Tharpe receives USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame honors
Sensei Walker Tharpe, of Dearing, was nominated to the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame by Professor Angelito Barongan.
|Zion Moss (left) and Jayden Carroll are shown with Walker Tharpe following his induction ceremony. |
Goal-line stand delivers rivalry win for Bucs
The Thomas Jefferson Academy Jaguars, trailing by six points, faced fouth-and-goal from inside the 1-yard as they threatened to score as the fourth quarter was winding down. But, the Bucs’ defense stood tough and made the stop to secure a 34-28 win for Briarwood Academy.
|Briarwood Academy’s defense defends their end zone as the Thomas Jefferson Academy offense tries to score on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1 yard line. Time was ticking down and a touchdown would have tied the game and set up an opportunity for the Jaguars to kick an extra point for the win.|
Dogs roll to 45-0 win after slow start
After the Thomson Bulldogs shook off some sluggishness Friday night, they found their usual high gear and defeated the Baldwin Braves 45-0 on Senior Night at The Brickyard.
|The Bulldogs came out charging in the second half, scoring 28 points in the third quarter. |
“The last couple of games we played, it (the game) has come so easy, and we scored so easy that sometimes you’ve got to work,” said Thomson coach Rob Ridings in referring to his team’s play.
Dogs shut out Rebels 70-0
Playing on a Thursday night did not bother the Thomson Bulldogs as they blasted the winless Hephzibah Rebels 70-0 in Hephzibah.
|Thomson linebacker Zack Johnson leaps high to block a pass by Hephzibah quarterback Charles Lockwood.|
The game, moved because of weather concerns associated with Hurricane Matthew, was the second game in a row that the Dogs (6-0, 1-0) scored 70 points or more.
In the previous game, the Bulldogs defeated winless Clarkston 73-0. The win against Hephzibah represents Thomson’s biggest margin of victory in the team’s history.
For the second game in a row, Thomson head coach Rob Ridings pulled his starters in the first half, allowing reserves valuable game experience.
Bucs roll past Mon Don, now ready for TJ
Briarwood Academy easily disposed of the Monsignor Donovan Rams 64-45 in Athens Friday, Oct. 7.
|Chapman Mohr, No. 67, finds running room outside against the Mon Don defense. |
“That score doesn’t dictate how the game really went. We could have done a lot more, but I wanted to let my young guys in to get some work,” said Bo Fleming, Briarwood head coach.
The two teams faced off at a recreation park field and the Bucs quickly got the upper hand and had a 30-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Lady Bucs advance to GISA Elite 8 round of state
The Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs traveled to Cordele to face Crisp Academy in the first round of state playoffs. The Lady Bucs defeated Crisp Academy in a best 2-out-of-3 series and will now move on to the Elite 8 round of playoffs.
Thomson places second in region
The Thomson High School Lady Dogs softball team traveled to Burke County to face the Lady Bears in the 4-AAAA region championship game on Oct. 6. The Lady Dogs lost by a score of 5-2, but they remain in second place in the region. The Lady Dogs began their state playoffs facing Cairo in a best-two-out-of-three series on Oct. 12. The Lady Dogs finished the regular season with a 14-13 record overall and an 8-3 record in region play.
|Hailee Prince throws the ball to her teammates between innings during the Oct. 6 game.. |
Warren County Screaming Devils fall to Aquinas
Warren County lost its second straight region game to Aquinas by a score of 20-12 on Oct. 7.
|Jaden Hawkins works to bring down an Aquinas player as Kentravious Brinkley comes in to assist.|
The Screaming Devils opened the scoring with 1:21 left in the first quarter as Jarvis Collins pushed into the endzone for a 2-yard touchdown. During the second half, Warren County scored six more points and Aquinas scored 10 more, bringing the final score to 20-12. Warren County is now 3-3 overall and 0-2 in region play.
Ninth grade Dogs defeat Knights
The Thomson High School ninth grade Bulldogs defeated the Evans Knights 28-22 Thursday, Sept. 29 at The Brickyard.
|THS’ Jamon Fanning takes a Knight tackler with him into the end zone. |
Jamon Fanning scored Thomson’s first touchdown on a 34-yard run and added the two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs added another score on a seven-yard quarterback keeper by Deonte McNair.
The Knights responded by throwing a 47-yard touchdown pass and later scored another TD and two-point conversion to go ahead 16-14 at the half.
Briarwood Middle School Bucs defeat Panthers
Briarwood defeated the Glascock County Middle School Panthers by a score of 22-20 on Sept. 29.
|Dax Reese comes around the corner of the Glascock County defense. |
“We started the game off with a score on our opening drive when seventh grader Dax Reese broke off a 44-yard touchdown run,” said Ryan Gerlach, Briarwood Middle School Bucs coach.