When Dan Ivey and the rest of his Thomson teammates read trash talk on the Internet on Monday, they were enraged.
The Bulldogs couldn't run the ball, and the senior quarterback couldn't throw it. Defense? Thomson couldn't play any defense.
Thomson coaches printed the smack talk and posted it in the locker room.
"(Lakeside) talked too much," Ivey said. "We had to punch them in the mouth."
Class AAAA defending state champion Thomson racked up 539 yards of total offense, delivered the knockout blow in the first half and routed the Panthers 56-0 in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Panther Field on Friday night.
The ninth-ranked Bulldogs (3-1, 2-0 Region 3-AAAA) showed a dazzling display of speed and strength in their first road contest of the season. Thomson befuddled Lakeside with misdirection plays, gaining 418 rushing yards on 49 carries with 11 players.
Ricky Hill led the way with 106 yards on three carries. He also caught two passes for 68 yards and scored three touchdowns. Stanquan Rogers rushed one time for a 75-yard touchdown. Ivey passed for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
"The line deserves a lot of credit," Hill said. "If it wasn't for them, we couldn't run the ball."
Lakeside (3-1, 1-1 Region 3AAAA), with its triple-option attack that had scored 30 or more points in three contests, couldn't run the ball. Thomson held the Panthers to 61 yards on 32 carries. Lakeside quarterback Jimmy Johnson completed five of 13 passes for 29 yards.
"I thought tonight was the best our defense has played since the first game with Hart County," Thomson coach Luther Welsh said. "When the ball was snapped, they went after the football."
Thomson dominated the first half by lulling Lakeside's defense to sleep with the run. On their opening drive, the Bulldogs ran four consecutive rushing plays to move into Panthers territory. When Lakeside put eight men in the box on second-and-6, Ivey found a wide-open Ricky Hill for a 40-yard touchdown.
Up 12-0, Thomson marched down to the Lakeside 26. On third-and-8, Ivey connected with a wide-open Durrell Jackson for a touchdown. Hill added a two-point run to push the lead to 20 with 11:50 left in the second quarter.
Thomson never punted the ball, because its offense was never stopped. Lakeside had one chance to halt the Bulldogs, but committed a 5-yard illegal substitution penalty on fourth-and-11. On the next play, Ivey faked a handoff to Antwan Johnson and gave the ball to Hill. Breaking through the line, Hill rambled down the sideline for the score. Thomson led 35-0 just before halftime.
THOMSON 56, LAKESIDE 0
Thomson 12 23 14 7-56
Lakeside 0 0 0 0-0
TH-Ricky Hill 40 pass from Dan Ivey (kick failed), 10:06
TH-Antwan Johnson 3 run (pass failed), 4:18
TH-Durrell Jackson 26 pass from Ivey (Johnson run), 11:50
TH-Ricky Hill 69 run ill run), 8:26
TH-Hill 36 run (Justin Martin kick), 3:15
TH-Stanquan Rogers 75 run (Martin kick), 8:38
TH-Roger Jones 24 run (Martin kick), 1:44
TH-Brian Hobbs 9 run (Marin kick), 2:27
First Downs 175
Passing Yards 12129
RUSHING-Thomson: Demarcus Wilson 11-46, Brian Hobbs 7-56, Antwan Johnson 7-46, Roger Jones 6-34, Clifton Belton 5-12, Dan Ivey 4-(-7), Ricky Hill 3-106, Zach Grant 2-34, Tim McCord 2-14, Stanquan Rogers 1-75, Dimarco Drake 1-2. Lakeside: Carl Burrow 15-47, Jimmy Johnson 7-(-1), Tosin Fawibe 5-12, Damien Conrad-Davis 3-7, Philip Sadler 2-(-4).
PASSING-Thomson: Dan Ivey 4-6-0 121. Lakeside: Jimmy Johnson 5-13-0 29.
RECEIVING-Thomson: Ricky Hill 2-68, Demarcus Wilson 1-27, Durrell Jackson 1-26. Lakeside: Carl Burrow 2-15, Damien Conrad-Davis 2-6, Tosin Fawibe 1-8.
Reach Chris Gay at (706) 868-1222, ext. 114.