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August 25, 2012

On their heels

Jackets look to move within one game of Bulldogs in series history

THOMASVILLE — A rivalry gets renewed tonight at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Can Thomasville regain the dominance it had over Thomas County Central in the series history?

The Bulldogs can start answering that question when the two teams square off at 8 p.m. for the 47th time.

Since 1993, Central has won 13 of the last 15 meetings, including last year’s 35-20 victory at Thomas County Stadium. The winning streak has helped narrow Thomasville’s lead in the series to 24-22.

“Since ’76, they’ve really started to close the gap,” Thomasville radio announcer Darrell Allen said. “The size of their school helps them somewhat, but also the fact that they just have a good football program. So do we.

“They’re definitely closing the gap but I don’t know if that means a whole lot to those kids that’ll play (tonight).”

Before ’93, Thomasville led the series 22-9, which started with a 10-game winning streak, beginning in 1962. While the Yellow Jackets have dominated in recent years, there were times when Central struggled to compete. Not anymore, however.

“As a Central guy, I’m glad that’s happening but I have always been one to believe that the rivalry between the two schools has always pushed the two schools to be as good as they’ve been,” Central radio announcer Randy Young said. “You don’t want your rival that’s right there in the same county with you showing you up. I think that’s definitely been a motivator. I know it has been for the Central folks. We were the red-headed stepchild for so long. You wanted to be on an equal ground so that whenever you were talking to Thomasville folks, it wasn’t like they were kind of smirking at you.

“The rivalry is what makes it great. I really hope that the rivalry will continue to be a good one, and it has been. It’s better for both schools, it’s better for the community for the rivalry to be healthy.”

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