THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central's football team could soon have two new opponents on this year's schedule, a little more than a month away from the start of the regular season.
Since the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) decided on July 20 to delay the start of the season by two weeks, many GHSA teams have had to reshuffle their schedules due in large part to having out-of-state teams on their '20 schedules.
For the Yellow Jackets, they were slated to play two teams from Florida; Wakulla in the season opener and Godby a couple of weeks later. But with the GHSA's decision and the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the varied impacts state-by-state, Central coach Ashley Henderson was forced to find new opponents. Talks with other teams in-state have been ongoing, though contracts have yet to be finalized.
“It's everybody. You're talking this late in the game finding games, guys needing home games,” Henderson said. “You're talking about teams splitting gate money. It's crazy, but it's kind of the new normal for this season. There's a bunch of guys scrambling finding schedules and putting it together the best they can right now. It's been wild, lets just put it that way.
“How do you eat an elephant, you eat it one bite at a time and that's what we're doing.”
Central will host Brooks County in its first preseason scrimmage on Aug. 21. It will play at Coffee the following week on Aug. 28 in its second preseason scrimmage.
Both games will start at 7:30 p.m.