Thomson offense explodes in romp

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THOMSON --- The Thomson Bulldogs found an extra gear Friday night that even surprised some of the faithful in The Brick-yard.

After a scoreless first quarter, Thomson exploded for 35 points in the second and put away Rich-mond Hill, 49-7.

"You know we grew up during the Statesboro game," said Thomson linebacker Lonnie Harris, referring to the Bulldogs' 17-14 loss to the Blue Devils last week. "We had to come out and show people that we weren't playing anymore."

Thomson halfback Dontavis Brown scored on the first play of the second quarter from 9 yards out. Four plays and a Richmond Hill fumble later, Thomson quarterback Brandon Turman scored on a 15-yard run. Fullback James Bonner kept the scoring frenzy alive when he punched it in from the 1 with 4:32 left in the quarter.

Defensive lineman Bronta-vious McNair set up Thomson's next score when he sacked Rich-mond Hill quarterback Matthew Williams for a 15-yard loss on third down. Turman found receiver Darius Eubanks down the left sideline for a 48-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds left in the quarter.

Richmond Hill (2-2) went to its hurry-up offense on its next drive and drove to the Thomson 1. Then the Thomson defense stepped up. Defensive end Anthony Moss picked up a fumble and rambled 99 yards for the score as time expired in the first half.

"It feels pretty good," Harris said of the defensive touchdown. "But our defense always steps it up more when we're playing in the region."

With a 35-0 lead and a running clock in the second half, Thomson's starting offense mounted a 67-yard, eight-play scoring drive to begin the third quarter. Harris' 60-yard punt return to the Wildcats' 10 set up Thomson's second string for a 2-yard touchdown keeper by Phillip Anderson with 5:04 remaining in the third.

Richmond Hill's lone score came on some tough running from tailback Zach Denny. He broke through Thomson's defense for consecutive runs of 23 and 21 yards and scored on a 5-yard run with just under a minute remaining in the third.

The game could have been more high-scoring for Thomson.

The Bulldogs lost a fumble on the 1-yard line to end a 12-play, 47-yard drive on their only first-quarter scoring opportunity.

THOMSON 49, RICHMOND HILL 7

PLAY OF THE GAME: Thomson quarterback Brandon Turman found an open Darius Eubanks for a 48-yard touchdown pass to put the Bulldogs up 28-0.


WHY THOMSON WON: Too much firepower on offense.


WHY RICHMOND HILL LOST: The Wildcats looked confused on defense, wondering which wing-T running back had the ball.


STAR OF THE GAME: Defensive end Anthony Moss picked up a Richmond Hill fumble and ran 99 yards for the score to cap a 35-point second quarter.


WHAT'S NEXT: Thomson (3-1) travels to Liberty County.


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