Bulldogs prepare for Homecoming after break
By JIm Wallace
After three weeks off, the Thomson Bulldogs are back in action at The Brickyard for homecoming this Friday night.
|THS Bulldogs play in its Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 29.|
The 3-0 Bulldogs will face the winless Clarkston Angoras.
The hiatus in games was caused by the cancellation of the Sept. 8 game against Pace Academy and then two open dates.
The Pace game was washed away because of travel concerns from Atlanta to Thomson, and the Georgia High School Association upheld their request because the governor had declared a state of emergency.
Thomson head coach Rob Ridings said the two open dates were anticipated but not the cancellation.
"It's been good, but it's been tough," the coach said.
"We've been working on different things and focusing on us for these three weeks to look ahead and work on some things that we feel we need to work on for future opponents."
A game with Buford was sought but was not doable, said Ridings.
"There were eight teams that had Sept. 22 open, and they decided to go another direction and not play," said the coach.
"We were close to being able to play Buford, but when it got down to it, they were beat up physically and we were still beat up a little bit. We both came to the realization that we didn't have to play. It would have been nice to play and some money could have been made for both schools, but the game wouldn't have a bearing on our season, or our region, and both teams needed to get people well."
The Bulldogs were able to practice twice over the days that school was closed because of Hurricane Irma.
"We got five good days of practice in in those two weeks of, and we're as close to being 100 percent as we've been in a while," said Ridings, attributing that to the extra time off.
In going against an 0-6 team, Ridings said the Bulldogs had to take care of what they needed to take care of.
"I've told our kids that we need to respect all our opponents, no matter who it is," the coach said.
"We will go to play and give the very best effort we can, no matter who the opponent is."
Ridings said he encouraged the players to enjoy Homecoming festivities, but that when it came time to walk out onto the grass and take care of business, they had to be ready.
"We've got to take care of our end of the deal," said the coach.
"The thing we really tried to get our guys to understand is that they've got to be in the moment and that they can't worry about what's going on other places and that they have to play to win."
Ridings said Clarkston runs from the spread on offense, and the 4-4 on defense with man-to-man coverage.
The Angoras have scored a total of 26 points in six games, with four of those losses being shutouts.
•The 2017 Homecoming queen will be crowned at halftime.
•There will be a Dog Walk at 5:30 at The Brickyard, as the team arrives for pregame warm-up.
•After Homecoming, the Bulldogs will begin the all-important region schedule with a home game against Hephzibah.