AUBURN – Kevin Thomson believes.
And he’s making believers out of others.
Thomson passed for a career-high 401 yards and five touchdowns and ran for his Auburn Riverside’s other two TDs to lead the surprising Ravens to a 50-27 victory over Kent-Meridian on Friday night at Auburn Memorial Stadium.
“He’s just a complete quarterback,” K-M coach Brett Allen said. “It’s tough to defend him.”
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The Royals have a good one of their own in Quincy Carter, who rushed for 223 yards and three scores, but Thomson is more of a dual threat and has the Ravens dreaming big this season after coming off a 1-9 campaign last year. At 6-0 in the SPSL 4A North Division, they’ve clinched a playoff spot and could be battling for their first division title against ninth-ranked Kentwood in two weeks.
Not Thomson, who quickly bought into the philosophies of new coach Bryant Thomas and his staff.
“The coaches showed confidence in us, they believed in us,” Thomson said. “They told us we had a lot of talent and that if we put in the work ethic this offseason we could have a special team.”
Thomson, who now has 11 passing TDs and seven on the ground, hit the passing circuit hard over the summer, and it’s paying off. He recently received a scholarship offer from UNLV.
His chemistry with receiver Drew Wallen, a good friend since seventh grade, was on display Friday as Wallen caught seven passes for 175 yards and two scores.
Thomson had the hot hand early, completing seven of his first nine passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns — the first a 35-yard strike to Michael Lucchesi and the second a 17-yarder to Bradley Means.
The Ravens led 14-0 with a little more than four minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Then Carter got in the act. He scored back-to-back touchdowns on runs of 22 and 27 yards – both after he seemed bottled up by the A-R defense. But the Royals failed on both conversions and trailed 14-12. Thomson scored on a scramble just before the half to extend it to 21-12, and he had a counter for every Carter-led rally.
Riverside’s only other 6-0 start came as a 3A school in 2006. But that season ended with the Ravens losing three of their last four. This group is far from satisfied.
“We want more,” Thomson said.
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