Dogs lose to Bears; close out regular season against ARC
By Jim Wallace

Thomson’s Tyrese Jones runs under a pass from Mills Ridings which was good for 43 yards and set up Thomson’s first TD.
Oftentimes, third down conversions are critical in football, but Friday night fourth down conversions were key in Thomson’s 27-24 loss to the Burke County Bears in Waynesboro.
In what has become the area’s big-time regular-season game the last few years, Chris Tutt scored twice from the wildcat formation for the Dogs, and Tyler Curry added a late 11-yard TD run to a 27-yard field goal by Sam Derry.
“I thought we played hard and that it was a heck of a football game,” said Rob Ridings, Thomson Bulldog head coach.
“It boiled to Burke County converting three 4th down, big-time plays, and our inability to convert them.”
Eric Parker, Bear head coach, said the game was the perfect storm.
“There were two rivals, region championship on the line, and a lot of interest – so I think that is great for our game at the high school level,” he said.
“I think the difference for us was we kept playing hard, even though we made our share of mistakes and our share of penalties. We had some alignment issues from time to time. Great teams have a way making you do that. Through it all, our kids kept fighting.”
Parker reminded that the Bears have had some success, but the last two years have not advanced beyond the second round.
“We’ve got a bunch of kids who don’t know what deep playoff runs are all about and with this game they got a taste of what each playoff game could be like,” he said.
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