THOMASVILLE — The times has come for Thomasville.

Its first opponent of the season comes to Veterans Memorial Stadium today.

Though its only a scrimmage, today’s tilt with Westover will go a long way in solidifying starting positions for Thomasville’s season opener at Thomas County Central on Aug. 28.

“Our plan is to play a defensive group during the first quarter and then come back with a second set of defensive players in the second quarter,” Thomasville defensive coordinator Lamar Landing said. “Then, in the third and fourth quarters we’ll do the same thing, so everybody can get a couple of quarters in.

“We haven’t made any decisions at any positions,” Landing added. “As defensive coaches, we really haven’t decided exactly who’s going to be starters. Even after coming out of practice (Tuesday), it was still neck and neck.”

The Bulldogs are returning seven starters this year on offense and defense. Like his defensive counterpart, offensive coordinator Matt VerSluis will be using tonight’s game as a final preseason tuneup.

“We want to find out who’s at what level,” VerSluis said. “Do we have the offensive line where we need them? Are the running backs where we need them? Are the wide receivers? Is everybody lining up right? Do we know the play? Then, are they giving effort.

“We are going to be looking at the wide receiver spot,” VerSluis added. “We’ve got a couple of seniors who have stepped up and doing a great job. They did a great job in the summer in 7-on-7 stuff. That’s 7-on-7. We want to see what they’re going to do in game situations.”

Thomasville’s opponent tonight returns 12 starters from a team that finished 5-5 last year. Despite the .500 record, the Bulldogs coaches understand the caliber of competition their team will encounter tonight.

“I believe it’s going to be a big test,” Landing said. “We got rained out last year but the year before we played them, it was a real, close game until late. They went on to the third round of the playoffs that year like we did.

“I think Westover year in, year out ... they have some really good athletes and some really good linemen. I expect the game to be very tough.”

VerSluis added, “We saw Westover at the Georgia Southwestern camp, they’ve got some good athletes. This should be a great test.”

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