Thomson squeezes past Rebels 14-13
By Jim Wallace

Thomson’s Tyrek Braswell runs for yardage as Mills Ridings makes a block.
The Thomson Bulldogs survived the rainy weather and mistakes Friday night to hang on to a 14-13 win at Effingham County.
The difference came when the Rebels missed a 4th quarter field goal and the Thomson defense stopping the opponents with nearly two minutes remaining.
Many knew the game would be different than the season opener which saw the Dogs demolish Laney 50-0 in Augusta.
“Contrary to what people believe, defense still wins games and wins championships,” said Thomson head coach Rob Ridings of the game with 6-A Rebels.
The Dogs opened the game, driving to the Rebel 21, before an interception on a Mills Ridings pass that was meant to go out of bounds.
On the Rebels second possession of the game, the Thomson defense came up with a sack and forced a punt. On the Rebels second possession of the game, the Thomson defense came up with a sack and forced a punt.
Thomson’s next possession ended at the goal line on a fumble in the end zone that gave the ball to the Rebels at their 20.
After halftime, the THS defense forced a punt and the Bulldogs drove 55 yards on 13 plays, all on the ground, with Braswell and Tyler Curry. A 29-yard run to the end zone was negated by a penalty, but Curry broke the tie, scoring on a 14-yard run six plays later.
With 5:35 remaining in the game, the Rebels had a chance to tie the game after the Stokes-to-Gant connection turned in a 53-yard pass play that saw Stokes break several tackles to score.
The Dogs were penalized eight times for 90 yards. Ridings said a review of films could not detect wrong on a couple of calls.
Aside from the two long passing scores that accounted for 114 yards, the Thomson defense only allowed 54 yards. The Rebels only managed 5 first downs with two of those coming on penalties.
Thomson High School Football Players of the Game vs Effingham County (chosen by coaches):
•Offense: senior running back Tyrek Braswell, graded at 87 percent with 30 carries for 115 yards, 1 TD and one catch for 22 yards.
•Defense: senior safety Jacorey Crawford, graded at 86 percent, with six tackles (two assists and one tackle for loss).
•Special teams: senior kicker Sam Derry 5-for-5 for 100 percent and two PAT.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Aug. 31, 2017 issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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