THOMASVILLE — Thomasville’s defense took its lumps in the season opener against Thomas County Central.

In the next three games, though, the Bulldogs have doled out the lumps.

“(Against) Cairo, they came out and just got enormously better than week one,” Thomasville coach Richie Marsh said. “They say ball teams usually make their most improvement from week one to week two, and they made huge improvement from week one to week two.”

That improvement was evident for the Bulldogs (2-2, 2-0 in Region 1-AA). After the Yellow Jackets churned out 180 rushing yards against Thomasville, the Bulldogs have tightened the leash on their opponents.

Cairo was held to just 35 rushing yards on 29 carries. The Bulldogs have continued to be stingy in region play. While Brooks County busted loose for 198 yards on 31 attempts, the Bulldogs held the Trojans to just 14 points. Then Friday night, Albany lost 19 yards on 27 carries.

“We’re still so far from where we want to be, because of the mental part of the defense,” Marsh said. “We don’t have the mental part of it down yet.

“I think the players are responding to the sense of urgency that the coaches are trying to give to them. Where we can be and where we’re at right now.”

Said junior linebacker Lawrence Ellis: “We are getting better. We just have to hustle to the ball. We have a good football team and we have a chance for state this year and we just have to give all we’ve got and make sure we go 100 percent every play.”

Added junior defensive back Dakari Mitchell: “We’re just trying to get better every day. We’re out here just trying to have fun.”

While Thomasville has been making strides, the Bulldogs still point to that season opener as an eye-opener.

“We got a little madness in us,” Ellis said about the Cenral loss helping the Bulldogs’ defense improve. “I thought we came out and played a good game against Cairo and we should have had that one.

“It made us better when we were down the street. When we did get that beating, it made us better.”

Said Mitchell: “I think it made us better, we’re all playing hard on defense and everybody is getting to the ball.”

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