Bulldogs shoot down Musketeers; face North Clayton in first round of playoffs
By Jim Wallace

Tyrek Braswell breaks away for a 7-yard TD run, one of his four touchdowns on the night.
Tyrek Braswell scored four touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards as the Thomson Bulldogs defeated the Academy of Richmond County Musketeers 69-34 Friday night at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard.
The win closed out the regular season, and the sixth-ranked Dogs take their 8-1 record to the first round of the state playoffs as the No. 2 seed in Region 3. They will face the North Clayton Eagles at The Brickyard, Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
While the final score was overwhelmingly in favor of Thomson, the first half was not, as Thomson trailed 31-28 at halftime.
A 21-yard TD pass from Mills Ridings to Christian Tutt, a 6-yard and a 5-yard scoring run by Braswell and 32-yard run by Bubba Murray knotted the score at 28. The Musketeers’ Judson Pickett nailed a 37-yard field goal to give ARC the lead going into intermission.
“We played very well offensively the first half with five possessions, scoring on four,” said Ridings.
The Bulldog defense woke up in the second half and held the visitors to a 24-yard field goal by Pickett.
Thomson continued its scoring bite with TDs by Braswell 61-yards and 6 yards, and Murray, 2 yards and 6 yards.
Tutt returned a punt 65 yards for a score, and the Bulldog defense put an exclamation point on the Dogs’ scoring when Xzavious Lewis turned in a fumble recovery for a 22-yard touchdown.
The Bulldogs rolled up 491 yards of offense to ARC’s 423 yards. Murray ran for 162 yards on 19 carries for three touchdowns.
North Clayton brings a 4-6 overall record to the game. Ridings said the Eagles are very athletic, with strong linebackers and defensive backs.
Tickets for the first round of state football playoffs vs. North Clayton are on sale in the Thomson High School main office for $8 until Friday at 3:30 p.m. THS students only will be allowed to purchase one ticket each for $6. Current reserved seat ticket holders may also purchase their current seat for $8 a ticket as well because of the cancelled Pace game earlier in the season.
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