This past season was not what Richie Marsh had envisioned.
That's why the Thomasville head coach is convinced next season will be better.
“That's where we're going to be. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it that,” Marsh said. “That's the goal and that's the plan. We've got to work every day through the offseason to make sure that it happens.”
The Bulldogs finished 3-7, Thomasville's lowest win total since 1995. The Bulldogs finished just 2-4 in Region 1-AA.
“It's disappointing and it's not what we wanted at all,” Marsh said. “We struggled through and fell short at the end. We're just anxious to get moving and make sure that we turn the tide next year.”
As disappointing as the record was, the Bulldogs were competitive in almost every game, especially in the region. Thomasville trailed eventual region champ Brooks County 7-3 with just under three minutes to play in the first half. But a 75-yard touchdown march by the Trojans, followed by a Thomasvill fumble and another Brooks County score, gave the Trojans a 21-3 halftime lead they never relinquished. Thomasville was tied 3-3 at halftime with Cook before two second-half touchdowns propelled the Hornets to a 17-3 win. The Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with Early County in Blakely. A late 25-yard field goal by the Bobcats, and an interception in the waning moments by the Bulldogs ended Thomasville's chances of a win.
“Those games were close, and a play or two, here or there could have easily changed the outcome of the games. But we didn't make it happen,” Marsh said. “There's no excuses for it.”
Injuries also hurt the Bulldogs' cause, especially on offense. Senior wide receiver Tre' Garland missed most of the season because of a leg injury he sustained in the team's scrimmage against Lowndes. Despite Garland's limited play, he still led the team with 12 receptions for 95 yards. He ended his Bulldogs career with a four-reception game against Pelham, finishing with 65 yards and one touchdown.
“He's a big playmaker. I think he showed that in that last game,” Marsh said. “The thing about him was, he was starting both ways for us when all this happened.”
For full details, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.