Dog Walk sendoff on Saturday
A Dog Walk Saturday will celebrate Thomson High School’s departure for the state championship at the Georgia Dome
|The Dog Walk will be on Dec. 10 at Thomson High. People can begin arriving at 10:30 a.m.|
The community is encouraged to come to the athletic complex at the high school at 10:30 a.m.
Bulldogs victorious in opening game
The Thomson Bulldogs came up 83-54 winners at the Warren County Screaming Devils in the first basketball game of the season for the two schools.
|Thomson’s Radaren Johnson tries to stop the Screaming Devils’ Justyn Allen.|
The Class AAAA Bulldogs were led by Radaren Johnson with 22 points. Zavian Smith was next with 16 points, and Darius Turman finished with 15 points.
Jarrius Burnett led Class A Warren County with 14 points.
Michael Thomas, Thomson head coach, said Turman also led in other areas.
Lady Bucs notch first win of season against Fox Creek
The Briarwood Lady Buccaneers are currently 1-6 on the season.
|Chloe Wilson drives to the hoop for the Briarwood Academy Lady Bucs. |
They faced Gatewood for their third game of the year. Both the B team and varsity were defeated by the Gators on Nov. 29.
The girls then played in the Garden City Classic at Augusta Prep from Dec. 1-3.
On Dec. 1, the Lady Bucs faced Curtis Baptist, losing by a score of 41-35.
On Dec. 2, the Lady Bucs faced Edmund Burke, losing by a score of 38-11.
Briarwood boys win three games at start of season
The Briarwood Bucs have gotten off to a good start for their 2016-17 season, winning three games in the past week.
|Briarwood Academy’s Zach Stadler drives in for a layup against the Gatewood Gators.|
On Nov. 29, the Bucs faced Gatewood and only lost by two points, 47-45. Junior Connor Corbitt was the leading scorer with 12 points.
The next games came as part of the Garden CIty Classic at Augusta Prep on Dec. 1-3.
Dogs headed to Dome
For the first time in 14 years the Thomson Bulldogs are headed to the Georgia Dome, where they will face Cartersville next Saturday for the GHSA AAAA state championship at 4:30 p.m.
|Head coach Rob Ridings celebrates the win right after the game. [Photo by Caitlin Boland]|
Move came after Jefferson did not have stipulated seating
The venue of the Class AAAA quarterfinal playoff game between Thomson High School and Jefferson High School was moved after a ruling Tuesday morning by the Georgia High School Association.
|Fans are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible as there will be no reserved seating for the semi-final playoff game. All tickets are $15 and THS student tickets are $13. Advanced ticket sales will end at 11 a.m. Friday. Tickets the gate at $15.|
The game will be played at The Brickyard at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Gary Phillips, executive director for the GHSA, said Tuesday afternoon the game was moved because Jefferson did not have the required 4,000 seats for the playoff game at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
“We had questions about the permanent seating at Jefferson stadium,” said Phillips.
“Through some miscommunication Friday night and again Sunday afternoon, we were under the assumption that Jefferson had 4,000 permanent seats in their stadium which is what is required for a Class AAAA game.”
Holiday Havoc coming to Sweetwater gym
Wrestling will take center stage as Holiday Havoc visits Sweetwater Park Gym, Sat., Dec. 10.
|Youngsters carried signs as Da Fireman got ready to wrestle in a recent event.|
The Viral Pro Wrestling event will feature a grudge match between Thomson natives, Oz Knight and Charlie Anarchy.
Lady Dogs drop season opener
The Thomson High School Lady Dogs lost their season opener to Elbert County Friday night.
|Thomson’s Shatoria Tucker drives against Green County. |
THS had 35 turnovers in the 46-32 road loss.
“We couldn't handle their full court pressure,” said Michael Williams, Thomson head coach.
THS game moves to Brickyard after GHSA appeal
The Thomson Bulldogs came out strong early in The Brickyard Friday night and cruised to a 30-7 win against the Spalding Jaguars in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
|Thomson fans encourage the Bulldog defense. |
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs were supposed to travel to Jefferson Friday night to face the Dragons in a semifinal clash.
According to Thomson High School head coach Rob Ridings, that was overturned Tuesday as the Georgia High School Association ruled that the game would be moved to The Brickyard due to the Jefferson Memorial Stadium not being having the required 4,000 seats for a semi-final playoff game.
Dogs make playoff quarterfinals with victory over Spartans
Thomson triple-punched the West Hall Spartans Friday night in a 42-14 win at The Brickyard.
|THS’ Trey Parker leaps to gather in a TD pass over the Panther’s Ashun Favorite as a penalty flag flies. The flag was for pass interference and the reception scored.|
Mills Ridings threw for three TDs, Michael Thomas rushed for 204 yards, and the Bulldog defense allowed 107 yards of offense, as Thomson climbed to 12-0.
The Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA playoffs, and will host the Spalding Jaguars Friday night at 7:30 p.m. A Dog Walk at 5:30 p.m., next to The Brickyard, will give fans a chance to yell for the team as they enter the stadium.