Thomas County Central coach Bill Shaver thought they had found the answer.
After struggling following their open weeks last year — Central beat Bainbridge 17-14 in overtime and lost 18-12 to Harris County — the Yellow Jackets switched up their practice routine last week. The result, Shaver thought, was positive. At least until Class AAAAA No. 6 Central was mistake-prone during the first half of Friday’s 50-23 win at the Bearcats’ Centennial Field.
“We were in a funk and I really can’t explain it,” Shaver said. “I guess I still don’t have the answer to the open week. We practiced hard, practiced every day and tried to keep the focus on. We had great practices. So I don’t have an answer for why we came out like that.
“This team has been struggling, and maybe in the back of our minds, we thought all we had to do was show up. But you can’t do that, no matter what you’re doing. It was a learning lesson. You have to play this game with fire, determination, heart and all of that.”
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