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Jones leads Bulldogs to 57-point win

Thomson quarterback Josh Jones threw for three touchdowns and ran for another two in the Bulldogs' 63-6 rout of the Westside High School Patriots Friday night.

The victory improves the Bulldogs' record to 7-0 for the season and 5-0 in region play.

Jones went 10-for-13 with no interceptions, and the team racked up a staggering 489 all-purpose yards. The Bulldogs never punted.

Thomson fans showed up in droves to fill the stands for the away game at Westside's Carlton Thompson Field.

After the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, the opening drive set the tone for the rest of the game. The Patriots' opening possession lasted less than a minute and ended in a punt after going three-and-out.

The Bulldogs then drove up the field with alternating rush and pass plays, getting two first downs in the process. Running back Ladricus Bonner put Thomson on the board with a 3-yard run with 9:30 left in the first quarter. Jared Williams hit the extra point.

The team cemented their lead with two more touchdowns in the first quarter alone. One came with 7:34 left in the quarter, when Jones ran the ball 27 yards to score on the first play of the drive.

Westside responded with a drive that lasted more than three minutes but ended in another punt. They picked up two first downs, one on an offsides penalty against Thomson.

With 1:35 left in the quarter, Thomson scored on another run by Jones, this time for 34 yards.

The quarter wrapped up with another Patriots three-and-out drive and a personal foul penalty on Westside. The first quarter ended with a score of 21-0.

The Bulldogs scored four more touchdowns before halftime. The first came at the start of the second quarter, when Jones hit junior Torrie Battle with a 30-yard touchdown pass.

For the rest of the half, both teams were plagued by penalties, including two personal fouls on Westside players.

Thomson free safety William Bussey intercepted a pass and returned it to the end zone, but the ball was called back on a holding penalty.

"It's just a great feeling to have everybody cheering your name," said Bussey of his third interception this season.

Torrie Battle immediately ran it in again, but it was called back due to a block in the back, angering the Thomson crowd. With 9:26 left, the Bulldogs finally scored on a 31-yard pass from Jones to junior Kentrell Reynolds.

The Bulldogs' final two touchdowns of the half came from a 5-yard run by senior running back Demarquis Lampkin at 6:25 and a 19-yard jump pass by Jones to a wide open Ladricus Bonner at 1:13.

Thomson led 49-0 at halftime.

Head coach Milan Turner decided to take many of the starters out for the second half. The clock ran continuously for the remainder of the game.

The Bulldogs increased their lead with a touchdown each in the third and fourth quarters.

Running back Chris Jordan scored on a 10-yard run with 9:14 left in the third, and running back Travanta Wright scored the team's final touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run at the start of the fourth.

Freshman kicker Ricky Martinez hit both extra points.

Westside ended the game with a 2-yard run for a touchdown with 3:56 left in the game. The extra point attempt was no good, making the score 63-6.

Turner said he was extremely proud of the team, but he has no plans of letting up as the region playoff game draws ever closer.

"I'm excited to be in the position we're in," he said. "The key is to improve every single week before playoffs. We want to put ourselves in a good position to try to win the region."

The Bulldogs have two more regular season games. They will visit Josey on Friday and close out the season with a home game against Grovetown on Oct. 28.

The region playoff game takes place Nov. 4.

Web posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011

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