Prep Football: Thomasville impressive in shutout of East
The city of Thomasville all but shut down Friday night when East Davidson hosted the Bulldogs with what seemed like half the city’s population filling both stands at East Davidson Community Stadium.
During the game, it was the Golden Eagles' offense that was shut down. Thomasville dismissed the hoopla of the week leading up to the Chair City showdown and easily dispatched East, 28-0.
“We knew that they were coming in feeling good and their intensity was really going to be up,” Bulldogs assistant coach Dickie Cline said. “We tried to make them aware we had to match their intensity. We’re proud of the way we played tonight.”
An opportunistic Bulldogs defense set the tone, intercepting Austin Wallace three times on the night. Wallace completed just five passes, and the Bulldogs did not allow the East running game to make any headway against their stout defensive front. The Eagles tallied just 24 rushing yards.
“I thought they played fantastic tonight,” East coach Vance Hanner said. “We had a chance to hit them with some pass plays early we worked on and just did not execute.”
Wallace’s first interception came with 7:43 remaining in the first quarter when Ja’hare Thomas picked off an errant pass and returned it to the Eagles’ 38 yard line. Despite the early miscue, East’s bend-but-don’t-break defense stonewalled the Bulldog running game on its side of midfield.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, a three-and-out on the ensuing possession gave Thomasville the ball back on its side of the 50. This time, Thomasville tailback Demoris Payne scored on an 11-yard TD run with 3:13 to go in the period to put his team up 7-0.
The Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter thanks to the heads-up play of quarterback Jalen Jenkins. He extended the Bulldogs’ second scoring drive, evading a sack by completing a pass to Akeem Davis for a loss of one yard.
Instead of losing about 10 on the play, the short loss set up 3rd-and-4. A few plays after converting third down, DJ Spann scored on an 8-yard TD run with 8:08 to go in the second.
Thomasville defensive lineman Zack Anderson kept the momentum rolling on East’s next possession, as he forced and recovered a fumble at the Eagles’ 46 yard line. Payne made the score 21-0 on a 1-yard run with 5:49 until halftime. Following a 20-yard carry by Christian Young that brought the ball to the 5, Davis stretched the Thomasville lead to four scores on a 5-yard run with less than a minute until the break.
Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.