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July 21, 2012

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’87 THS built around exceptional talent

THOMASVILLE — EDITOR’S NOTE: The Times-Enterprise is releasing a top 10 list of area football teams not to win a state championship. The list is based on feedback from interested readers. Today, the focus is on the 1987 Thomasville Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 3. Teams are being revealed each Sunday through Aug. 5.

To say the 1987 Thomasville Bulldogs were talented doesn’t do them justice.

To say they were loaded from top to bottom with Division I players is a more appropriate assessment of the runners-up in Region 1-AAA.

“It was an unbelievable, talented team,” said former Thomasville coach George Bobo, who served as an assistant on the ’87 squad.

Shawn Jones, Mike Jones, Eric Curry, Tyrone Barber. All were exceptional athletes who received scholarships with premier college programs. Two (Shawn Jones and Curry) were integral parts of their respective teams’ (Georgia Tech and Alabama) run to a national championship. Shawn’s brother, Mike Jones, played defensive back at Georgia, while Barber, signed with Florida State.

“I think, No. 1, the athleticism and the size we had on that team,” Mike Jones said, “ and the number of guys who were Division I college-football potential on that team, that’s the number one thing that stands out.”

That quartet was a vital part of the Bulldogs’ 11-1 season 25 years ago.

“That was probably one of our better teams,” said Thomasville High radio play-by-play announcer Darrell Allen.

Other standouts included Rusty Parrish, Charles Bostick, Anthony Hayes, James Williams, Alex Mash and Shawn Austin, all of whom eventually signed with Georgia Southern. The most significant piece to the ’87 squad, however, may have been running back Eddie Coleman, who later played at Troy.

For full details, see Sunday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.

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