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Titans roll to third semifinals appearance in four years

Blessed Trinity 43, Thomson 13



THOMSON, Ga. — A week after dispatching the two-time defending state champions, Blessed Trinity downed last year’s state runner up with a lopsided, 43-13 win over Thomson on the road Friday night.

With the victory, the Titans (11-2) will make their third appearance in the semifinals in the last four years next week.

BT’s victory was powered by its running game with the Titans putting up 353 yards on the ground.

The Titans’ rushing duo of Steele Chambers and Elijah Green accounted for nearly all of that production. Green led with 179 yards to Chambers’ 135. Both accounted for two touchdowns in what head coach Tim McFarlin called exceptional performances.

“Offensively we felt like we would need to run the ball well to keep their offense of the field,” McFarlin said. “We weren’t sure we were going to be able the run the ball as well as we did, but it worked for us and we kept with it.”

The rushing attack allowed the Titans to score on their first five possessions of the game and build a 33-7 lead early in the third quarter.

Chambers added to his huge rushing performance with a 16-yard touchdown catch and a nine-yard touchdown throw to Jake Smith on a halfback pass for four total touchdowns.

Meanwhile, BT’s defense had another impressive performance. Thomson (10-2) entered Friday night averaging 37 points per game but were held to two touchdowns.

McFarlin said there was concern about his defense after the Bulldogs opened the game with a long scoring drive, running two plays they hadn’t seen before. However, the defensive coaching staff made solid adjustments that held Thomson’s offensive success to a minimum the remainder of the game.

“The defense just continued to build on their great performance against Cartersville last week,” McFarlin said. “It was another great night for them.”

After downing two of the top teams in Class 4A, BT is playing perhaps its best football this season deep in the postseason.

“That’s what you want to do in the playoffs, get on a roll,” McFarlin said.

And BT is hoping their road warrior status will continue this week as the Titans travel again to take on Mary Persons (11-2).

The Bulldogs eliminated BT in the quarterfinals last year with a dramatic 28-27 win captured on the final play of the game in Forsyth.

But for McFarlin and BT, next Friday’s matchup is business as usual.

“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” he said. “I’m not into seeing revenge as a motivating factor. We’ll just draw up our game plan and go to work.”

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