More space and different formations have equaled more points – a bunch more.
Through four games, Thomson (4-0) has scored at least 45 points in every contest, averaging 51.3 points per game for the best four-game scoring run in program history, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association’s Web site.
The offense, which has received help from an opportunistic defense and the return game, gets some of its strength from keeping opponents unsure of what’s coming next.
“What you see on film last week you won’t see the rest of the year,” Bulldogs offensive coordinator Tucker Pruitt said.
Most of the damage has come on the ground, with a different player leading the Bulldogs in rushing each game.
Running backs Chris Jordan, Torrie Battle and Demarquis Lampkin have helped the powerful attack post almost 1,000 rushing yards, but quarterback Josh Jones has also been a threat.
Thomson head coach Milan Turner, who is in his first season as the Bulldogs’ coach, said Jones is the “glue,” and a player he wishes he could have another two or three seasons.
A senior, Jones rushed for a team-best 117 yards against Lakeside and has already accounted for 10 total touchdowns. Pruitt said Jones might even be the fastest player on the team, but Jones said he knew he would have to pass more this season as the Bulldogs went from a Wing-T offense to more of a spread-out-the-defense attack.
The change seems to be working. Thomson was averaging 22.3 points per game at this point last season.
Pruitt, who played at Fitzgerald High School and Valdosta State before coaching at Georgia Southern and Valdosta High School, said his offense is based around creating mismatches and putting playmakers in space.
“Obviously it’s night and day as far as complexities,” Pruitt said when comparing this season’s offense to last year’s offense. “We have more formations and we’re throwing more.”
But Pruitt hopes and expects even more from his offense. He said Thomson is completing less than 50 percent of its passes, and he wants that number to be at least 70 percent.
But the only numbers that matter in the end are the ones on the scoreboard.
Though the offense continues to put up big scoring totals, Pruitt doesn’t care how it gets them.
“If we have 100 yards or 500 yards, we just want to score more points than the other team,” Pruitt said.