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Midnight Madness returns to Thomas County Central

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Bill Shaver (Source: WALB) Bill Shaver (Source: WALB)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

After a one-year hiatus, order was restored in Thomasville.

And by order, I mean the highly anticipated first football practice in full pads.

When the clock struck midnight, Thomas County Central got those first-hit jitters out of the way.

Midnight Madness is held annually on the first day the GHSA allows for padded practice.

Last year TCC canceled the event because the first day of school was the next morning.

That was the 2nd time in 28 years fans went without the annual tradition.

This fall nearly 500 fans got their first look at the 2017 Yellow Jackets.

The team practiced for a little over 90 minutes under the moon, and were loving every minute of it.

"Couldn't hardly shut them up, they were just excited to get out here," said Bill Shaver who is entering his 10th season at head coach. "They were all excited and obviously it was kind of game-like when the lights are on and the fans are not in the stands but on the sidelines. But the big key is tomorrow we're going to come out here and its going to be the sun shining and a little bit hotter and nobody's going to be watching how we're going to react. Can we have the same enthusiasm? That's going to be the big key."

The defending region 1-AAAAA champs kickoff the season August 18th at Worth County.

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