• Golden Hawks dominate Thomson
By Jim Wallace

The Thomson Bulldogs found themselves on the losing end of a 41-14 score against Washington County Friday night in Sandersville.
The Golden Hawks (1-0) took a commanding 41-0 lead to halftime and never allowed Thomson (1-1) to get untracked against the opponents that had 36 seniors on the roster.
Thomson’s first score came on a 3-yard run by Savante Jones halfway through the fourth quarter, which was played with a running clock. The Bulldogs added another touchdown with 33 seconds left on a 39-yard run by Christian Tutt.
“Nothing in the first half worked,” said Rob Ridings, Thomson head coach, after the game. “I think what was the icing on their cake was when we tried to break up a pass and their guy tipped it, batted it, and then caught it for a touchdown.”
That play by Stacy Thompson was followed nearly a minute later when A.J. Gray picked off a pass and ran 80 yards for what would be Washington County’s final touchdown as time ran out in the first half.
“Right before halftime, we were trying to score,” said Ridings. “We weren’t going to just let the clock run out. We were trying to put points on the board.”
The coach said that everything that people had heard about the Hawks, defending Class AAA state champs, was true.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, September 4, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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