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'Dogs still perfect after ARC

The script didn't change much for game and victory No. 5.

Once again, Thomson's offense broke free for huge gains, the special teams recorded big plays and the defense forced short possessions and turnovers as the Bulldogs routed Richmond Academy, 61-7, on Thursday night to improve to 5-0.

Thomson, which came in averaging more than 50 points per game, led 54-7 at the half.

"I thought they played with great intensity and effort tonight," Thomson coach Milan Turner said.

The Bulldogs needed only three minutes to score twice as the Musketeers lost the ball on a fumble on their first play of the game.

Thomson got a hand on a Richmond Academy punt to lead to another score. The Bulldogs later got an even stronger block on a punt, when Mar'Quavious Jones easily picked up the ball and took it in for the score.

Two other scores in the first came when Torrie Battle evaded tacklers for a 72-yard burst and quarterback Josh Jones found room near the sideline for his 30-yard score. Jones accounted for four touchdowns and had 109 offensive yards.

"Our offensive line, that's the engine of the offense," he said.

As the first quarter ended, the Bulldogs had only eight offensive plays but scored five touchdowns and led 33-7.

After two more TDs in the second, a long punt return helped Thomson continue the onslaught as it started its final drive of the half on the Musketeers' 9-yard line and got a touchdown.

The scoring pass with 9 seconds left bothered Richmond Academy coach Chris Hughes. The two head coaches met after the game and shook hands during the conversation.

Earlier, Richmond Academy (1-4) looked like it could keep pace, thanks to Antonio Simmons avoiding some defenders and keeping his balance as he ran for a 54-yard score. Only 4:13 into the game, it was 14-7 Thomson.

With their passing game struggling, the Musketeers relied on Diquan Washington to lead the offense. He picked up 35 rushing yards in the first half before carrying the ball 10 times in the second half to finish with 92 yards.

Even with Washington's running and Simmons' score, Thomson had no trouble adding to its lead.

Though a running clock limited second-half scoring chances, the teams combined for only four offensive possessions. Billy Felts started the third quarter with a 96-yard kickoff return touchdown and closed the scoring as Richmond Academy had both of its second-half possessions end with an interception.

"We'll learn from this," Hughes said.

Web posted on Thursday, October 06, 2011

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