High School Game of the Week: In Thomasville, 'Dogs vs. Jackets takes on whole new meaning

By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 24, 2018

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- All throughout the state of Georgia, you're either a Bulldog or a Yellowjacket. That rings especially true in Thomasville.

On Friday, Thomasville High School will host their bitter rival, Thomas County Central, in a rivalry that is entering it's second half century.

Through the first 50 match ups, you wont find a more even series, as the two schools have split the games 25-25.

It's a rivalry that can capture the attention of a county of 45,000 unlike anything else.

"You're gonna have the excitement from our team and our fans," said Thomasville head coach Zach Grage, who is looking to lead his Bulldogs to a second-straight win in the Rose City Rumble, after capturing last year's game with a dominant 41-7 win.

"It's not only written us off for this game, they've written us off for this season," said TCC head coach Ashley Henderson. "That's no excuse, we're going out to win a football game."

Trying to break that stalemate will be a TCC team led by coach Henderson in his first year with the Yellowjackets who, before dawning blue and gold, led Valwood to three state titles.

Every nickname. Every memory. Every legend comes back around for this one night, this one moment.

That one goal; win.

"The intensity of this game and the talk with the town is unbelievable and it's nothing else I'd rather be a part of," Grage said. "These kids have grown up as Dogs their entire life, they know what this rivalry is and if we come out with that passion I think that might be what puts us over the top."

"I think it's a little bit more bitter, somebody's intertwined somewhere,
there's some marriage of somebody or somebody works with somebody; it's everywhere," Henderson explained. "The atmosphere is second to none, there's nothing like South Georgia football, there's nothing like rivalry week and it's gonna be a good time."

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