THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL) - Florida schools kicked off contact practice Saturday on the gridiron, but Georgia High Schools are already a week in. The Thomasville Bulldogs have been hard at work this summer as they looked to make it back to the playoffs.
Head coach Leroy Ryals sayd the Bulldogs are young this year, as they graduated twelve seniors, and in order to make it back to the postseason, they need to do a better job of doing the little things. He added a few key pieces are back, as quarterback JT Rice returns.
Some things they have to work on? Overcoming their youth, as each side of the ball boasts just three seniors. Ryals said that playing in South Georgia will force the guys to grow up quick.
"Nothing beats experience but just experiencing it," he said. "You just have to go through it. You have to give them reps, give them reps, and give them reps, and just keep working, keep working, and that's the only way you overcome the lack of experience. We have a very tough schedule coming up with some very good teams, all of our non region teams, all of them made the playoffs last year, so we look forward to playing those teams. Hopefully we can gain experience by playing them and get ready for our region."
The Bulldogs take on Mitchell County at home Friday August 20th in preseason play, and open up the year on the road at West Laurens.