pack the visitors' bleachers. Members of Thomson's baseball, softball, and soccer teams sported body paint in support of the Bulldogs.
"We've been getting a ton of support from the community," Thomson baseball player Austin Cooper said. "So we get painted up and rowdy to show support back to the people who support us. I know what it's like to have a great community behind you and supporting you. We had a great time tonight supporting the Dogs, and we're looking forward to a great season."
New football head coach Milan Turner was pleased with what he saw during the game.
"I thought our kids played really hard," Turner said. "We've got a lot to work on, a lot of improvement to make, but the effort was very good. I thought we did a better job executing than we did a few weeks ago, but we're a long ways from where we need to be.
"But I thought they all played very hard. I thought the effort was great from top to bottom, and I was very impressed all around."
The Bulldogs next travel to face Lakeside on Friday. Game time is at 7:30.