THOMASVILLE — Even before Friday night, the Thomasville Bulldogs scored a potential major playoff victory this week.

With the Georgia High School Association's universal coin toss landing in the Bulldogs' favor, Thomasville is guaranteed to host the quarterfinal round of the Class AA playoffs if it defeats Heard County on Friday night.

It's a huge development, says Thomasville coach Zach Grage.

“It's awesome. I couldn't sleep for two days. My wife will tell you, I'm waking up at all hours of the night dreaming about this,” Grage said. “It's a program changer. You've got to be able to take care of business right now to experience that. But it is awesome for the kids and awesome for the community.”

The winner of the Heard County-Thomasville game will play the winner of Jeff Davis-Rabun County. If Thomasville and Rabun County, two No. 1 seeds, win, then it'll have to make the long trip from Clayton.

“People ask me why do they do the coin flip now. If you have to go on the road, you've got to start preparing for hotels and meals and logistics and buses. It completely takes your focus away from what's important,” Grage said. “That's the other good part. You take a deep breath and relax and going to run with our normal fall break plan like we did when we played Cook. Hopefully, we'll get to experience that next round.”

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