Wild fourth quarter lifts Thomson football past South Atlanta, Big Ten tailback commit

Thomson takes the field before the Thomson and Burke County football game at The Brickyard in Thomson, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. Burke County defeated Thomson 24-21.
Thomson takes the field before the Thomson and Burke County football game at The Brickyard in Thomson, Ga., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. Burke County defeated Thomson 24-21.

Thomson football is headed back to the final four for the first time since 2016.

The Bulldogs (12-1) knocked off South Atlanta 56-38 Friday night, including a fourth quarter that saw a pair of Jontavis Curry kickoff-return touchdowns and 60 combined points.

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Entering Friday's contest, keying on South Atlanta tailback Keyjuan Brown was paramount. The Purdue commit came into this week averaging 12 yards per carry, to the tune of 2,504 yards and 29 rushing touchdowns. It worked. Even in the wild final quarter, Brown failed to find the end zone.

Career night for Jontavis Curry

If Jontavis Curry played for any other program without a stable of capable backs to roll out every night, he'd likely get much more publicity than he already does. He shows Bulldog fans each week why many of us consider him the most talented tailback in the CSRA.

It was a career night for the senior, as he started the Bulldogs' scoring with a touchdown pass to Marcellus Brigham. He added three rushing touchdowns before returning two kickoffs 90-plus yards for pay dirt.

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Looking ahead for Thomson football

With Appling County (12-1) knocking off Callaway 44-21 and the coin toss favoring the top half of the bracket, Thomson will be on the road against the Pirates next week. It'll serve as a rematch of last year's 3A quarterfinals, which Appling County bested Thomson 21-7.

A win Friday will land Thomson its first state championship game berth since 2016, when the Bulldogs fell to Cartersville 58-7. If they make it to the 2A finals, they'll face the winner between Fellowship Christian (10-3) and Fitzgerald (13-0).

This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: Thomson football advances to final four for first time since 2016