Dogs defeat Panthers in overtime: face Titans in third round
The Thomson Bulldogs advanced to the third round of the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night after a missed extra-point kick in overtime gave Thomson a 35-34 win against the Americus-Sumter Panthers.
|Dogs defeat Panthers in overtime: face Titans in third round |
The victory meant the Dogs would host the Blessed Trinity Titans, who scored a huge upset over No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Cartersville Friday night.
Youth football team wins championships in first year
In its first year in existence, the Columbia, Richmond, Thomson Georgia Bulldogs (CRTGB) youth football organization won championships in all four divisions it competed in for this season.
|The 10U CRTGB team is shown above.|
CRTGB, headlined by President Marcus Hill and Vice President Kentrell Kendrick, is part of American Youth Football(AYF).
Kendrick said he and Hill wanted to give local children the same opportunities that children all over the nation are able to receive.
“Every weekend when they play, they play on high school fields,” Kendrick said. “We want to give them that high school experience with getting their name called over the speaker and the music playing.”
All four divisions -- 6U (coached by Marco Ramsey), 8U (coached by Commodore Howell), 10U (coached by Kendrick) and 12U (coached by Hill) -- recently won championships for the conference, and Kendrick said no other team in the conference scored a point against the team this season. He added that the 6U team is the first and only in McDuffie County.
Stadler makes Border Bowl V
Zach Stadler, Briarwood senior linebacker and quarterback was named to the Border Bowl V Georgia team.
“That’s our first kid in Briarwood history to be selected,” said Bo Fleming, Briarwood Academy head football coach and athletic director.
Stadler, through 10 games of the season and not including numbers from last week, totaled 27 solo tackles, 25 assists and 10 tackles for loss. He also played quarterback on offense and threw for 1,850 yards, 26 touchdowns and only three interceptions.
Bulldog players well represented on team lists
Thomson Bulldog football players were recently named to teams for their accomplishments.
Twenty-one of the 2017 Bulldogs were named to 3-AAAA All-Region teams.
Christian Tutt was named the region’s athlete of the year.
Named to the first team were: Jacorey Crawford (DB), Artest Banks (LB), Xzavious Lewis (LB), Anthony Larkins (DL), Donovan Williams (OL), Christian Coulter (OL), A.J. Grant (HB/TE), Marcus Cade (REC), Tyrek Braswell (RB) and Mills Ridings (QB).
Defense honorable mentions went to: Tyrese Jones (DB), T.J. Williams (DB), Jalek Nicholson (LB), Dylan Hobbs (LB), Tra'bias Jones (DL) and De'Arious Jones (LB).
Offensive honorable mentions went to: Kobe Walker (OL), Marcus Brown (OL), Chase Smith (TE) and Bubba Murray (RB).
The Border Bowl V also named Bulldog players to the Georgia team.
Offensively: Mills Ridings (QB), Marcus Cade (WR), Donovan Williams (OL), and Latorrence Jeffery (OL).
Defensively: Anthony Larkin (DL), Jacorey Crawford (DB), and Artest Banks (LB),
Border Bowl V is Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.
Thomson head coach Rob Ridings spoke highly of players who were selected to the teams.
“I’m very proud of our guys being picked for the Border Bowl,” Ridings said, adding that Christian Tutt would have been named to the team had he not been participating Army All-American Bowl.
“Region team is also a big honor, and I also think there was more balance (of our players) on the all-region team than in the last couple of years.”
Briarwood Bucs fall to Memorial Day 27-20
The quest for the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers to return to the state title game came to a halt last Friday when the Bucs fell to Memorial Day 27-20.
|Connor Corbitt dashes down the field on a crucial 33-yard pass completion for a first down.|
“Our kids played hard all night,” said Briarwood Head Coach Bo Fleming. “We had a few injuries that hurt us depth wise and I felt like for the first time that actually showed on Friday. We got worn down a little bit with their size up front and that made things difficult for us.
Bulldogs shoot down Eagles in first playoff game
The Thomson Bulldogs grounded the North Clayton Eagles 48-8 Friday night at The Brickyard in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
|The Dogs’ Bubba Murray scores his first of three touchdowns on a 20-yard run.|
The victory, coupled with a 27-17 win by the Americus-Sumter Panthers over the Howard Huskies, means Thomson will travel to Americus for the second round of the playoffs at 7:30 p.m.
Bubba Murray and Christian Tutt each scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs as sixth-ranked Thomson dominated after the first three minutes of the game.
The Bulldogs received the opening kickoff and fumbled, giving it to the Eagles at the 29, where quarterback Keelin Lee scored on a 29-yard run and added the two-point conversion.
Tutt honored with All-America Bowl jersey, chooses the Auburn Tigers
With the Thomson High School student body cheering Tuesday afternoon, Christian Tutt accepted an All-American team jersey and committed to a college.
|Christian Tutt verbally committed to Auburn University on Nov. 14.|
Tutt, a senior defensive back and receiver for the Thomson Bulldogs received the jersey signifying his being chosen for the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Bucs defeat Terrell, advance to third round
After a third-round 63-35 win over Terrell Academy last Friday, the 10-1 Briarwood Academy Buccaneers advance in the state GISA Class AA playoffs and will host Memorial Day this Friday.
|Briarwood Academy senior Dylan Reese fights for yardage on his way to a 348-yard rushing night in the Bucs win over Terrell Academy last Friday night.|
“We won the line of scrimmage, both sides of the ball. Defensively we played really well up front and made their life hard running the ball and forcing them to do what they didn’t want to do, throwing it,” said Briarwood Academy Head Coach Bo Fleming. “Offensively, we won the line of scrimmage because Dylan Reese had a huge night.”
This Friday the Bucs will host the Matadors of Memorial Day, 6-3 overall. Fleming’s seniors have faced off against Memorial Day in previous years and twice have ended a playoff run with losses to the Savannah team.
However, the two teams have faced each other already this year, somewhat. The Bucs and Matadors scrimmaged against each other prior to the season’s start.
A Briarwood win Friday would put the Bucs back in the state championship game at Mercer University where they would face the winner of this week’s battle between Brentwood and Robert Toombs Academy.
Tutt to be honored
On Tuesday, Nov. 14, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl personnel will visit Thomson High School to recognize Christian Tutt for his selection as a member of the All-Star team.
Tutt, senior cornerback for the Bulldogs, is one of the top-ranked cornerback in the state and nation. He has offers from 35 colleges, but has yet to commit.
There will be a pep rally at the school and representatives from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will make the presentation.
“It’s a huge award for Christian, our school and our program,” said Rob Ridings, Thomson head football coach.
“Officials will be here to present him with his jersey. It is a big honor for he and his family.”
Bulldogs shoot down Musketeers; face North Clayton in first round of playoffs
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.
|Tyrek Braswell breaks away for a 7-yard TD run, one of his four touchdowns on the night.|
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.
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.