August 17, 2007
Thomasville -- After coming up one win shy of the Georgia Dome last year, the Region 1-AAAA champions Thomas County Central aren't taking things easy in 2007.
The Yellow Jackets face three AAAAA teams this season, and are counting on last years experience to get them back to the turf in Atlanta.
The Thomas County Central football team won the Region 1-AAAA championship last year, and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs.
The Yellow Jackets lost that game by one-point in triple overtime.
For many schools, that's still a great season, but TCC head coach Ed Pilcher is looking for more in 2007.
"We want to go further than we did," says Pilcher. "We lost on the last play of the quarterfinals. We got a lot of work to do just to get back to where we were then."
Pilcher says the offense is looking strong so far, with plenty of experience back and ready to contribute.
"Our offensive line is back in tact," says the coach. "We got big Debrale Smiley back at running back. Our quarterback, PJ Williams is back, so offensively, we have a chance to be competitive."
The coach says the Jackets defense has some catching up to do.
"We got to fill a lot of holes," says Pilcher. "The secondary, we lost Dontavia Bogan, of course, we went to the University of South Florida, but we got some kids over there."
Coach Pilcher says while the offense may be ahead of the game right now, he's looking for a balanced team.
"I hope we got strengths on both sides of the ball, and strengths on special teams too," the coach says.
The Yellow Jackets open up the season at home against cross-town rival Thomasville.