THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central football will be in the spotlight Saturday night at the Jackets' Nest.

Central will hold an intra-squad Blue vs. Gold scrimmage at approximately 7:20 p.m. Fans are invited to see what next year's team will look like in Justin Rogers' first year as head coach.

Rogers discussed what he is looking forward to seeing when his varsity suits up in a couple of days.

“First is, who can compete? Who's willing to go out there and really compete? But then you also step away with no coaches on the field, all the coaches on the sideline and take those training wheels off,” Rogers said. “Maybe in practice you give them a little buzz word or something to help them out. Now you take that away from them where they're truly out there on their own, making sure procedurally with the referees that we're doing things well with no illegal formations or shifts.”

Central will resume practices on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before playing at Perry in the teams' spring scrimmage on Friday, May 13.

Rogers has been pleased with what he's seen in spring so far.

“The first thing is I love the effort in practice. I think our kids have been giving phenomenal effort. I think we're really competing at practice with each other extremely well,” Rogers said. “As far as what the kids are bringing, the energy and effort, we're really pleased. Our numbers are really good, and people are excited.”

Central fans will also see what the younger Yellow Jackets look like as well on Saturday. The seventh graders will suit up against each other beginning at 5:30 p.m. Then the seventh grade will scrimmage against the eighth grade at 5:45 p.m., followed by the eighth grade teams against each other at 6 p.m. The eighth grade will scrimmage the ninth grade at 6:20 p.m., and the ninth graders will scrimmage each other at 6:40 p.m. The ninth graders will scrimmage the junior varsity at 7 p.m.

“That's what makes small town U.S.A. and football in the south awesome. It's something I've done at all my other schools in the spring,” Rogers said. “If you've got a son or a loved one playing football for the Yellow Jackets, you're going to get a one-stop shop to see them all.”

Admission is free on Saturday night.

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