Friday, August 18, 2017

Thomson Kicks Off 2017 Season with a Commanding Win at Laney

Marcus Cade signals a Thomson first down after a catch in the second quarter.

The 2017 high school sports season kicked off Friday when Thomson, last season's class AAAA state playoff runner up, ran through Laney 50-0 on the road, putting to rest any doubts that the Bulldogs are ready to make another strong run this year. Bubba Murray ran for two touchdowns on the first two possessions as he and Tyrek Braswell, who reached the end zone soon after Murray, carried the ball on nearly every play until deep into the second quarter.

Then the heralded defensive back Christian Tutt asserted himself, taking a hand off on a reverse and scoring on a 30 yard run after breaking multiple tackles to give Thomson a 28-0 second quarter lead. After another Thomson touchdown and safety made it 37-0, Tutt then set up another Bulldog score by returning a kick from near mid field to inside of Laney's five yard line. Tutt is the highest profile athlete in the area, having received scholarship offers from Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, and Nebraska, to name a few.

Tutt ran for a 30 yard touchdown and returned a kick inside the 5 on his two touches Friday.

It wasn't easy to learn the names of all the Bulldogs who made big plays, so forgive me if I make mistakes! Adding to the three named already, you'll also see in the highlight video (above) JaCorey Crawford, who made a bone crushing hit in the first quarter and an interception in the second. I was told Crawford has offers from Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Liberty, and Samford. And Marcus Cade caught two deep passes from quarterback Mills Ridings in the second quarter.

JaCorey Crawford grabbed an interception in the second quarter of Friday's win.

I hope I can make the time to follow high school football this season like I do basketball. I know I started in the right place tonight by seeing the area's best player and probably its best team.

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