THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central's football schedule for the upcoming season is finally set. After the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) agreed to delay the start of the football regular season by two weeks, teams with games against opponents from outside of Georgia were forced to scramble and reschedule.
Central had to find two new opponents to replace Godby (Fla.) and Wakulla (Fla.). It replaced both Florida schools with Lamar County on Sept. 25 and Callaway on Oct. 9.
“You lose two very quality opponents in Godby and Wakulla and you pick up the two we got. One's going to be a little bit longer road game, which hopefully preps us for road games as we get into a playoff run,” said Central coach Ashley Henderson. “Callaway, between them and Thomasville, those are two of the top teams in all of Double-A. You pick up two very quality opponents. It's a relief to be done with that. Now we can prep and get ready for football.”
Central will travel to Lamar County, which finished 6-4 last year and lost its final four games of the season. It is located in Barnesville, Georgia, just north of Forsyth.
Callaway finished 11-3 a year ago and advanced to the Class AA state semifinals. Central's only home game in October is against the Cavaliers, and it's the only home game in a five-game stretch in the middle of the season.
Central's reshuffled schedule has two preseason games, including Brooks County at home on Aug. 21 and at Coffee on Aug. 28. But Central will be idle week one before playing at Thomasville on Sept. 11.
“I'm not real fired up about the timing of it. You want to play week one, you don't want to sit week one. We're sitting week one, that's one of our open dates,” Henderson said. “It is what it is. We had to fill a schedule. I think we're fortunate that we picked up the quality guys that we did.”