Thomson proves it is the real deal

A lot was learned about the No. 2 Thomson Bulldogs on Friday night. Coach Milan Turner’s team proved itself as a worthy contender for the state title by going into Sandersville and beating No. 3 Washington County 28-14 at the House of Pain.

The biggest pain for the Golden Hawks turned out to be Thomson running back Chris Jordan. Playing on one good leg, Jordan rushed for 187 yards and scored four touchdowns. He now has 1,678 yards and 18 touchdowns.

But it was Thomson’s defense that saved the day. The Bulldogs forced Washington County into two costly turnovers in the second half. And Waco hurt itself with a penalty that negated a long kickoff return that would have been a touchdown.

Washington County’s William Walker lived up to his end of the deal. The quarterback rushed for 141 yards and threw for 194 yards, but had a very costly fumble.

The win secures the Region 3-AAA championship for Thomson, which has next week off before finishing against Jefferson County.

Woodward Academy 20, St. Pius 14: The No. 10 War Eagles will be moving up the rankings this week after beating the No. 5 Golden Lions. The game was tied at 14-14 and appeared to be heading for overtime when Woodward (7-2)drove for the winning score with less than two minutes remaining. Quarterback Terry Googer picked up a pair of key third-down conversions with a run and then connected with Conor Pilch for a 39-yard touchdown. Googer threw for 126 yards and rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown. St. Pius (6-2) gained 356 yards, but was unable to overcome five lost fumbles in the game.

The outcome throws Region 6-AAA into a tizzy. Woodward could clinch a share of first place next week if it beats Cedar Grove. The other key game matches No. 8 Blessed Trinity at St. Pius. If BT wins, it would take first place because of an earlier win over Woodward; however the Titans still have to play dangerous Cedar Grove. If Pius wins, the title would go to Woodward, if the War Eagles win their game.

Peach County 24, Pike County 14: No. 1 Peach (8-0) got all it could handle from Pike. Quarterback Greg Williams threw for 115 yards and one touchdowns and Nicholas Searcy carried 18 times for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Buford 51, Fannin County 0: The No. 4 Wolves took out a little forfeit frustration on the outmanned Rebels. Buford (5-3) scored on every possession of the first half in rolling to a 44-0 lead. Three times the Wolves scored on the first play of the drive.

North Hall 48, West Hall 10: North Hall improved to 7-1 and possible inclusion in the state rankings with a easy win. Zac Little ran for 146 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead an offense that generated 420 rushing yards.

North Oconee 57, East Jackson 0: The No. 9 Titans (7-1) got 111 yards passing and two touchdowns from Nick Colvin, who also caught a pair of TDs from Tate Adcock. Kawon Bryant rushed for 90 yards and one score on just five carries.

Hart County 6, Elbert County 0: The Bulldogs went to the Granite Bowl and blanked their old rivals. The win gives Hart County (5-3) a four-game winning streak and keeps the Dogs tied for first place in Region 8 with North Oconee, its opponent in the final game of the season.

Pierce County 35, Savannah 14: The victory enabled Pierce (8-1) to clinch the Region 1-AAA championship.

Southwest Macon 34, Henry County 6: Jadarious Meadows rushed for 121 yards and one touchdown and Darrell rushed for 110 yards and one touchdown to lead the Patriots (2-7), who broke a five-game losing streak.

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T Town

October 27th, 2012
5:55 am

Mr. Stan… No disrespect but what’s up with this headline: “THOMSON PROVES IT IS THE REAL DEAL”! With the toughest schedule in AAA and previous wins (although close) over teams such as Burke County, St. Pius, Lagrange, Westminster, and GAC, THOMSON HAS ALREADY PROVED IT IS THE REAL DEAL!! GO DOGS!!

Max Sizemore

October 27th, 2012
9:05 am

Mr. Stan, I guess you can’t win, whatever you write.

Bulldog Fan

October 27th, 2012
9:09 am

My hat goes off to WACO for and outstanding game, but WACO touchdown that was called back for holding that was not the only thing that done wrong on that play so dont make it seem like that was a big penality. Also THOMSON HAD A TOUCHDOWN THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED! Like a said in my blog yeserday responding to SON OF WACO! be very careful for what you wish for. Thomson doesnt have to beat everyone by four touchdowns. WACO was not use to playing a good football team.

Bulldog Fan

October 27th, 2012
9:18 am

Also Willam Walker of WACO YOU DID JUST LIKE YOU DID LAST YEAR, YOU CANT BEAT THOMSON BY YOUSELF. That why he couldnt get anyone else involved in the game. That is another reason why WACO GOT BEAT. Yeah Walker had a good game, but WACO didnt score anything the second half. Thomson CHRIS JORDAN DESTROYED WACO WEAK DEFENSE! WACO NEEDS TO CHANGE THEIR STADIUM NAME FROM HOUSE OF PAIN TO BULLDOGS HOME OF T THOWN GO DOGS RUFF RUFF!!!!

Trojan Sailor

October 27th, 2012
9:26 am

Good point, T Town! The top teams in AAA have sought and played tougher games than many of the top teams in other classifications. Thomson is the leader of the pack in AAA when it comes to tough schedules. Their new coach has done a great job continuing what Coach Welsh had established. That was a great game, but as much as I’d LOVE to see a rematch in the playoffs between these two, I’d much rather see Peach Co. win its 4th state title in 8 years. Go Trojans!

ST PIUS

October 27th, 2012
10:44 am

Peach Co. won’t be winning any state title in GHSA AAA 20212. Thomson will roll Peach Co. if Peach can survive long enough to make it to the semi finals. Peach will get beat at home and all that duel threat offensive power will prove a sham. Like mighty Peach, WACO had a big time duel treat offense that was unstoppable until last night. Peach is over rated and has played nobody other than a Warner Robins team that will get drilled by Northside soon enough.

T-Town Glory

October 27th, 2012
10:47 am

GO THOMSON!!!! Personally, I think the entire region of 3-AAA will prove itself worthy in the playoffs. Pretty much all of our teams are battle tested and far better than what their record may indicate. I wouldnt be surprise if Peach County has a close game against our #4 seed even if they do have 4 or so losses. BUT NO DOUBT THOMSON IS THE BEST TEAM AND HAS THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE IN ALL OF AAA. GOOOOO DOGS!!!!

Son of waco

October 27th, 2012
11:56 am

I like how Thomson fans say our qb was doing it by himself when who else scored a TD for y’all…The kid is great but what else you got on offense….You say a dropped pass could have been a TD bro it was the Wr fault he dropped the ball it wasn’t the kickoff returner fault that a few of our players held on his TD run….The Fumble that really wasn’t was what hurt us when we was driving to go up 21-7…If you was at the game you would have notice that our qb was running read option and y’all was going after the Rb’s so yes he made the correct read and kept the ball and ran come-on y’all it’s a simple read….Someone had to catch them 194 yrd passes and not drop them like……….we didn’t pass early as much as i thought we would so that hurt me because we left screens in the playbook and man one fire pass play off the speed sweep would have killed y’all but hey we humbled and all respect to #24….For anyone to call our schedule weak or sub par don’t know football…

Son of waco

October 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Waco fans have seen us try to ride one back to the state title all of the 2000’s and it never worked out for us, but y’all got to get that qb to look at his wr before he throw the pass and also get them play action plays more efficient, because with that beast at Rb a defense will have to commit 8 or 9 to stop him….@St pius peach has played northside WR too and will play carver Columbus to end the year….Any middle Ga school know peach is to be respected even if you think they down because they a winning program that always got talent and sound coaching….

Bulldog Fan

October 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

SON OF WACO THOMSON 28 WACO 14 ENOUGH SAID ENOUGH SAID GO DOGS !!!!

An you know it

October 27th, 2012
12:19 pm

Stop all the CHITT CHATTER good game see ya in DA play offs. Maybe the BRICKYARD maybe the DOME we will bring the PAIN. GO WACO

Bulldog Fan

October 27th, 2012
12:32 pm

HOUSE OF PAIN? MORE LIKE HOUSE OF LAME!!! GO DOGS RUFF RUFF RUFF!!!!

ST PIUS

October 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

WACO doesn’t have the overall talent to play with Thomson. That is why Thomson busted WACO up at their small stadium the last 2 years in a row. Son of WACO, i couldn’t understand much of what you wrote there. Maybe you should consider taking a basic english class?

