Prep Football: Bulldogs best Yellow Jackets in finale
A stable of five running backs led Thomasville to a definitive 21-7 win over Lexington on Friday night in the final game of the regular season at Philpott Stadium.
Akeem Davis scored a pair of touchdowns – one rushing and one receiving – in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs never looked back in a rout of their Central Carolina 2-A Conference foes.
Tyquan Anderson started the game at tailback for Thomasville before ceding the majority of meaningful carries to Davis, who burst through the line for a 9-yard run with 8:07 remaining in the opening frame for the Bulldogs’ first score. Davis revisited the end zone four minutes later when he caught a 15-yard pass from quarterback Jalen Jenkins. Defended by Sakeem McIntosh on the play, Davis snatched it away from McIntosh as he made a play on the ball.
Ja’hare Taylor Thomas, a diminutive freshman tailback, showed why coaches at Thomasville are excited about his potential. He made an exceptional play in the second quarter, dashing around the outside and dodging tacklers as he broke into the open field for an 18-yard TD run.
DJ Spann and Demoris Payne helped to keep the clock moving in the second half. Both had solid performances churning out tough yards between the tackles.
The Yellow Jackets (1-10, 1-4 CCC 2-A) put together a nice drive midway through the second quarter that was foiled by a backbreaking holding penalty inside the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line. Following the penalty, a sack took them out of field goal range and a pass on 4th-and-goal from the 25 fell harmlessly to the ground.
Lexington senior Raekwon Byrd ran for more than 100 yards and took the reins at quarterback late in the fourth quarter. He led the Yellow Jackets down the field on its only scoring drive, punching it into the end zone on a 1-yard run with three minutes remaining.
An inconsistent passing game was the only noticeable flaw for Thomasville, as it has been throughout this season. If Jenkins, who had little time to throw Friday, is able to produce another element to a one-dimensional offense and Thomas continues to emerge as a dynamic weapon, the Bulldogs could string together consecutive wins in the postseason.
Thomasville (5-6, 4-1 CCC) will learn who it will play in its first-round matchup when seedings and pairings are announced today.