THOMASVILLE — Thomasville's regular season finale last week means the Bulldogs have two weeks to prepare for the upcoming Class AA playoffs.
The Region 1 champions are slated to host the No. 4 team in Region 3, likely Washington County, at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Nov. 12.
The second bye week allows an extra week of preparation and extra healing for the Bulldogs.
“It's very similar to the last open week we had when we were able to focus on fundamentals and get back to our roots, do a lot of competing during practice with our younger group that hasn't had a JV game in a couple of weeks,” Thomasville coach Zach Grage said. “Just trying to get everybody healthy and get a couple of kids back off of injury is the goal there as well, with Beck Nicholson and Mason Beckham specifically.
“From what we've done with our identity the past two years, especially trying to focus on us, we have two weeks to prepare on us,” Grage said. “(The extra week) does help our coaches. We're able to get in and get a little extra time for a breakdown and the looks that we may see. Especially at this point in the season, you're going to be looking at nine or 10 games. Every game we get into the playoffs, we try to trade as much tape as possible. In the state championship game, you might have 14 games to break down and look at.
“It is a lot of information overload. It does put a lot of extra work on the coaches. It's nice to spread it out a little bit. It's like I told them, you work your rear end off right now and hopefully reap the benefits at the end.”
Washington County is 4-4 and will conclude its regular season Friday night against winless Jasper County.
Thomasville enters the postseason with a 9-1 record and a five-game winning streak.