T-Town Glory

October 27th, 2012
2:52 pm

SON OF WACO…Quit making excuses! You got beat and Check the playoff brackets because You guys will have to play PEACH Co. before we do!!! 28-14 at the HOUSE OF PAIN!!! GO DOGS!!

kidsballcoach

October 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Cedar Grove coming off a down week will be more than WA can handle. Especially if they are not playing with the WA Ref squad. WA was used up last night and will not be able to handle Cedar Grove.

Son of waco

October 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

TTown what excuses…dude said what he thought could have happen with them dropped passes, i said what i thought if we went up 21-7….What bracket you looking at because the one i saw looks like y’all will be on the same side as peach, but at least y’all will now see st pius again in the 3rd round after they loss last night….@St.Pius yeah i could have proof read better before i hit send, but it still don’t take nothing away from you not knowing what you’re talking about towards peach…Also our stadium held 4600 last night so i doubt its a small stadium but no worries we got the second half of our stadium renovation to go that will install new stands and a press box…

T-Town Glory

October 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

But WACO….your statements are full of “what ifs” instead of what really happened! Accept the reality that the better team won last night…..THOMSON!

Donald New

October 27th, 2012
5:02 pm

Thomson Bulldogs have many young players and have been blessed this year.THS has come from behind in every game. Miracles will happen if you work hard and never give up.

T Town

October 27th, 2012
5:09 pm

Appreciate the respect Trojan Sailor!

As for you Son of WACO, please stop! You are embarassing yourself! I agree with T-Town Glory. There are excuses, “what ifs”, and “we should have done this” in your posts! If WACO sures up their defense, they make a deep run in playoffs! If not, Walker and that offense is going to have to outscore everyone! That’s not a good formula for success! Look just continue to give Thomson their props, as you have done, and just move on! GO DOGS!!

T Town

October 27th, 2012
6:09 pm

Son of WACO… Did you call MAX PREPS and told them that WACO beat Thomson 14-7? For some odd reason they have the final score 14-7 WACO! Somebody needs to let them know that there are two halves in football and them DOGS won 28-14! Hey Mr. Stan Awtrey can you help us out and tell them haters at MAX PREPS what the real final score was at the end of game? Lol… Go DOGS!!

Son of waco

October 28th, 2012
12:24 am

Still don’t get how our defense is weak….I mean i know they let one guy run for 200 yrds but besides that one big run we made him and y’all earn everything y’all got….For Thomson to think their defense is way better than ours is crazy…Both teams defense allow 20 points per game, so please get your facts straight………….

PCHS 85

October 28th, 2012
1:30 am

@st pius…a lot of talk from a school fresh off a loss. As far as Peach Co. being overated, a team with as many championships as we have will always get the benefit of the doubt while undefeated. You mention our win over Warner Robins kind of lightly…they are the 7-1 Warner Robins of AAAAA. Enough said.

T Town

October 28th, 2012
5:29 am

ROAD WARRIORS: Thomson started its season by quieting the usually potent Burke County offense in Waynesboro. This week, it kept Washington County in check.

In a game that featured two undefeated teams, the Bulldogs allowed only 14 points in Sandersville. Before the game, the Golden Hawks were averaging 45.5 points per game.

This is from the Augusta Chronicle… Enough said!!

T Town

October 28th, 2012
5:55 am

Son of WACO… Let’s keep it real! You based too much of your smack talk on Thomson’s close games! Part of that was the level of competition, while the other part was Thomson playing to the level of competition (which I admit is not always a good thing especially during playoff season)! That’s why all us Thomson fans knew coming into the WACO game them boys were coming to play, and the WACO fans, especially you, were in for a surprise! I’m sure most of you are still in disbelief today! And please continue to believe that we are a one back offense because you will be in for another surprise! When the train is chugging as he did against WACO and has been doing all season, there is no need to utilize the other weapons as much! Trust if the train has an off-night, we have other weapons in that backfield to utilize! I hope other teams have that same attitude as you and underestimate our other weapons! T Town out! GO DOGS!!

