2015-10-07 / Sports

Bears break Thomson’s streak on homecoming

By David Stembridge

Caleeb Roberson scores one of his two touchdowns in the Bears' big win over Thomson. Caleeb Roberson scores one of his two touchdowns in the Bears' big win over Thomson. Burke County High School's Bears (5-1) defeated Thomson High School 26-20 on a wet Friday night in front of a homecoming crowd. Propelled byt he return of senior quarterback Caleeb Roberson, their win knocked Thomson out of the Class AAAA rankings and put the Bears at the No. 8 spot statewide.


The Burke County Bears started out strong with an 83 yard touchdown run by senior running back Aquavious Evans in the first minute of the game. The rest of the first quarter remained scoreless as defense was beefed up on both sides.

On the Bear’s first possession, they moved 63 yards to put senior quarterback Keenan Parker in position to carry the ball into the end zone for another score. The conversion attempt was no good, giving the Bears a lead of 12-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Bulldogs came back fighting with an 88-yard return to score their first touchdown.

On Thomson’s first possession in the third quarter, they made it to the Bears 10 yard line, and attempted a field goal but missed. The Bears came back, driving 83 yards, and senior Quarterback Caleeb Roberson dove into the end zone to make the score 20-6. Once again, Thomson was able to slip through the Bears defense and run 66 yards to score, making it 20-13. The Bears return drive was slow; but they were able to continue getting first downs, finally allowing Roberson to run in again with a minute on the clock, keeping the Bears ahead 26-13.

Thomson came back strong again, making it to Burke County’s 15-yard line as the quarter ended. As the fourth quarter began, the Bulldogs completed a pass that put another 6 points on the scoreboard. The kick was good, giving Thomson hope at 26-20.

The Bears took over and pushed to the Bulldogs 16-yard line, but turned the ball over. On Thomson’s final possession, they were in a position to score at the Bears' 23, but fumbled the ball with a minute left on the clock. It was recovered by senior defensive back Michael Jones. The Bears were able to get another 45 yards before the game ended with a final score of 26-20.

At left, Aquavious Evans runs 83 yards to score the Bears' first touchdown of the game. He totaled 102 yards on just 2 carries. At left, Aquavious Evans runs 83 yards to score the Bears' first touchdown of the game. He totaled 102 yards on just 2 carries. COACH'S CORNER

Comments from Bears Head Coach Eric Parker

“That was a big boost for our kids. Their kids played hard. They had a chance to fold the tents and we had a chance to give it up, but both teams just kept getting after it. Our kids just found a way to come out and win the ballgame.

"We gave up a couple of cheap plays; but we didn’t come here expecting to hold Thomson down to nothing … they were the number five team in the state. We are going to take it and roll on and just get better from here. I’m not going to complain a whole lot.

"We are getting ready to go into the region play now, and we are where we need to be. We just have to keep getting better."


Total Offense 488 412
Passing yards 89 75
Rushing yards 399 337
Penalties 5-35 7-65
Turnovers 0 1
First Downs 19 16

Christopher Strickland: 6 solo tackles, 6 assists
Ali Gilbert: 4, 4
Kelsey Thomas: 4, 4
Keenan Parker: 4, 4
Michael Jones: 4, 4

Caleeb Roberson 4/10 58 yards
Keenan Parker: 2/3, 31 yards

Caleeb Roberson: 22 carries for 158 yards
Aquavious Evans: 2-102 yards
Keenan Parker: 7-87 yards
Cameron Holmes: 5-19 yards
Stephen Dishmond 3-11 yards

Boisey Lewis: 2-43 yards
Cail Jackson: 2-29 yards
Quantavious Wilson: 2-17 yards


Burke Co. vs. Liberty Co. in Hinesville Kick off: 7:30 p.m.

The Bears kick off Region 3-AAAA play on the road. They'll take on the Panthers, who are 4-2 so far. Last year, the Bears defeated the Panthers 29-6. Seats on a spectator bus are available for fans who sign up by Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 3 p.m.

For those can't make the trip, listen to the live broadcast by tuning in to 94.9 FM WHKN or listen to live Internet streaming by clicking on the link on the schools system's homepage, www.burke.k12.ga.us.

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