By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 7, 2018
THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) – There’s a new sheriff in town at Thomas County Central. His name? Ashley Henderson.
The former Valwood coach and three-time state champion hopes to bring a winning tradition back to the City of Roses.
If you had one word to describe Henderson’s practices on Charlie Ward Jr. Boulevard, fast might be the one that comes to mind.
The first-year head coach is hoping the pace of practice will give his Yellow Jackets an idea of their pace of play.
"We think we can run a lot more plays. We don't think we know we can run a lot more plays in practice. To get extra reps in and that tempo and pace in practice is vital,” says Henderson.
The Jackets will be young, but experienced, with many players from last year’s 3-8 campaign still on the team, with several options at quarterback, receiver and more.
Coach Henderson says, "We're 2 to 3 deep at every position. We're deep at linebacker, that's another one. We're not the biggest team in the world but we've got a lot of runners and hitters."
Don’t mistake the talk of youth with excuse making. Henderson knows what he’s been brought to the Jacket’s Nest to do- win– and do so at the high standards of Thomas County Central.
"When you think of South Georgia football, you think of Highway 84. Thomas County Central's one of the first ones you think of,” says Henderson. “You think of Charlie Ward, Joe Burns, all those guys like that. So, it's just a very very special place and I'm proud to be a part of it.”