THOMASVILLE -- The Thomasville Bulldogs were excellent guard dogs in their 26-12 win over the Pelham Hornets Friday night. They surrendered only two touchdowns even though Pelham got off 26 plays inside Thomasville territory and three others at midfield.

A fumble put the Bulldogs in poor defensive field position early in the first quarter. The Hornets, however, couldn't push the ball across the goal line after starting with a first-and-goal at the 9.

The stellar stand set the stage for a 96-yard drive that enabled Thomasville to take a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter. The next Bulldogs possession was also a lengthy one covering 71 yards.

Robert Thomas spoiled one of Pelham's pushes deep into Thomasville territory. He hit quarterback Dustin Thompson at the 33, knocking the ball loose during an 18-yard loss that snuffed the threat.

n Pelham's Shon Atkins gained 70 yards on his first five rushes. He was limited to only 32 yards on his final 19 tries, however. He missed part of the second half with an injury.

n Thomasville's A.D. Phillips ripped off touchdown runs of 38 and 54 yards. He also had a 68-yarder nullified by an illegal block that occured 65 yards behind him.

n Phillips and Fredrick Moore combined for 321 rushing yards on 36 carries.

n Pelham head coach Phillip Richards was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after an official ruled Donell Williams trapped the ball on what would have been an interception.

Earlier in the Thomasville red zone, Williams also barely missed coming up with a pick that would have halted a touchdown drive.

n Thomasville (2-1) is set to visit Berrien (3-1) next week for its Region 1-AA opener. The Hornets (1-3) will open their Region 1-A slate at Lanier County (1-3).

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