Son of waco

October 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

The playoffs will speak for them self……We made our name when the lights were on us, can y’all because everyone is now watching….You say y’all got more weapons, but Thomson had to take the boot off your star Rb just to beat dodge…..You say i have no right to question your other weapons, i mean i saw in person wide receivers drop wide open balls and a Qb who was so scared he threw balls before he saw the Wr on fade routs…You ask why max prep and other still didn’t believe in y’all, maybe because even they don’t go back to the good ol’ days when Thomson must have dominated when the Internet was a thought…Most folks first look at state wide teams was when they started airing the semi finals dome games on GPb TV and we have made enough appearances on their(AT LEAST 10) to be a program known and respected state wide…

ttown1995

October 28th, 2012
12:52 pm

Can Chris Jordan now get mentioned in Georgia Player or the Year talks? If there is a kid having a better year than CJ, please share him with me. If CJ was in or close to Atlanta he would be an All American. Remember, he is putting up big numbers against the toughest schedule in AAA.

Leon30824

October 28th, 2012
1:04 pm

I was at the thomson and washington county game and what i saw was two rivals teams going at it ,washington county gave thomson all they could handle the first half,but the second belong to thomson i notice that everyone is talking about the C-Train (Chris Jordan) he is a beast and thomson use him just like the cowboys use emmit smith but thy also have other weapons too dont forget about number 20 and number 32 for thomson and to mention number 25 either one of these with their speed could prove to be devastating for any team so yall don’t think that thomson is with only one running back

An you know it

October 28th, 2012
2:47 pm

Enough said DODGE CO. on radar. GO WACO

T-TOWN1977

October 29th, 2012
8:21 am

I was stationed overseas during the “DOGS” last two State Championship runs,but I’m home this time and look forward to following the “DOGS” all the way to the “AAA-State Championship”
“HOW BOUT THEM THOMSON BULLDOGS,KICK’N A AND TAKIN NAMES”!

DreadHead5

October 29th, 2012
9:39 am

THOMSON GOOD BUT THEY AINT GOIN ALL DA WA

DreadHead5

October 29th, 2012
9:43 am

YEA YALL BEAT BURKE COUNTY BUT THE COACHES N PENALTIES LOST IT FOR BC THEY JUMPED OUT 14PTS QUICK BUT DUMB COACHES DIDNT GO AHEAD N FINISH YALL YALL WON BUT NOT WHEN IT COUNTED FOR REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS!! GOOD VICTORY BUT YALL GOT LUCKY..

Big Fan

October 29th, 2012
10:10 am

Son of Waco..you need to stop spewing venom. It hurts your team and the coaching staff. Do you think it’s possible that an opposing team may put your rants of guaranteed big wins against Thomson on the bulletin board for their players? Washington County is a good team but you lost to a better team. Stop hurting the players and coaches.

T-Town Glory

October 29th, 2012
12:53 pm

Hey Dread Head 5…..Coaching and Penalties are apart of the game. The moral of the game between Thomson and Burke County was you guys being defending state champions thought it was going to be a cake walk. Burke County is a great team but we caught you guys “with your pants down.” THOMSON IS THE REAL DEAL THIS YEAR!!! We beat you guys fair and square and probably could beat most (BC, Statesboro, etc) of your AAAA region. Get over it! GO DOGS!!!

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

October 30th, 2012
8:13 am

It is apparent that St. Pius is not from that school. Why in the heck would you be taking shots at PCHS. You can’t handle you own business. And your so call AAA 1st team jr DB/RB UGA commit didnt play again. UGA needs to look into that. Makes no sense at all so folks that person is yanking your chain. They (StP) have bigger problems now like if they lose again they have to play Buford 1st round. Hey sometimes its good to have your equipment put away after the 2nd week in Nov, not much wear and tear on it. Buford will see to that!
@kidsballcoach watching the web cast Woodward vs St Pius 1st thing WA play by play much better than the rookies at St. Pius. You do need to worry about the refs terrible spots everyone did favor the home team. Good luck Cedar Grove make Dekalb proud !

punk

October 30th, 2012
10:21 am

kidsballcoach really is a very sore loser. Blame it on the refs if you will, but no ref was trying to cover Mr. Pilch as he streaked down the sideline for a TD with THREE pius defenders in the dust. Nice try though.
Plus, we missed two field goals and had a controversial TD overturned.