THOMASVILLE -- Thomas County Central renews another area rivalry Friday night when the Colquitt County Packers come to the Jackets' Nest.

Hopefully.

The Yellow Jackets' first game of the year against the Thomasville Bulldogs was canceled this weekend due to bad lightning in the area. There is a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms all week long. Both teams know all about postponements. Last year's clash was postponed from Friday to Saturday because of lightning. Central eventually won Saturday's contest 35-14, a rare blowout in this intense series.

"With this bunch, we've played them for so long, it's a backyard rivalry," said Central head coach Ed Pilcher. "They know what we're going to do, as well as we pretty much know what they're gonna do. In this kind of game, it's just a matter of who executes the best, because there's no secrets."

Colquitt County head coach Mike Singletary shares the same sentiments.

"We probably know them better than some of our region teams," said Singletary.

But this rivalry runs deeper than any football game. Both coaches have developed a mutual friendship and respect for each other and his football program.

"We like to play Thomas County Central," Singletary said. "We feel like he does it right down there. It's just good for our kids and good for our community."

When the two teams step on the field Friday, the competitive juices in both coaches will kick in.

"I hope he wins nine games every year," Singletary added.

"It's always a good, fun game, very competitive game, both teams, both coaching staffs," said Pilcher.

"It's the kind of game you like to be associated with. It really is."

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