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New Tricks for Bulldogs

August 21, 2006

Thomasville -- The Thomasville football team had a bit of a down year last season.

The Bulldogs won just five games in 2005, after winning eight each of the previous three seasons.

The young Thomasville football finished a game under .500 a year ago, but gained a lot of experience for the 2006 season.

Head coach Richie Marsh says, "You'd love to bring starters back. You'd love to bring a kid back that started a couple of years for you. We don't have the opportunity to do that this year, but we're just happy about the experience some of them do have."

Junior Quintez Hayes adds, "There's a lot of players on this team that played varsity last year, which makes them kind of experienced. They know what's going on, so that will really help us out a lot."

The Bulldogs will open up the season with Thomas County Central and Cairo, two of the top teams in AAAA and AAA respectively, and coach Marsh says they're excited about the opportunity.

"You beat those teams, and it'll build up a lot of confidence," says Marsh. "You're going to know where you are right at the beginning."

Senior Allen Johnson says, "Big rival fresh out of the gate, and a week after that we got Cairo, and a week after that it's region time."

The coach says the schedule won't be easy.

"The region is an awesome region," says Marsh, "and the teams we play outside the region are pretty good too."

The Bulldog players are looking towards a successful season.

Johnson says, "Senior year you just have to work harder than everybody else. You can't let anybody out-work you."

"Our expectation is to go all the way, and work hard all season," adds Hayes.

Thomasville opens up the season at home against Thomas County Central September 1st.

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