The Thomson Bulldogs defeated the Eagle’s Landing Eagles 35-0 at The Brickyard Friday night, improving to 2-0.
The game, where the Dogs held the Eagles (0-3) to 86 yards of total offense, was the second consecutive shutout.
“We did some things well, but we can’t get complacent,” said Thomson head coach Michael Youngblood.
“We got the football inside their territory several times, and our opportunities to score on field goal tries of 35 and 52 yards by John Joiner, but the attempts failed.
In the fourth quarter, scoring cooled as so did water when the field’s sprinkler system activated.
Neal Tam, director of administrative services for McDuffie County Schools, said with Hurricane Dorian coming in and the expectation of rain, the sprinklers had been cut off earlier in the week.
“When the rain did not come, we programmed the sprinklers to get some water on the field Thursday night,” Tam said. “We had ball games scheduled over there for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and since we were painting the field during the day, we were trying to get some water on the field after those ballgames. We simply forgot to cut the timer off of automatic from Thursday.”
Martin was 5-for-8 passing on the night for 84 yards and Dylan Hobbs led rushers with 55 yards on eight runs.
Dylan Hobbs and Skylar Lewis led the defense in tackles with 11 each – eight of those solo. Keshon Germany had nine tackles – including seven solo.
Players of the game were: defense, Skyler Lewis; offense, Kindarius Green; special teams, Ben Cushman; scout team, Quan Rogers; ninth grade, Dez Boyd; and most physical, Damon Arnette.
With the overwhelming win, Youngblood said the Dogs enjoyed the victory, but went to work Monday cleaning up things that Eagle’s Landing couldn’t take advantage of, but other teams – like Clarke-Central - could.
“We have to continue to keep plays in front of us,” he said. “We missed some open field tackles and I would like to see us get more turnovers, as that kills momentum another team might seek.”
Throughout the game, the Eagles came out in many formations on offense and defense.
“Our kids did a good job of adjusting on both sides of the ball and we were able to make adjustments to all the things they tried,” said Youngblood.
The coach said the visiting Gladiators (2-1) would bring the spread offense to Thomson.
“They’ve moved to the spread offense and like to get the ball to running back O'Brien Barnett,” Youngblood said. “They’ve got some good receivers and they are big up front. We will have to use our speed to offset their size.”
The coach said he would also like to see the Bulldogs put together some extended drives.
“I have not seen us just go down the field and drive the football,” said Youngblood. “We’ve hit some big plays and taken advantage of opportunities, and I want us to put together some longer drives.”
The Gladiators defeated Winder-Barrow 44-36, and Oconee County 28-21, before losing to Flowery Branch 38-0 last Friday night.
Game time is 7:30 p.m., and a Dog Walk will be held at The Brickyard at 5:45 p.m. The game will also feature recognition to recreation department players.