THOMASVILLE — It was the perfect elixir for a Thomas County Central football team that had suffered its first defeat two weeks ago, then limped into an open date.
TCC quarterback Kalique Guyton tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another in the first half, helping the Yellow Jackets built a 20-point halftime lead en route to a 40-12 victory over Worth County Friday night at the Jackets Nest.
And it gave Thomas County Central some much-needed momentum as it opens Region 1-5A play next week at defending region champion and state runner-up Warner Robins.
"Our team, we just have to come together," Guyton said. "This was very fun, getting our confidence up, playing against a team like Worth who is a good team with good athletes. I love my team."
Guyton helped spark the Jackets to an easy win. He tossed two touchdown passes to Zendai Brooks — a 33-yarder and a 16-yarder — in the first quarter alone. He later tossed a 16-yarder to Adam Hopkins before the half ended.
Then he connected with Jabais Kerbo on a 25-yard touchdown pass at the 5:55 mark of the third quarter.
Guyton also scored on a 13-yard gallop to build a 26-6 advantage with 59 seconds left in the second quarter. He finished with 251 passing yards on 15 of 19 and helped account for five scores.
The Jackets didn't have a turnover and they never punted.
"We're still getting some guys back healthy, and we were able to rest a couple of guys," TCC coach Ashley Henderson said. "But we had a number of guys make plays tonight. Kalique did a phenomenal job spreading it around. He was very accurate. And our guys who we've been saying can make plays, made plays all night. Kudos to them.
"Great job by our coaching staff, both offensively and defensively. We made a couple of adjustments late in the second quarter as we went to 2-2 techniques and took away the inside game. That slowed them up a little and we were able to have a little more success there on D. So it's a good way to end the nonregion schedule and roll into region play next week."
TCC (5-1) never trailed. Brooks' first touchdown reception made it 7-0.
The Jackets also played well on defense. With the exception of the ensuing drive in which the Rams converted a key fourth-and-1 play that eventually set up Kedarius Crutchfield's 1-yard plunge at the 3:41 mark of the first quarter, TCC didn't allow much.
After Worth's score, TCC blocked the extra point attempt.
Dondell Green added a 22-yard scamper with 8:55 left in the final quarter to build a 40-6 lead before the Rams added a late score when Shaun Harrell scored on a 6-yard run.
With the Jackets finishing up fall break, Henderson said his team had an excellent week of preparation.
"We had a good week," he said. "We had fall break and we had our guys up there with us and we did a lot of football this week. We were able to lift three days, we were able to watch a lot of film, we fed them really good and our kids handled it really well. They were here.
"We encouraged them to go check out the fair and be kids. I'm proud of our coaches, proud of our kids, it was just a good night to be a Yellow Jacket tonight."