By Clint Thompson / Special to the Times-Enterprise
Leroy Ryals and the Thomasville Bulldogs are going to enjoy this one for a little bit.
Fresh off Thomasville High’s first playoff win in three years and the first home playoff win in four years, after rolling past Westside-Augusta 45-20 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday night to open the Class AA playoffs, Ryals admitted he would savor the feeling. But not very long.
“We’ll enjoy it until Monday morning,” Ryals said. “That’s our rule. Well the players will. I will enjoy it until about 8 and then I will start watching film on Lamar County.”
With the win, which wasn’t in doubt very long as Thomasville jumped on the Patriots 17-0 in the first quarter and led 31-0 late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs will travel to face top-ranked Lamar County in the second round on Friday.
It didn’t take the 8-3 Bulldogs long to seize control against the 3-8 Patriots, who had to forfeit four games for the use of an ineligible player. After Westside’s initial drive stalled near midfield, it took the Bulldogs just three plays to grab the lead. After a pair of Mario Cherry runs, Vantez Gordon ripped through a hole up the middle and dashed 52 yards untouched to put Thomasville ahead 7-0 with 5:39 left in the quarter.
It was a sign of things to come as the Bulldogs ran for 369 yards on just 29 carries.
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