• Dogs defense tough in opening win
By Jim Wallace

Defense was the name of the game as The Thomson Bulldogs opened the 2014 season with a 26-13 win over Jefferson County at The Brickyard Friday night.
The Warriors scored first, but Thomson’s defense toughened the rest of the night to give Rob Ridings his first win as coach of the Bulldogs.
With nearly five minutes left in the second quarter, a 32-yard pass from Will Jordan to Juwan McCall gave Jefferson County the lead.
On Thomson’s next possession, the Dogs drove to the Warrior 27, but a 44-yard field goal try by Cody Brown sailed wide left.
On the next play, THS’ Will Roberts recovered at the Thomson 15 to put Thomson in business with 1:35 until halftime.
With 2 seconds left, on a fourth-and-a-foot play, Jalen McNair blasted in. Brown’s kick missed.
The Warriors had the first chance to score after halftime, but Thomson’s Chris Tutt recovered a Warrior fumble at the Jefferson County 42.
On the next play, Billy Mance ran for a 42-yard touchdown and Brown’s extra point put Thomson ahead 13-7.
The Bulldog players and fans thought Thomson had recovered the ensuing kick-off, but officials ruled the Warriors had possession.
Early in the fourth quarter, Thomson tried to extend the lead, but a 35-yard field goal missed its mark.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, August 28, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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