THOMASVILLE — It's beginning to look a lot like football. This was a key week for Georgia High School football teams in preparing for a potential season in two months. 

Footballs and sports specific equipment are allowed this week. Groups can also be expanded to as many as 50 as well. 

It's a gradual progression, says Thomasville coach Zach Grage.

“We kept our offensive and defensive guys together. It's been nice,” Grage said. “We've been able to do a full offensive practice within reason and then a full defensive practice within reason.”

An aerial attack is an element of the Bulldogs' offense that Grage loves to use. But even more so is the shotgun snap, which Thomasville has finally had a chance to work on this week.

“Just the center, quarterback shotgun exchange. That's one of those big ones that people don't think about. That's the whole premise of our offense is the shotgun snap,” Grage said. “We've got a new center this year. He hasn't actually snapped to our quarterback ever, like before Monday. That was huge.”

This week is also huge for the players' psyche. After two straight weeks of conditioning workouts, this week feels more like football practice and more like the team is preparing for a regular season, which is slated to start on Aug. 21 against Brooks County.

“This week we haven't filmed anything. I told our coaches, lets just go out there and fly around and get after it and get balls in the air and be able to get each side of the ball together. Like I tell them, hopefully, we're crossing our fingers that we'll come after “dead week” and we'll hit phase three and we can get all of the kids back together,” Grage said.

The week of June 29 through July 3 is designated as “dead week” where no workouts or practices are allowed for GHSA schools.

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