When the clock struck midnight August 1, Thomas County high school took to the football field.
The Yellow jackets missed the playoffs for the first time in a while last season. Many fans filed in to watch what they call midnight madness.
The team is is bringing in 6 new coaches and will need to build their continuity in order to compete at the level the community expects.
Their senior offensive lineman described the heartbreak that was last season.
"We sort of disappointed everybody, said Mason Lawing. "It was sort of like what was expected of us to do. We knew we weren't going to have the greatest season, rebuilding year, everybody has those. But I think at the end of the year we wish we would have done better. There were a few moments we wish we could have gone back and changed."
There's no time machine in football. The yellow jackets will have to move forward, and do so with a remodeled coaching staff.
"We had to replace a lot of guys, said head coach Bill Shaver. "I'm really excited about the group that I have. I've got two of my ex-players back. Leonard Guyton has come back, player quarterback for me when we won two state championships back in the 90s, he's running the offense now taking that off of my plate, and Johnny who played running back for us back in the 90s is our running back coach."
Their season kicks off against Rockdale County August 14.
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