THOMASVILLE — Last week, it was Dontavia Bogan and Chester Hightower who shrugged off injuries to help Thomas County Central.

This week, Hightower gets some company as a banged-up Yellow Jacket squad looks to rebound tonight against Meadowcreek.

“We had a lot of kids banged up,” Central coach Ed Pilcher said. “Mario Walton left with a stinger in the second half, Adrien (Rauls) cramped up a little bit. Demetrius McCray has a tender hand, as does Spencer Wilson. We’ve got a lot of nagging injuries, nothing so much that can keep us out, but just keeps us from performing at the level we’d like to preform. We just have to fight through it.”

While Hightower will be playing through his hip pointer, Bogan is out of action with an ankle sprain suffered against Thomasville.

“Bogan’s not going to play,” he said. “We’re going to leave him out another week. We just need him back healthy. There’s a lot of football to play.

“He said he felt pretty good. But, he probably shouldn’t have played because he wasn’t 100 percent. He tried to gut it out and tried for a half. We just weren’t getting anything out of him. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to or trying, it just wasn’t happening.”

With Bogan out of action, junior P.J. Williams will start again at quarterback. Williams was nicked up late in the second quarter against Colquitt County last Friday.

“P.J.’s going to play,” Pilcher said. “There was nothing wrong with P.J. He’s just got a flair for the dramatics.” However, Central’s biggest injury concern comes at Bogan’s other starting spot — safety. With Bogan out, Hightower is also hobbled as is third-string safety Malcom Walton, who is suffering from an ankle sprain.

“Malcom’s a lot better,” Pilcher said. “(Chester’s) got that hip pointer and that thing just takes time. It’s a little better, but it’s still just aggravating.

“He ‘s not going to play much offense at all. All our safeties are banged up — our next guy in there is a ninth grader (Chris Shiver).”

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