Dogs and Wolves to collide at The Brickyard
The Thomson Bulldogs host the Buford Wolves Friday night in the third and quarterfinal round of the Class AAAA Playoffs.
|The Bulldogs took the Dog Walk to The Brickyard, and defensive tackle Jim Q. Hobbs fired up the Dogs before they walked Luther Welsh Field prior to Friday night’s win over the Grady Knights. |
Thomson earned the right to advance by defeating Grady 44-21 at The Brickyard and Buford, three-time defending state champion, advanced after a 42-0 win over visiting Worth County.
The pros visit the Brickyard for playoffs
Cam Newton, Carolina Panther quarterback, and Jasper Brinkley, N.Y. Giant linebacker, were at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard for the Thomson-Grady playoff game Friday night.
|Cam Newton, Carolina Panther quarterback, and Jasper Brinkley, N.Y. Giant linebacker, were at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard for the Thomson-Grady playoff game Friday night. Newton came to watch his brother, Grady quarterback Caylin Newton. McDuffie County Board of Education Police Chief, pictured with Newton, and other school resource officers provided security for the quarterback’s visit. Brinkley was in town to support his hometown team and took time to visit with fans.|
Dogs advance to Class AAAA playoff quarterfinals with win over Knights
The Bulldogs shook off the fact that they didn’t have their leading rusher to defeat the Grady Knights 44-21 Friday night at The Brickyard.
|A pair of Knights chase Michael Thomas as he streaks for a 58-yard touchdown.|
Following the win, Thomson (11-1) won a midnight coin flip in Athens for the right to host a Class AAAA third round playoff battle with the Buford Wolves.
THS defeats Veterans to win first playoff game
The Thomson High Bulldogs won their first state playoff game under the leadership of Head Coach Rob Ridings on Nov. 13.
|Billy Mance takes the handoff from quarterback Rashad Sturgis. Mance had 24 carries on the night for a total of 297 yards.|
OHANA Karate brings medals from the battle
OHANA Karate, led by Sensi Walker Tharpe, competed at the Battle of Kennesaw Karate Tournament Saturday, Oct. 24 and returned with gold, silver and bronze medals.
|OHANA Karate competitors stand behind the trophies received during the Battle of Kennesaw Karate Tournament Oct. 24. Pictured are (left to right) Jayden Carroll, Lee Ovalee, Tripp Brantley, Sensi Walker Tharpe, Kinsley Melson, Zion Moss and Julie Ovalle.|
Dogs win region
Many times, rivalry football games don’t provide the expected excitement.
|The Thomson High Bulldogs defeated the Burke County High Bears on Friday night to win the region 3-AAAA championship. |
That was not the case as the Thomson Bulldogs battled the Burke County Bears Friday night at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard.
Thomson clinched the Region 3-AAAA Championship 35-28 before a near-capacity stadium on a rain-drenched field that had both teams battling for footing.
Bulldog Brigade hosts marching band competition
The Brickyard, normally a battlefield for football, became a ground to claim glory on Saturday as nine high school marching bands competed for honors and to be grand champion. The Thomson High School Bulldog Brigade hosted the Marching Band Competition Nov. 7 as part of the Georgia Marching Band Series. The bands displayed their talents and learnings from their music education as they sought be named champion.
|THS drum majors Shelby Ewest and Sam Donaldson give the band directions.|
Bucs beat Brentwood 48-34 to claim region title
Briarwood Academy’s 48-34 win at Brentwood School last Friday secured the first region title for the Buccaneers since 2004. Finishing first also means the Bucs will host playoff action as the Region 4AA champs.
|Mason Kent, No. 76, recovers and wraps up around an onside kick to give possession to Briarwood.|
“Our kids played hard. It’s been a long time coming and they deserve this region championship,” said Briarwood Head Coach Bo Fleming.
The Briarwood squad is potentially just two wins away from playing for a state championship at the end of the month in Macon at Mercer University. The 8-2 Bucs are undefeated at home as they prepare to host playoffs.
Verdun Wheeler receives coaching internship
A coaching internship with the National Football League’s Players Association has transplanted Thomson High School alumni and former NFL player Danny Verdun Wheeler to South Dakota.
|Danny Verdun Wheeler|
The internship is the 10th annual internship provided by the NFLPA, and it gives transitioning and former NFL players the opportunity to gain coaching experience at the DII, DIII and NAIA levels of college football. According to a press release from the NFLPA, more than 40 institutions have employed more than 60 coaching interns from the program, and many have continued coaching at all levels of football.
Jefferson Energy and Planters EMC award trophy
Since 2005, Briarwood Academy has opened its football season against rival Edmund Burke Academy, of Waynesboro. But, from this year forward the game will be about more that just bragging rights and starting the season with a win.
In most years Edmond Burke has won the rivalry. Last year in Waynesboro, however, the Bucs defeated the Spartans for the first time in six years. Then to kick off this season, Briarwood made it two in a row with a 16-6 win.
This year marked the first presentation of the Backyard Battle Trophy, which is sponsored by Jefferson Energy Cooperative and Planters EMC. One provides electricity to Briarwood and the other to Edmund Burke Academy.