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20-7. Thomson moved the ball slightly on their next drive, but the Toombs County Dogs recovered a loose ball at the Thomson 42-yard line. They went back to work, and Stanley found Sophomore Gavin Fletcher on a 36-yard completion to set up a 2-yard Stanley touchdown run with 3 minutes remaining in the half. This pushed the Toombs County lead to 27-7. Thomson managed to put a touchdown on the board with seconds remaining in the half and converted a two-point conversion, making the halftime score from the Brickyard, 27-15 in favor of Toombs County.
In the second half, the teams traded possessions. After a Toombs County punt, Thomson scored on a 52-yard touchdown run with 8:19 remaining in the 3rd quarter. With 3:29 remaining in the quarter, Toombs electrified the crowd with a 78-yard Stanley to Fletcher touchdown pass and catch, pushing the Toombs lead back up to 34-22.
On Thomson’s next drive, Mike Polke picked off a Thomson pass on their 40-yard line and then caught a 35-yard pass from Stanley on the next play. Two plays later, Junior Dabyn Wadley scooted behind the physical Toombs County offensive line for another Bulldog Touchdown. The 3rd quarter ended with Toombs on top, 41-22.
Thomson added a late score and a two-point conversion, but Cornelius Bullard scooped up an onside kick, giving Toombs the ball back with a few minutes left. The Bulldogs worked the clock down to 2:13 when Dietrich punted the ball back to Thomson on their own 1-yard line.
Toombs County held the defending AA State Champion Thomson Bulldogs and moves on to the Quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. Toombs County also has 11 wins for the first time since 2000.
This week, the Dogs are on the road again and will be traveling to Rockmart (10-2), who defeated Union County 5614 on Friday. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.