The Thomson Bulldogs celebrated Senior Night Friday night with a 28-7 win over the Richmond Academy Musketeers.
The win means the Dogs, 5-5, 3-1, will host the Hardaway Hawks in the first round of the GHSA State Playoffs this Friday night.
It didn’t take the Bulldogs, who were favored by 26 points, to get on the scoreboard. After taking the opening kickoff, Thomson got a first down and then Tay Martin blew through the Musketeers for 1 61-yard TD run.
The first time Richmond got the ball, the THS defense put the stops on. On a 4th-and 20 play, Skyler Lewis recovered a fumbled punt try and a touchdown.
The Musketeers scored their on points of the night on a 2-yard run by Marcus Freeman toward the end of the first quarter.
Richmond’s struggles continued offensively when two minutes remained in the first half. The Dogs’ defense shined bright again, and Rodney Lazenby fell on the ball for a THS touchdown.
With close to eight minutes left in the half Ky’Juan Cummings got loose on an 18-yard run for 6.
John Joiner made the extra-point as he did all night.
Martin ended the night with 117 of THS’ 266 yards of total offense.
Michael Youngblood THS head coach said the Dogs had more opportunities. An erratic penalty-calling style by referees drew incredible ire from Bulldog fans, THS coaches, and Thomson players.
The two teams were whistled 23 times for 199 yards with the Dogs being penalized 15 times for 163 yards.
“We did good things on both sides of the ball,’ said Youngblood. ‘This week, we’ve got to get all the bad out of our system because this is the playoffs.”
The Hardaway Hawks are 7-3 and 5-4 in Class AAAA-Region 1.
“They’ve got talent on both sides of the ball,” the THS coach said.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. this Friday, and the Dog Walk starts at 5:45 at its usual location.