When Washington County football coach Joel Ingram sees his team’s schedule before the season, one specific school always stands out.
This year, Oct. 26 caught his attention: Thomson at Washington County. And this time it’s a battle of unbeatens.
“Anytime we play Thomson, it’s a big game, regardless of records,” Ingram said. “When we look at our schedule, we always identify them. But I don’t know if I would have drawn up us both at 8-0.”
This year, the game is a matchup of the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the Class AAA poll, with the Bulldogs the higher ranked bunch. But Washington County gets the showdown on its field.
While the Golden Hawks have a couple of close wins, they’ve usually routed overmatched foes.
Meanwhile, Thomson has climbed the poll behind close but impressive wins against well-regarded foes. Three dispatched teams are ranked: Class AAAA No. 3 Burke County, Class AAA No. 5 St. Pius X and Class AA No. 8 Greater Atlanta Christian.
Running back Chris Jordan has been the star, rushing for 1,481 yards, but all-around threat Torrie Battle also has starred.
As for Washington County, it isn’t bereft of quality wins, but it has been much more dominant, winning five of its games by at least 23 points. Quarterback William Walker has paced the offense, throwing for 1,070 yards and rushing for 648 more, and accounting for 21 touchdowns.
However, while the Golden Hawks have won three of the past four meetings, the one loss was a year ago in double overtime. Thomson leads the series 26-10.
“There’s just great anticipation here,” Ingram said. “This is why you coach and why you play. We tell our kids to enjoy it and seize the moment. This is what high school football is all about.”