Bucs 5-0 after fourth-quarter win over Trinity
Tied 41-41 in the fourth quarter and facing a larger AAA school, Briarwood Academy’s passing work this past summer paid off and set the stage for a game-winning 66-yard touchdown pass. With the 48-41 win over the visiting Trinity Christian squad, the Bucs are now 5-0 on the season.
|Bo Fleming, Briarwood head coach, celebrates the win as time expires.|
Bucs’ quarterback Zach Stadler connected to Connor Corbitt, his cousin, for the 66-yard touchdown strike to give Briarwood the lead with 6:46 remaining in the game.
Bulldog-Pace Academy game cancelled
Weather concerns forced the cancellation of the Pace Academy Knight – Thomson Bulldog game Friday night at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard.
Thomson head coach Rob Ridings said Pace Academy in Atlanta called the school Friday morning.
“They said they were not going to allow their students athletes to be on the road because of traffic concerns due to weather,” Riding said.
Bucs now 4-0 after 35-7 win over Dominion
The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers are off to a 4-0 start after adding another win this past Friday against Dominion Christian. The Knights fell to the Bucs, 35-7 in a game entirely controlled by Briarwood.
|Tommy Wells, No. 3, takes the pitch on a sweep around the right end against Dominion Christian.|
The Bucs established a 28-point lead just in the first quarter. Briarwood’s opening score was on an option pitch from Zach Stadler to Dylan Reese who raced 24 yards to the end zone. Matthew Acuna added the kick and the Bucs were up 7-0 after the first possession of the game.
Bulldogs go to 3-0 with win over Jefferson
It was what was expected of two teams in the Top 10 of their classification – a close one – Friday night as the Thomson Bulldogs defeated the Jefferson Dragons 20-13 at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard.
|Thomson’s Tyler Curry makes a turns up field for yardage.|
“It was two good football teams,” said Thomson head coach Rob Ridings of the Dogs ranked third and the Dragons ranked sixth in 4-A by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“They are well-coached and played hard and it was two good teams going at it.”
Harlem Bulldogs defeat Warren County 48-16
The Warren County Screaming Devils and the Harlem Bulldogs faced off in a Thursday game moved up because of weather concerns.
|Jatarious Allen hands the ball off to Dairon Jones. Jones scored both touchdowns for Warren County. |
The Bulldogs struck first during the Aug. 31 game at their home field. With 10:25 left in the first quarter, No. 4 Cameron Garnett found a hole and scored on a 23-yard run. During the drive, Garnett and No. 6 A.J. Brown took turns running the ball down the field. Afer Garnett found the endzone, No. 50 Brennar Danforth kicked the PAT, and the Bulldogs went up 7-0.
Briarwood remains undefeated after beating Piedmont
The Briarwood Academy Buccaneers rolled to a 39-17 win last Friday at Piedmont Academy in Monticello.
|Dawson Jones (No. 24), Zach Stadler (No. 5) and Jesse Cushman work to bring down the Piedmont ball carrier. |
“We had a good night Friday night. The offense looked good and we’ve got to shore up some things on defense, but I think we’ll get it done,” said Briarwood head coach Bo Fleming. “Overall it was a good night for us and a lot of guys got to play.”
Dogs face Dragons Friday – Dog Walk to welcome team
The AAAA matchup with the Jefferson Dragons (2-0) should be interesting after Thomson’s two wins last year.
|The Bulldogs arrive for the Dog Walk last in December before the quarterfinal game against the Dragons.|
The Dragons are 2-0 with a 43-0 opening win against 7-A Discovery (2-10 over the last two seasons), and a 50-13 win at 5-A Riverwood. The team is ranked sixth in the Atlanta Journal Top 10, with Thomson being ranked third.
A Dog Walk will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday to cheer on the Dogs as they arrive at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard. The Bulldog Brigade and cheerleaders will perform as the team arrives in buses.
Thomson squeezes past Rebels 14-13
The Thomson Bulldogs survived the rainy weather and mistakes Friday night to hang on to a 14-13 win at Effingham County.
|Thomson’s Tyrek Braswell runs for yardage as Mills Ridings makes a block.|
The difference came when the Rebels missed a 4th quarter field goal and the Thomson defense stopping the opponents with nearly two minutes remaining.
Many knew the game would be different than the season opener which saw the Dogs demolish Laney 50-0 in Augusta.
“Contrary to what people believe, defense still wins games and wins championships,” said Thomson head coach Rob Ridings of the game with 6-A Rebels.
Brickyard Wall of Fame event honors trio
The Brickyard will soon gain plaques of three more standout Thomson High School athletes.
|From left, John Barnett, Jerry Mays and Mike Perry, join 11 previous members in the Wall of Fame.|
John Barnett, Jerry Mays, and Mike Perry were inducted onto the wall at The Brickyard Wall of Fame Banquet at First Baptist Church. This is the fourth edition of the banquet and their markers will join 11 others currently on the wall at the main entrance to the stadium.
Bucs defeat Edmund Burke for the Backyard Battle Trophy 37-13
In just its third year, the Backyard Battle Trophy will continue to call Briarwood Academy home. The Bucs defeated the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans 37-13 last Friday in Warrenton. Since the trophy presentation began, the Bucs have swept the rivalry game for three straight years. The trophy is co-sponsored by Jefferson Energy Co-Op and Planters EMC.
|Briarwood seniors are shown with the Backyard Battle, which the Bucs have captured all three years that the trophy has been in existence. The trophy is sponsored by Jefferson Energy and Planters EMC. Shown are (front from left) Matthew Acuna, Noah Mooney, Danny Roush, Tucker Hohlwein, (back) Connor Corbitt, Tyler Johnson, Zachary Hill, Zach Stadler, Tommy Wells, Braxton Taylor, Travis Pate, Jesse Cushman, Ford Walker and Dylan Reese.|