The Thomson Bulldogs defeated the Lakeside Panthers 57-39 in an away game Friday.
After holding the Panthers to three downs and a punt on their first possession, Thomson scored on their fifth offensive play when running back Chris Jordan carried the ball into the end zone.
The PAT failed, and the score stood at 6-0.
The Thomson defense again held Lakeside to three and a punt, and Thomson scored again with a field goal. The rest of the first half was much of the same, with an additional field goal by Jared Williams, a touchdown by Torrie Battle, and two successful two-point conversions. A stalwart Thomson defense held Lakeside to a sole field goal, and the half ended with Thomson up 23-3.
Lakeside scored first in the second half, bringing the score to 23-10.
Thomson responded with six points off a keeper by quarterback Josh Jones, who ran 80 yards for the touchdown. Lakeside responded with a touchdown pass and successful two-point conversion to bring the score to 29-18. Thomson immediately replied when Billy Felts returned Lakeside's kick for a touchdown. A successful PAT brought the score to 36-18, where the score stood after the third quarter.
But the scoring from both sides was far from over. Lakeside started the fourth quarter with a touchdown run and successful two-point conversion to bring the score to 36-26. Thomson responded with their own touchdown and PAT to take the score to 43-26. Lakeside then mounted their first serious threat, successfully scoring twice to pull within 4 at 43-39.
With Lakeside again in possession and 3:14 remaining, Thomson's William Bussey intercepted a pass to give the Dawgs possession on the Lakeside 19-yard line. Battle again ran the ball into the end zone for the score and Thomson went up 50-39. Lakeside failed to respond with points of their own, and with 42.5 seconds remaining, Jones again reached the end zone for Thomson on a keeper. A successful PAT by Williams took the score to 57-39, where it stood at the end of play, three and a half hours after the opening kick-off.
"It was just a play that we kept going back to during the course of the game and it finally opened up on that particular play," Jones said of his fourth-quarter keeper. "And our special teams did a great job tonight, too."
"We had our backs against the wall, but we came back when we had to," nose guard "John John" Atkins said of the defense following the game. "But we almost gave it away to them there in the fourth quarter."
"The key word there is 'almost'," head coach Milan Turner said after the game. "Lakeside's a formidable team, and I take my hat off to their players and coaches. I thought we played really well in the first half, but then in the second I guess we relaxed a bit and got a little bit sloppy. But we came back, that's the main thing. I'm really proud of our guys. Whether you win by a hundred or by a single point, the main thing is to get a win. And I'll take the W on this one."
This week is a bye week for Thomson. The Bulldogs next travel to Washington County on Sept. 16. Game time is 7:30.
THOMSON 57, LAKESIDE 39
Thomson 9 14 13 21 - 57
Lakeside 0 3 15 21 - 39
T- Chris Jordan 13 run (two-point attempt failed), 7:43; T - Jared Williams 35 kick, 5:20
L - Tanner Preheim 26 kick, 11:48; T - Torrie Battle 5 run (Jared Williams kick), 6:58; T - Battle 67 pass from Josh Jones (Williams kick), 3:03
L- Johnathon Long 22 pass from Mark Weidenaar (Preheim kick), 6:22; T - Jones 80 run (kick failed), 4:31; L - Eamon Diehl 17 pass from Weidenaar (pass good), 1:46; T - Billy Felts 90 KR (Williams kick), 1:33
L - Weidenaar 20 run (run good), 11:52; T - Jordan Davis 17 pass from Jones (kick good), 9:27; L - Weidenaar 44 run (kick good), 8:24; L - Jonathan Edwards 25 from Weidenaar (two-point conversion failed), 5:32; T - Battle 23 run (Williams kick), 2:26; T - Jones 29 run (Williams kick), 0:43
First Downs 17, 21
Rushes-Yards 44-262, 29-144
Passing Yards 126, 332
Comp.-Att.-Int. 6-16-1, 26-50-3
Fumbles-Lost 1-0, 3-2
Punts-Yards 5-24.8, 5-31.4
Penalties-Yards 20-140, 12-115
T: Josh Jones 12-117, Chris Jordan 12-56, Demarquis Lampkin 9-41, Torrie Battle 5-25, Billy Felts 2-13, Ladricus Bonner 3-8, Marquavios Cummings 1-2. L: Mark Weidenaar 13-97, Zack Banks 5-26, Johnathon Long 11-21.
T: Jones 6-16-1 126. L: Weidenaar 25-49-3 310, Hunter Banks 1-1-0 22.
T: Battle 1-67, Jordan 1-17, Jordan Davis 1-17, Ryan Kelly 2-14, Kentrell Reynolds 1-11.
L: Eamon Diehl 11-158, Edwards 4-64, Long 4-42, Spencer Plunkett 2-27, Weidenaar 1-22, Jordan Rose 2-14, Daniel Henry 1-9, Z. Banks 1-(-4).