Thomasville strikes early, finishes strong to beat ‘Dawgs

Bulldogs defense knocks the ball free in action against the Tigers of Thomasville. (Photo by Johnny Autery)

Bulldogs defense knocks the ball free in action against the Tigers of
Thomasville. (Photo by Johnny Autery)

By JEREMY SELLERS

SWEET WATER—While many high school teams were playing week one jamborees, the Sweet Water Bulldogs and Thomasville Tigers got their season underway by renewing their regular season rivalry.

Thomasville proved to not have much trouble as they went on to knock off the Bulldogs 34-6 on a rainy night at Nolan Atkins Stadium.

“They beat us in every aspect of the game,” Coach Pat Thompson said following the loss.

Thomasville got on the board early when Byran Hosea punched it in from nine yards out. The extra point by Darrion Nevils was good to give the Tigers the early 7-0 advantage.

At the 5:58 mark in the first quarter, the Tigers struck for the second time in the first quarter. Quarterback Chadwick Bryant found Hosea for a 24-yard hookup. Nevils nailed his second extra point of the game to give Thomasville a 14-0 lead.

With just under 30 seconds left in the first quarter, Thomasville tacked on to their lead. Jacquez Ausbon scored from eight yards out and Nevils hit his third extra point to extend the lead to 21-0.

Sweet Water RB Eric Jenkins (21) streaks to the outside for 1st down yardage against Thomasville (Photo by Johnny Autery)

Sweet Water RB Eric Jenkins (21) streaks to the outside for 1st down yardage against Thomasville (Photo by Johnny Autery)

Sweet Water got on the board at the 10:59 mark in the second quarter when Branson Davis connected with Will Huckabee for a 23 yard touchdown play on 4th down and six. The extra point failed, leaving the score at 21-6 in favor of Thomasville.

Hosea added his third touchdown of the game for Thomasville on a 28 yard run up the middle at the 5:09 mark in the second quarter. Nevils converted his fourth extra point of the game to give Thomasville their biggest lead of the game at 28-6.

The Tigers added one more score in the second half to give them a 34-6 lead at the 5:40 mark in the third quarter. Hosea was the ball carrier on the two yard punch in.

“We will come back out Monday and practice hard,” Thompson said. “We have to get ready for region play and we have a lot of work to do.”

Sweet Water (0-1, 0-0) has a bye week next week before hosting St. Luke’s the following week. Thomasville (1-0, 0-0) will play host to Coach Stacy Luker and the Demopolis Tigers.