Thomson, Ga. (WJBF Sports) — “I’ve told people many times that football is important in a lot of places but here in Thomson, Georgia, football is a way of life,” Bulldogs coach Rob Ridings said at Wednesday afternoon’s practice inside The Brickyard.
The third-year head coach at Thomson has led the Bulldogs to their first state title appearance since 2002, and the football-crazy community is buzzing with excitement.
“The feeling is unreal,” Jacorey Crawford, a junior defensive back, said. “We’ve been dreaming about stuff like this since we was small, and the town, they’ve always been behind us, so it was only right that we made it. Now we just gotta win.”
The second-ranked Bulldogs are facing the top-ranked Class 4A team in Cartersville. Fittingly, it will likely be the Bulldogs toughest opponent this season, since Cartersville is riding a 29-game winning streak entering Saturday’s contest.
But Thomson isn’t putting too much emphasis on Cartersville. It’s focusing on playing its style of football and embracing this special moment.
“It’s just something you dream about as a kid and now you just get to do it,” junior offensive tackle Donovan Williams said. “[I’ve] been dreaming about going to the Dome since I was about three. And now, I’m here. It’s going to be live. It’s gonna be lit. We gonna be ready to go — jacked up and expect the whole city to be there.”
WJBF Sports will be there for coverage of Thomson’s 4A state title game with Cartersville. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome.