Saturday, August 16, 2008.
"This team right here, we've been together since the 8th grade so I think we're supposed to go deep into the playoffs. A state championship maybe," says senior Lonnie Harris.
A state championship is the ultimate goal for every high school football team. For Thomson this year, it is one they can reach. And if they do, it will be 6 years in the making.
That's because the last time Thomson has won the Georgia State championship was in 2002. Luther Welsh was the coach then and still is the coach now. In fact, it is the 53rd season for the coach. He has plenty of talent returning from last year's 9-win team but more importantly, he has seniors who are taking leadership roles and want to end their Bulldog careers the right way
"It's my last year and I want to put a ring on my finger," says senior Darius Eubanks. "I wanna go out with a bang. it's my last time in high school."
"You know, I never go into a season saying I'm going to win this many games or that many games," says Welsh. "I just always go from game to game and if they get a little better, you're going to continue to win. but our opponents now are porbably going to have something to do with it."
Thomson's opponents this year will be tough. The schedule includes the usual suspects such as Washington-Wilkes and Washington County but also includes last year's AA champion Buford, but coach Welsh knows in order to be the best, you have the beat the best.
"I'm sure they have a good football team and it may be a good eye-awakening for our people for how the game ought to be played. We ought to learn something from it," says Welsh.
The Bulldogs will have a young offensive line and secondary this season but coach isn't worried. He knows they will have to learn on the fly and be ready for the big game against Buford in week 8.