Briarwood Academy basketball kicks off 2017-18 season
The Briarwood boys and girls basketball teams played their first home game of the season on Nov. 28.
|Tommy Wells goes up for a shot.|
The B-team Lady Bucs fell to the Gatewood Lady Gators by a score of 35-25. Mattie Grae Cheely led the Lady Bucs, scoring 10 points. Grace Bridges and Maci Dyson both scored four points.
The B-team Bucs also lost by a score of 53-29. Aaron Land led the Bucs, scoring 16 points.
The Lady Bucs varsity team lost to the Lady Gators with Amy Kersey leading the Bucs with six points. Camille Wilson scored five points.
The Runnin’ Bucs lost in a game that went into overtime, losing by a score of 49-46.
Lady Dogs best Warren County
The Thomson Lady Dogs evened the season at 2-2 after a 60-23 win at Warren County Saturday night.
|Thomson’s Miyah Rogers aims for two.|
Jamiah Lane hit 21 points to lead Thomson scorers.
The Bulldogs were stingy with points, as they allowed the Lady Screaming Devils a single point in the second period.
Ashanti Ficklin led Warren County with 9 points.
The Lady Dogs will host Warren County Saturday night at 6 p.m., and travel to Monticello Dec. 12 for a 6 p.m. battle.
Rogers signs to play softball at Benedict College
A Thomson High School softball player signed to play softball at Benedict College on Dec. 5.
|Miyah Rogers’ family and coaches as well as THS Athletic Director Larry Dunn and Benedict College head coach Loraine Dunbar applaud Rogers after she signs her scholarship.|
Miyah Rogers, who played left field for the Thomson Lady Dogs softball team, signed with the Benedict College Tigers, a NCAA Division II school that competes in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The school, which is a four-year historically black, liberal arts college, is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
Rogers said she chose Benedict because she felt it would be a great opportunity for her to better herself for the present and the future.
Bulldogs fall to Titans in playoffs
The Thomson Bulldogs fell 43-13 to the Blessed Trinity Titans Friday in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at The Brickyard.
|The Thomson High School Bulldogs break through the run-through before the quarterfinal matchup.|
The Bulldogs, who finished the season at 10-2, scored on the opening drive of the game, but were stymied for most of the game.
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.
|Jacorey Crawford ran 65 yards for Thomson’s first touchdown.|
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.