Thomson rallies to beat Burke County

Thomson 21, Burke County 14

WAYNESBORO, Ga. — Thomson was down two scores to Burke County again, but coach Milan Turner knew it wasn’t time to panic. It was time to fight back.


The Bulldogs shut down the Burke County offense for the final three quarters and charged ahead behind tough running back Chris Jordan in a 21-14 victory Friday night at Burke County. The win ended the Bulldogs’ four-game losing streak to the Bears and also ended 2011 Class AAA state champion Burke County’s 12-game win streak.

“I love my kids,” Turner said. “They’re my family. They’re just like my own children. I love them with all my heart. I’ve coached in five state championships and won two, and I’ve never been more proud of a group of kids than this group here tonight.”

Though the 14-0 score hinted at another Thomson defeat in this series – Burke County beat the Bulldogs in the Region 3-AAA championship game in each the previous two seasons – Thomson patiently kept running its offense.

After Bears quarterback Donquell Green found the end zone twice by capitalizing on short fields, Thomson made it a game. Jordan Davis made a great touchdown catch for the Bulldogs.

Chris Jordan, Torrie Battle and Quay Cummings all had at least 30 rushing yards in the first half. Jordan led the way with his 86 yards. He got 62 of those on a perfectly-executed option play when quarterback Chris Tutt gained some yards and pitched to Jordan, who by then was at about full speed. The Bulldogs scored 21 points in a row.

“We got to get better,” Bears coach Eric Parker said. “We got to get that fire in the belly.”

Thomson’s defense held Burke County to fewer than 250 yards in the game. Green ran for 160 yards, but penalties and Thomson’s clutch defense kept the score the same for the final two quarters.

“I told them, ‘You only get so many opportunities in a lifetime for greatness. And a lot of people let those slip by, for whatever reason,’ ” Turner said. “And I said, ‘Tonight is an opportunity for you to do something great, something you’ll talk to each other about 20, 30 years from now.’ I said, ‘Don’t wait on it to come to you, go take it. Go make it happen. And that’s what they did.”


PLAY OF THE GAME: Thomson quarterback Chris Tutt got some yards on the ground and then gave it to Chris Jordan on the option. Jordan took it the rest of the way on a 62-yard touchdown run.

STAR OF THE GAME: Jordan rushed for 165 yards and helped the Bulldogs’ ground attack shorten the game in the second half.

WHY THOMSON WON: The Bulldogs’ defense was strong all evening and the offense exploded in the second quarter.

WHY BURKE COUNTY LOST: The Bears’ offense struggled with penalties and the defense couldn’t stop Thomson’s rushers.

NEXT: Lakeside at Thomson, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7; Hephzibah at Burke County, 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7.


Thomson 0 21 0 0 – 21

Burke County 14 0 0 0 – 14

First Quarter

BC-Donquell Green 10 run (Untorrey Thomas kick), 5:49

BC-Green 27 run (Thomas kick), 2:09

Second Quarter

T-Torrie Battle 27 run (Jared Williams kick), 9:56

T-Jordan Davis 15 pass from Chris Tutt (Williams kick), 3:30

T-Chris Jordan 62 run (Williams kick), 1:11

First Downs1511
Passing Yards5044


RUSHING–Thomson: Chris Jordan 27-165, Quay Cummings 5-54, Torrie Battle 8-43, Gelyam Parker 3-11, William Bussey 1-0, Felton Hatcher 1-0, Chris Tutt 1-(-2); Burke County: Donquell Green 21-160, Antonio Harold 3-16, Malik Lee 5-14, Kristopher Skinner 1-11, Keviuan Crumbley 1-4, Tom Ellison 1-3, Reginald Grubbs 5-2, Dimitri Butts 1-1, Jawone Bennett 1-0.

PASSING–Thomson: Tutt 5-8-0 50; Burke County: Green 5-11-0 44.

RECEIVING–Thomson: Kelly 2-19, Davis 1-15, Jordan 1-9, Battle 1-7; Burke County: Ellison 2-25, Grubbs 2-10, Jay’Montrez Henderson 1-9.