• Dogs defeat Swainsboro to open region play
By John Barnett

Chris Tutt sheds a block, while squaring up to tackle a Swainsboro running back. Photo by Brian Hobbs.

An old friend, the Wing T offense, arrived at the Brickyard Friday night and helped Thomson defeat the Swainsboro Tigers 13-6 in the opening Region 3AAA contest for both teams. The two storied programs have struggled with youth and injuries all season, but both gave a great effort for 48 minutes. Thomson Offensive Coordinator Chad Simmons said the move back to the Wing T from the Spread attack had been “contemplated for a couple of weeks as injuries kept the receiver corps from being at full strength.” Additionally, an effort to reduce mistakes and keep the young, injury-riddled Dog defense off the field with a more ball-controlled attack made the decision final as Thomson entered region play.
The game began amid controversy as Thomson was penalized before the opening kickoff for excessive celebration at mid-field prior to entering thru the run-in exactly like they have done the past two seasons. Fortunately, the only result of that penalty was that the Swainsboro kicker easily put the opening kickoff into the end zone and the Dogs began their opening drive at their own 20. After two first downs moved the ball to midfield a fake punt failed on fourth and three and Swainsboro took over.

To read more on this story, see the Wed., Oct. 16, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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