Bulldogs Damon Arnette, left, and Cosmos Kendrick listen to offensive coach Voncellies Allen during the North Augusta, S.C. game.

The Thomson Bulldogs had an open date last Friday night, which gave the team extra time to prepare for a battle against the Class 5A Eagles of Eagles Landing.

Last year, the Bulldogs grounded the Eagles 54-18 in McDonough.

While Hurricane Dorian is causing some concerns, Michael Youngblood, THS head coach, said school officials are keeping an eye on the situation as far as Friday night’s game at The Brickyard.

At presstime, Dorian was expected to be well north and east of the CSRA by Friday.

Regardless, Thomson is preparing for a flock of 0-2 Eagles that will present a varied attack against the Bulldogs, who won their opening game 26-0 over North Augusta, South Carolina.

“We played pretty well against North Augusta,” said Youngblood. “Now, we’ve got a Class 5A team that we have to prepare for with their size and intensity.”

The coach said he had to remind players and other coaches that this year is not last year.

“We have to stay hungry,” Youngblood reminded. “We can’t look at our one game this year and say we’ve made it. Of course we’re glad to be 1-0, but what can we do not to get to 2-0.”

The Eagles’ two losses have come to Class 7-A Rockdale County, 23-12, and Class 6-A Douglas County, 26-7.

“They will run the spread and wishbone on offense and the 3-4 on defense and shift out of that,” the coach said. “We just won’t know what they will do sometimes. We will have to do a great job in our preparation by playing harder and faster, and be more physical.”

The Bulldogs find themselves ranked No. 10 in Class AAAA by Georgia High School Football Daily.

“It was one of those things where no one is paying attention to you,” Youngblood said. “Then, you win a game that no one really gave you a chance to win. That recognition goes to the hard work of the kids and coaches. We want to be ranked and a team that is talked about, but we still have to perform every Friday night like we are the underdog.”

Game time is 7:30 p.m., and there will be a Dog Walk at 5:45 p.m. at the stadium.

Players of the game against North Augusta, South Carolina were: Offense – sophomore DB/WR Tay Martin; Defense – DB/WR Ethan Hagans; Special Teams: junior OLB/WR Kenyatta Champion.

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