THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Despite only losing one region game last year Thomasville's bid for back to back region championships was denied by a team you might not have expected. Brooks County went unbeaten in the region to take the title. Friday night the Bulldogs and Trojans face off in Quitman in a game that should have large playoff implications come November.
For Thomasville, the game Friday night is so big that the Bulldogs are under a gag order. Head Coach Richie Marsh isn't speaking to the media and neither are his players. This week Thomasville's defensive coordinator Lamar Landing is serving as the team's spokesman.
"Brooks County is just as solid as they were last year, we feel we're a little bit better and we're just hoping to come out and compete with them and give ourselves a chance" said Landing.
At Brooks County there is no gag order and Head Coach Maurice Freeman was ready to talk about his team's opposition.
"Thomasville still is a very good team they're fast and strong and they've got some folks there that can flat out play so we've got some things that we're obviously concerned about but we treat every team like they've got a bullseye on them. They may be shooting at us but we're certainly shooting back at them."
Last year's game in Thomasville was close with the Trojans winning 14-6.
"They made more plays than we did, when they needed to make the plays they made them. When we needed to make the plays we didn't make them so we're focuse on trying to make our plays this year" said Landing.
"It was a hard fought game and anytime that happens anybody can win it so that is important to me that we fight hard again this year" said Freeman.
Brooks County Senior fullback and safety Kendrick Christopher is expecting another close game and despite winning last year he still views his team as underdogs.
"Everybody's after us so that means we've got to work extra hard this year to be a whole lot better. It feels good but I still feel as though we're the underdogs so we're playing hard to do it again this year" said Christopher.
History says Brooks County will be the underdogs Friday night. The Trojans have never beaten Thomasville in Quitman.Feedback