Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 19, 2013

‘Just be Thomasville’

Bulldogs focused on selves, not No. 1 Trojans

Jamie Wachter

THOMASVILLE — The numbers are certainly impressive.

Heading into Friday’s Class AA second-round matchup with visiting Thomasville, the Lamar County Trojans are ranked No. 1. The Trojans are 11-0. They have averaged 46.2 points per game. Lamar County is allowing just 10 points per game. It also has three players committed to play next season at Georgia Tech.

Despite all those lofty statistics, Thomasville coach Leroy Ryals wants his Bulldogs to focus on just one thing: themselves.

“They’re a great team,” Ryals said Tuesday. “And we’ve got to make the trip up there, a three-hour bus ride or whatever it is. But our kids, we had a good practice tonight and I think we’re locked in and focused.

“I’m hoping we’ll go up there and be Thomasville. Don’t try to be anybody else, just be Thomasville. Let’s get to the fourth quarter and see what happens.”

That’s a mentality that has worked for the 8-3 Bulldogs. Coming off a 3-7 season that included a handful of close losses, Thomasville has found a knack for winning those close games in 2013 under Ryals, who is in his first season at the helm of the Bulldogs’ program.


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