ATLANTA (WJBF) – Thomson is the Georgia High School Association Class-AA state football champion after defeating Fitzgerald 32-27 at Center Parc Stadium in Atlanta Friday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (14-1) led 20-14 at halftime and outscored the previously-unbeaten Purple Hurricanes (14-1) 12-7 in the second half to bring the state championship trophy to Thomson for the first time since 2002.

Thomson senior Jontavis Curry rushed for 244 yards and four touchdowns, including an 86-yard score in the final minute to secure the win.

“He’s the best player in the CSRA. I know he’s the best player in (Class-AA), for sure” said Thomson head coach Michael Youngblood, a Burke County graduate who won two national championships playing college football for Georgia Southern. “He’s probably the best player in football in Georgia”.

In Thomson’s five playoff games, Curry recorded 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Bulldogs entered the postseason ranked No. 4 in GHSA Class-AA. They defeated the Nos. 2, 3 and first-ranked teams en route to the state title.

Youngblood says the Bulldogs are just getting started.

“We’ve been on a journey and we can talk about the journey and the finished product, but do we want to keep it that way?” said Youngblood. “That’s what I want to do. I want to sustain this. It’s going to take some hard work, it’s going to take some dedication and all of those types of things to keep us at the top.”

Dozens of people turned out to welcome the team home Friday evening and WJBF was there. Click below to watch: