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Dogfights spill onto football fields

Lakeside, Evans feel Bulldogs' bite, but visiting Greenbrier makes Butler howl

Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Three Columbia County high school football teams found themselves in dogfights last week, and with only one exception, the dogs had their day Friday.

The Thomson Bulldogs ripped a hole in the Lakeside defense during a 56-0 win at Panther Stadium, and the Tri-Cities Bulldogs put Evans in the doghouse with a 48-6 rout of the Knights at Blanchard Stadium.

Another breed of canine howled at Lumpkin Road Stadium, where the Greenbrier Wolfpack tamed the Butler Bulldogs 34-29.

The Harlem Bulldogs (2-2) stayed on the porch last week, but after an open date in the schedule last Friday, Harlem will be running with the big dogs this week when Washington County visits Columbia County. The Region 3-AAA opener for both squads kicks off Friday at 7:30 p.m.


Greenbrier at Butler

After dropping their Region 3-AAAA opener to Lakeside, the Wolfpack had its back against the wall last week against unbeaten Butler.

A region loss to the Bulldogs would have put the Pack in dire straits in region play, but Greenbrier picked up a win and stayed in the hunt for a state playoff berth in Region 3-AAAA.

Greenbrier quarterback Brooks Robinson tossed a 15-yard pass to J.C. Jennings to give the Pack a lead in the fourth quarter. The throw capped a great night for Robinson (12 for 15 for 113 yards and two touchdowns), who was intercepted twice during the loss to Lakeside.

"Last game (against Lakeside), I was a little bit nervous, so this game I knew I had to take a different approach, because everybody was doubting us," Robinson said.


Butler's Isiah Cruz comes in for the tackle on Greenbrier's Eugene Rogers in the first half Friday at Butler High School.

Photo by Chris Thelen

Greenbrier's win at Butler was in doubt as well. The Bulldogs had one final shot at the end zone in the fourth quarter, but the Pack defense held Butler on fourth-and-one from the Greenbrier 12-yard line.

"We've got kids on this team that don't like to lose," Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick said.

In addition to the defensive stand and the passing game, the Pack posted some impressive rushing statistics. Jennings led the way with 78 yards, Tyler Dent ground out 68, Robinson ran for 51, and Daniel Landon added 43.

Greenbrier improved its record to 3-1 (1-1 in Region 3-AAAA) heading into this week's showdown with Hephzibah. The region contest kicks off at 7:30 this Friday at the Brierpatch.

Thomson at Lakeside

With an impressive start to the 2003 season, Lakeside's football team was excited about Thomson's trip to Panther Stadium.

The excitement was over quickly, as the Bulldogs put the Panthers in their place with a convincing Region 3-AAAA rout.

"They talked too much," Thomson's Dan Ivey said of Lakeside's overenthusiastic outlook on the game. "We had to punch them in the mouth."

There were no fists flying, but Thomson did run right over Lakeside. The Dogs piled up more than 500 yards of offense, and knocked out the Panthers with 23 points in the second quarter.

Lakeside (3-1, 1-1 in Region 3-AAAA) takes on a more manageable foe this Friday night. The Panthers travel to Glenn Hills for a 7:30 kickoff against the Spartans.

Tri-Cities at Evans

It didn't take long for Tri-Cities to take control of the Region 7-AAAAA game at Blanchard Stadium. The Bulldogs raced to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.

In fact, the Dogs scored the game-winning points when Tristan Davis returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown. Tri-Cities tacked on scoring runs of 74 and 55 yards during the opening blitz.

"They've got a lot of speed," Evans coach Marty Jackson said. "They've got such a big-play offense."

Evans managed a touchdown in the second quarter on a short run by junior tailback Cheng Ho, who finished with 137 rushing yards, but that was the only highlight for the Knights.

Evans dropped to 0-4 (0-2 in region play) heading into this week's game at Lithonia. Kickoff in the Region 7-AAAA contest is Friday at 7:30 p.m.


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