THOMASVILLE — The mistakes that have plagued Thomas County Central in the first two weeks of the season “are fixable,” believes Central head coach Ashley Henderson. Central looks to correct those miscues this week as the team looks to avoid an 0-3 start and capture its first win this Friday against Lake Placid (Fla.).

“We knew we scheduled tough teams. We've been beaten by two top teams, and we've gotten better both games,” Henderson said. “If we can learn to stop shooting ourselves in the foot, we'll be even better. We're disappointed as anybody. We're proud of the effort the other night (against Thomasville), not proud of the outcome.

“Everything there is fixable.”

Central led 14-7 into the third quarter against the Bulldogs, but two huge special team plays led to nine Bulldogs points. The Yellow Jackets were plagued with 17 penalties, one of which, an illegal shift, cost the Yellow Jackets a go-ahead touchdown.

“It's a team learning how to play together. When we play together as a team, we're going to be really good. It's coming sooner than later,” Henderson said. “First and foremost, we need to be able to run the football. We've got to be able to establish the line of scrimmage. That'll make any quarterback's job a lot easier. We've had our moments, just not consistently. We've been inconsistent in the run game.

“Defensively, we played really good last week,” Henderson continued. “Other than one run, we really shut their run game down. That's what they take a lot of pride in. We extended some drives for them on penalties and gave them extra opportunities. You can't do that against a good ballclub in a rivalry game.”

Malik Harper's 36-yard touchdown scamper sealed the victory for the Bulldogs.

Central dropped its season opener, a 35-15 decision to Florida State High the previous week. It looks to take the next step against the Lake Placid Dragons, a team that Henderson admits he does not know much about.

Maybe more than any other time this year, the Yellow Jackets' focus this week will be on themselves and cleaning up mistakes that have been prevalent during the young season.

“We're going to be a really good football team, just like I've said all offseason. This is a really good football team,” Henderson said. “We get a little bit better every day. That's kind of been the goal every day of the week.”

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