THOMASVILLE — EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of 12 weekly stories in recognition of the Thomasville Bulldogs' 100th anniversary season.
It didn’t show up in the statistics, but head coach Jim Hughes made what was arguably the most important defensive play of the 1977 Thomasville Bulldogs-Central Yellow Jackets clash.
With the Oct. 14 game deadlocked in overtime and the final seconds ticking away at Thomas County Stadium, the Jackets launched a desperation pass that fluttered toward the Bulldogs’ bench and landed in Hughes’ hands, resulting in an unlikely interception as the final buzzer sounded.
“Thank goodness I didn’t fumble it,” Hughes joked.
Neither squad scored during extra period. The Bulldogs, however, were awarded a point for pushing the ball closest to their opponents’ goal line, earning them the decisive point in a 15-14 thriller. It was the first Region 1-AAA game to be decided by the penetration rule.
See Tuesday's edition for more details.