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Thomasville counting on youthful experience

August 17, 2007

Thomasville -- The Thomasville football team earned its wins when they mattered last year, with every victory coming in region play.

The Bulldogs finished with a 5-6 record each of the past two seasons, and are looking to take a big step forward this year.

The Thomasville Bulldogs were the definition of a streaky team last year, losing their first two games, winning five in-a-row, and then closing out with four straight losses.

Head coach Richie Marsh says, "We lost a lot of players there at the end that we really needed. Some kids had to be put into spots they weren't quite ready to be put in. We got to learn how to finish this year. The schedule is very tough, and the region in unbelievable. You got to be ready to play each and every Friday night."

The Bulldogs are without a lot of senior leadership this season, but coach Marsh says many of the underclassman played significant roles last year.

"We've got some kids who had some experience from last year," says Marsh. "Some kids who got in a position where they had to play early. So we're looking for them to step back on the field and show that they got some experience."

Marsh says it always makes things easier when his players know what to expect under the lights.

"Experience is hard to beat," says Marsh. "It's very special to have some experience. A lot of teams you bring players back and you have to teach a lot of kids what's to be expected to play on Friday night. It's a blessing to have some experience."

The coach says the team is working hard to be mentally tough, and looking forward to a strong season.

"We want to make sure we go out and give the people from Thomasville something to be proud of," says Marsh.

The Bulldogs open the season on the road against cross-town rival Thomas County Central.

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