PLAYOFFS: THS destroys Lincolnton, 55-14
Thomasville failed to score on Lincolnton last year. Friday night they couldn’t stop.
The Bulldogs had the game well in hand during the third quarter, blistering the Wolves 55-14 in the second round of the NCHSAA 2-A state playoffs. Gabe Brockett kept his remarkable play of late going, rolling up 355 rushing yards and four scores. Thomasville fans got a glimpse of the future as well, watching freshman tailback T.J. Mitchell rush for 121 yards and three touchdowns.
“We felt if we marked them good and got all of our assignments right that we could move the football on them,” said THS assistant coach Dickie Cline. “I think we wore them down a little bit and tonight was very rewarding.”
Brockett put the Bulldogs out front on the opening drive, taking the draw handoff 52 yards to the house.
Seven minutes later, LHS tied the score when quarterback Jordan Easter faked the handoff, breaking one tackle before scoring.
Thomasville pretty much had things under control from there. Brockett quickly broke the 100-yard plateau with 1:56 left first quarter, cutting to the outside and racing 53 yards to the end zone.
With the focus on Brockett, the THS coaching staff opened up the playbook to get others involved. Ike Marsh faked a pitch and rolled right, diving to the pylon for six more Thomasville points early second quarter.
Next possession, the Bulldogs lured the Lincolnton defense to sleep with three straight Brockett runs. On the fourth snap, Mitchell shot through the middle and was not touched, putting THS ahead 28-7.
“We use him at fullback but he is really a tailback,” Cline said of Mitchell. “He plays so hard and of course the offensive line did a great job.”
Lincolnton trimmed the deficit back down to two possessions at the half, but the offense of the Bulldogs was too much for them to handle.
Mitchell scored on consecutive trips in the third quarter, while Brockett scored twice more after that to put an exclamation point on the victory.
“It feels great to win,” said Mitchell. “The O-line was blocking good for us tonight. I cannot explain how it feels right now.”
Lincolnton — who knocked Thomasville out of the playoffs last season in a 26-0 shutout — end the year at 7-6.
“We were healthy this year unlike last year,” said Cline. “It was a team effort and we are tickled to death we still have a chance to play.”
Notes: Thomasville (6-7) plays the East Lincoln/Starmount winner next week ... Dezmond Wilson blocked a punt and Akeem Davis had a fumble recovery.