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April 2011

Baseball Swings into Season
by Kinsley Maxwell

The Thomasville High School baseball team opened its season February 15 with an exciting 10-3 scrimmage win against Seminole County.

“We have a lot of work to do, but it was a decent first game,” says first basemen Matt Allen. “We have been working really hard.  We can’t complain – we just have to work harder.”

The Bulldogs played Miller County February 21 at Thomasville, winning 9-4. February 25, the Bulldogs had an upsetting loss against Thomas County Central, but the Dogs avenged that loss February 28 with a scorching 11-3 win against Miller County.

The starting lineup for the 2011 Thomasville Bulldogs includes senior pitcher Tanner Warren, junior second and third baseman Jonathan Cooley, sophomore first baseman Matt Allen, senior left fielder and third baseman Thomas Cone, freshman catcher Tyler Clay, freshman short stop Payton Dixon, junior left fielder Tre’veon Smith, sophomore center fielder Brian Miller, and sophomore right fielder Preston Nix.

“We have many weaknesses [but] we just don’t know what they are yet. It is too early in the season to really know,” says head coach Erik McDougald. “The biggest strength we have is having so much team chemistry. They get along very easily.”

Matt Allen says the team’s priorities are in line. “Our priorities are God, family, school, and then baseball,” he says. “I feel like we are going to have a special season. Every day in practice there is a swagger about us, and we get after it every single day.”

The seniors this year are Warren, Cone, Brandon McLendon, Jeff Dyson and Willie Battle. Warren, Times-Enterprise 2010 Pitcher of the Year, has done a good job on the mound thus far. Cone has had a great start to the season as a utility-fielder. Dyson, McLendon and Battle will be pinch courtesy runners for Thomasville.

After non-region play at Dodge County’s Diamond Classic, the Bulldogs will begin region play March 11.

Boys Soccer
by Samantha Miles

The Thomasville High boys soccer team will give their all after graduating more than half of their players last spring. The defending AA state champions start the 2011 season under coach Keith Gwaltney.

The boys’ current 3-2 record includes extreme wins and losses against Bainbridge, Lowndes, Berrien, GAC and Fitzgerald. The team scored 1-0 against Bainbridge yet lost 7-2 against Lowndes. The Bulldogs recorded a 2-1 win against Berrien but fell to Greater Atlanta Christian, 9-0. They revived themselves with a 7-0 win against Fitzgerald.

The team includes three seniors, four juniors, five sophomores and six freshmen. “We're rebuilding from last year's loss of seniors,” says sophomore Madison Jones.

Golf Team Tees Off the Season
by Robert Lee

The Thomasville High golf team is off to an undefeated 3-0 start this season, and the Bulldogs plan to continue their winning streak.

The Bulldogs dominated their first match against the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets at the Glen Arven Country Club, Thomasville High’s home course. Their second match, a tri-meet with Cook and Berrien, resulted in another Bulldogs victory. Thomasville scored 180, Berrien scored 187 and Cook scored 211. The Bulldogs then went to Pelham, where they were able to grasp their third consecutive victory.

“The team is very, very good,” says former Bulldogs golfer Hannah Hurst. “Coach Mobley has done such an amazing job at perfecting the talent of these fine young men.”

The Bulldogs consists of seniors Cole Bracey, West Spence and McKinley Day; juniors Chad Kelly and Sam Sewell;  sophomores Madison Jones, George Lilly, Jackson Harris and Randy Herndon; and freshmen Henry Yant and Matthew Huddleston.

“It’s really fun and relaxing to go out there and practice,” Yant says. “Everybody I play with respects the course and their opponents.”

Coach Mobley says, “I have high hopes for the group this year, I expect everyone to have a really good season, especially the seniors.”

Track Team Starts Strong
by Joana Russell

The Thomasville High School track team is hoping for a successful season. The runners practice three days a week from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. under the supervision of Coaches Stewart and Taylor. “We’re building [the team] this year,” says Stewart.

Track meets consist of individual sprints and endurance runs. Field events include high jumps, low jumps, discus and shot put. Team members compete for the shortest times and farthest distances. With a fairly good season last year, the runners are working hard to form an even stronger team. The team focuses on building physical and mental strength. This discipline helps with other sports as well.

Runners who have shown promise are Grif Rutherford, Kim Henderson, Brianna Blackshear and Cole Mickens. Discus and shot put competitors who show potential are Dominique Wilson, Jeffrey Ross and Lewis King.

“[Track] is a great way to relieve boredom and keep in shape,” says Blackshear.  Another runner, Jaylin Forbes, says, “Track is great for seeing friends and learning the importance of running.”

Girls Have Goals
by Chase Harbour

Thomasville High will look to returning players for leadership on the girls varsity soccer team this year.  Seniors Bonnie Gaupp, Emily Sterling, Courtnee Holton, Arisha Stafford and Kierra Jackson are among the team’s eight returning players.  Coach Martha Murray also expects underclassmen to step up and start this year.

According to Murray, the key to victory this year is “everyone working hard, working together and supporting each other. The bar is the same: region champs for the ninth year in a row and to enter state play. [Players need to stay] healthy and stay playing at our best.” She also noted the importance of goalie Rebekah Hunnewell having a good season.

The Thomasville girls soccer team advanced to the second round in the playoffs last year. The team hopes to surpass that performance this year as many private schools have moved to a different division.
The girls’ record of 2-2 includes victories over Fitzgerald and Berrien County.

March 2011

Amberlyn ClarkSwimmers Dive to Region Success
by Amberlyn Clark

SwimmersThe Thomasville High School swim team ended another very successful season by defeating Albany to earn its sixth consecutive Region 1-AA championship. Thomasville’s boys and girls teams towered over Albany, 119-38 and 131-17, respectively.  Head coach Dean Ferrell states that he is pleased with the team’s accomplishments this year and he continues to expect great things.

The Bulldogs swimming roster includes freshmen Ryan Davis, Stanford Hancock, Justin Hickman, Jacob Latz, Nil Patel, Zach Webb and Henry Yant; sophomores Megan Harding, Kara Meng, Hannah Pell, Katie Scharff, Caitlin Tabacchi and Rosalie White; juniors Samantha Clark, Catherine Parker, Shradha Patel, Amber Stewart and Caitlyn Stroh; and senior Shivani Patel.

The swimmers seem to have a passion for the sport and they enjoy competing.  Yant says that swimming has been something fun and new to try while Tabacchi says she has always been good at the sport.  “It’s a fun sport to compete in,” adds Scharff. “I like to try [to] beat my previous times.”

Myah EngramKinsley MaxwellSpencer Strides to Success
by Myah Engram and Kinsley Maxwell

Kierrica SpencerThomasville High School senior Kierrica Spencer has been playing basketball since age 12. The senior point guard enjoys providing leadership to her team and says she can’t keep the basketball out of her hands.

“I'm so passionate about the game because it's fun, exciting, and the crowd just gets me started,” Spencer says, adding that she will miss the dedicated fans who attend Friday and Saturday night games and cheer Thomasville to victory. Spencer also says she will miss her teammates after graduation, but she plans to continue basketball at Georgia Southern University.

Spencer's favorite professional basketball player is Rajon Rondo, who plays for the Boston Celtics. Rondo and Spencer have a similar playing style.  They are both good at making key passes and know the game well. Spencer says Rondo is a good point guard, makes good decisions on and off the floor, and is very tough.

Spencer says that her strengths are ball handling and knowing who is on and off the floor. “I would say my weakness is controlling my emotions,” she says.

With a great player on her way to the top, Thomasville fans are enjoying a good year from Spencer.

Hannah HurstThomasville Boys Swish Through the Season
by Hannah Hurst

HoopfestThomasville High School boys basketball tipped off a great season with coach Ben Tillman leading the way. The boys entered the season as second-year region champs and Hoopfest champions.

The team began region play with a 91-65 win against Early County, in which Robert Carter scored 29 points while Willie Clayton scored 24 with four shots blocked. This game marked Thomasville’s first region win and increased the team record to 10-1.

Region opponents include Fitzgerald, Cook, Early County and Albany. The Bulldogs play 25 regular season games prior to region and state competition. They also play in various tournaments, including Holiday Hoopfest, Capital City Classic and the City of Palms Classic.

The holiday break provided tournament wins for the boys. At the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee, Florida, the Bulldogs won two games and Willie Clayton was named tournament MVP with an average of 24.5 points. Thomasville hosted the COGI/Seminole Wind Holiday Hoopfest and started off with a win against Mitchell County followed by another win against Lee County. The Bulldogs beat the Randolph-Clay Red Devils, 79-57, on the final night of the tournament, ending with an 8-1 tournament record and reaching their goal of 20 points per quarter.

Thomasville also knocked out Region 1-AA teams Cook County (43-40) and Brooks County (79-32). Starting players shared the task of scoring points:  Clayton scored 20 points against Cook and 27 against Brooks County; Trey Gosier scored nine against Cook and 11 against Brooks; and Carlton Butts sunk eight against Cook and 10 against Brooks.

The cross-county rivalry between Thomasville and Thomas County Central ended in a split with the Yellow Jackets winning 74-65 on their home court and the Bulldogs avenging that loss with a 71-55 win on their home turf before a sold-out crowd.  Butts recorded some long-shot three-pointers while Carter racked up 16 points and a breakaway dunk.  Clayton also contributed by scoring a game-high 26 points.

Coach Benjamin Tillman has coached across the country in different leagues. This is his fourth year as the head coach of the Thomasville High School boys basketball team following seven years as assistant coach. Tillman expects his team to play hard and to continue successfully in the postseason.

Butts and Justin Forbes are the Bulldogs’ only seniors this year.  The team shares a special relationship that they all know is vital to success.  “I’ve learned that if a team isn’t close, then there’s no way they are going to get on the court and play together to win ball games,” Butts says. “The team is very strong. We fight hard and we do what it takes to win. We’re also getting closer as a family,” says Forbes.

The 2009-2010 team graduated lots of talent with the seniors Fred Holton, Charles Hayes, Anthony Anderson and Sean D. Coleman, but Tillman says that he is proud of the dedication shown by his current players and they do what he asks and really try to succeed.

Forbes plans to attend Columbus State and says he will always remember Tillman’s will to win.  Butts will play football at Saint Augustine and wishes the younger players all the best and hopes they “win it all.”

Matt AllenFacility Provides Tools for Success
by Matt Allen

Baseball FacilityThe Thomasville High School baseball team received a belated Christmas gift when the school’s new indoor hitting facility was completed January 29.

The batting cage stretches 44 by 74 feet with two tunnels and a drop net for soft toss and tee work. The batting cage matches the color of Bryant-Gardner Stadium and blends in with the surrounding atmosphere of the sports complex.  Outside the facility is a new three-wide bullpen for pitchers.

“This is going to set things off,” says coach Erik McDougald. “My vision is to come in and landscape the entire field.”

Darrell Allen, a 14-year Thomasville City Schools Board member says, “The batting cage provides a safe and efficient place for baseball and softball [teams] to practice. The school system is charged with providing safety and the best possible tools for success. The building will give the teams and individual players the opportunity to work in safe conditions and can be an effective tool for getting better at baseball or softball.”

The Bulldogs have already put the batting cage to good use. “The indoor facility will allow us to divide up our practice between JV and varsity and ultimately get more hitting reps and more ground balls,” McDougald adds.

February 2011

Myah EngramKinsley MaxwellSeven Seniors Leading the Way
by Myah Engram and Kinsley Maxwell

FlexboneFlexboneThe Thomasville High School girls basketball team, coached by Thomas McAboy, has been dominating every opponent that has come their way. Starting players for the Lady Bulldogs are seniors Audreka Davis, Carmenonique Dawson, Kierrica Spencer and Maya Taylor, and sophomore Bree Brown.  The team also includes seniors Miracle Edmonds, Kyania Morris and Aneesia Sexion.

Davis, Dawson, Spencer and Taylor have been playing together since middle school. Davis says that she will miss her teammates once she graduates, especially the seniors.  “I will definitely miss my girls and the bond that we share,” adds Dawson.  Spencer says that she will miss the crowd of fans coming every Friday and Saturday night to cheer the team to victory.

The girls say that the team’s strength is being able to communicate with each other on and off the court and that their weaknesses are the different attitudes and personalities of each girl. Taylor believes the Lady Bulldogs are doing fairly well. “If we plan on winning a state championship, we definitely need to pick up the intensity,” says Taylor.

“I feel as though Coach McAboy is very smart when it comes to the games,” says Spencer. The girls appreciate the time that their coach has given. “He’s a very understandable person,” Davis says.

Brown says it’s a blessing to be playing varsity as the only underclassman starter, but adds, “It feels kind of weird because I’m not playing with my friends.  I sometimes feel separated.” When the seniors graduate, Brown is going to miss them and their encouragement.

Assistant coach Patrice Brunner is a former Thomasville High School basketball player who was part of the 2004 Final Four team coached by Margie York. Brunner also played for the University of South Alabama.  “Coach Brunner is a cool person and she expects a lot out of us,” says Edmonds.

The team’s strengths are speed and their ability to handle and shoot the ball.  Their weakness is size.  McAboy has high hopes for his five starters and says that they are very talented and interchangeable, especially Taylor and Brown.  McAboy believes his team can make it “all the way” if their minds are clear and focused.

Thomasville High recently hosted their annual Cogi/Seminole Wind Holiday Hoopfest, held December 21-23.  The girls finished 3-0, beating Lee County, Dodge County and Randolph Clay. McAboy says the Hoopfest helped his team. “I feel as though this helped the girls build momentum and confidence.  I saw a lot of improvement.”

Matt AllenTriple Option Dawgs Dominate Defenses
by Matt Allen

FlexboneThe Thomasville Bulldogs employ a unique type of football offense. The triple option is a famous offense that has been used for many years. The triple option also went through a phase of little use, which stretched through the 1990s, but it is again becoming popular. Thomasville used a type of triple option out of the I-formation in the ’80s and early ’90s.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is a triple-option mastermind who has increased the use and awareness of the triple option. He is famous for running the flexbone, a triple option formation at Navy.

The flexbone is a run-first offense that features a quarterback, three running backs, and a combination of wide receivers and tight ends. The flexbone is a double slot offense and a full back. The two smaller, quicker running backs are called the a-backs or slot backs. The s-backs line up behind the line of scrimmage on both sides. The fullback or b-back lines up behind the quarterback.

The bread and butter of the flexbone is the triple option. In this play, the quarterback sends an a-back in motion, then the center hikes the ball to the quarterback. The fullback either takes the ball from the quarterback or the quarterback pulls the ball. If the fullback takes the ball, he runs straight ahead and tries to gain yardage. If he doesn't take the ball, he is used as a decoy and gets hit.

If the quarterback pulls the football, he sprints parallel to the line of scrimmage with an a-back trailing him. The quarterback either turns upfield to run or he pitches the ball to the a-back. The veer is the most important part of the flexbone and is often used.

Thomasville is one of the few teams to use the flexbone, and they have had success using this formation.

January 2011

Twin Towers Taking Charge
by Myah Engram and Kinsley Maxwell

Willie ClaytonRobert CarterThe Thomasville High School basketball team, coached by Ben Tillman, is ready for a great season. Returning juniors Robert Carter and Willie Clayton, known as the “Twin Towers,” are hungry for the championship.

Carter and Clayton are the most talented combination of Bulldogs since Ladarius Hall and Jamar Moore in 2007. With each having a height of 6'8”, they'll be able to defeat any team that comes their way.

Carter has been playing since the age of two. His dad taught him how to play, which makes him love basketball even more. His position is power forward. Over the summer, Carter played with college camps in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. He's also been to the NBA training camp in Atlanta. Carter says he averages about 16 points per game. He states that his strengths are shooting and handling the ball, and his weakness is conditioning. Carter thinks that if they stay focused like they did last year, they'll be able to make it to their championship game and win.

Clayton has been playing basketball since he was six. He says he enjoys it because it's a fun sport and it keeps a young man, like himself, off the streets. His position is power forward. Over the summer, Clayton played with Argentina for the USA and also AAU teams for California, which was part of the Each One Teach One program. He's also been to nine training camps, including those offered by Georgia, Florida and Mercer. He has been recruited by UGA, Florida State, Auburn, Memphis and Stanford. Clayton says that he averages about 30 points per game. His strengths are being able to power dribble and his weakness is shooting.  

Clayton hopes that his team will be able to win all of their games and go to state. “I'm just going to pray and let God deal with the rest,” Clayton says.

The varsity Bulldog basketball team consists of two seniors: Carlton Butts and Justin Forbes. With the youthful power of the remainder of the team, Bulldog fans can look forward to great seasons in the future.

Swimmers Splash into the Season
by Hannah Hurst

SwimmerSwimming season has started for Thomasville High School and the team is ready. Coach Ferrell and the high school swimmers prepared for meets with determination and high expectations to reach the state competition. Ferrell says, “We have won the region championship for five years. I'm hoping for a sixth, and I have some girls that could make it to state in relays.”

Last year, the team was Region Champion and won just about every event, but teams must have very fast times to qualify for state. The biggest competition is at the invitational swim meets where there are 20-30 teams competing.

The high school team is also pleased with the formation of a middle school program organized by Wes Davis that will gain competition experience for the upcoming high school years.  

The Bulldogs swim team practices Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m. The swimmers compete in relays and singles. Strokes include the backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle.

This year's roster includes seven freshman boys: Ryan Davis, Stanford Hancock, Justin Hickman, Jacob Latz, Nil Patel, Zach Webb and Henry Yant; six sophomore girls: Megan Harding, Kara Meng, Hannah Pell, Katie Scharff, Caitlin Tabacchi and Rosalie White; five junior girls: Samantha Clark, Catherine Parker, Shradha Patel, Amber Stewart and Caitlyn Stroh; and one senior girl: Shivani Patel.

The result of THS’s first dual meet with Thomas Country Central was a win for boys and girls, both middle and high school. Top scores in the varsity division went to Stewart and Davis.  

Their second competition, a three-way meet with Decatur High School and Thomas County Central High School, was a split with the girls taking the top position and the boys coming in second.  Top swimmers for Thomasville were Harding and Davis.   

Ferrell swam for his college swim team at Emory, and in his senior year, replaced a team diver. He later became a pro diver with the Great American High Diving Team for six years.

December 2010

Thomasville Runners Capture Region Championship
by Joana Russell

Region 1AA ChampsThe Thomasville High School cross country team finished strong in its 2010 season by winning the Region 1-AA championship. Individual runners Rosalie White and Grif Rutherford were awarded first place medals. After a great season at the region and state levels in 2009, runners were pumped and ready for a series of meets this year.

The season opener was a three-way meet at Greenwood Plantation with local teams from Thomas County Central High School and Brookwood School. Next was the Lee County Invitational, where the boys finished fourth overall and the girls finished third, followed by the Bainbridge Bearcat Invitational, where the boys and girls both finished fourth overall.

The team was proud to host its second home meet at Pebble Hill Plantation. The GHSA-certified course is the setting for a 5K community charity run that takes place just before the high school meet. Members of the cross country team volunteered to organize the Pebble Hill Quail Trail event, which included over 300 runners who successfully raised funds for Archbold Hospital’s Lewis Singletary Oncology Center.

The month of October began with the Cougar Challenge in Tallahassee, Florida, where the boys finished 11th and the girls finished ninth. Another local meet, the Yellow Jacket Invitational, followed at Greenwood Plantation, where the boys finished second and the girls finished third. The team came into their own at the Region 1-AA championship with the boys and girls teams’ first-place victories. Sophomore Rosalie White ran 23:02 at Pebble Hill to take first place in region and fellow sophomore Grif Rutherford ran 18:28 to win first place for the boys.

The Bulldogs traveled to Carrollton for the state meet, where the boys team placed 16th overall and the girls team placed 13th.   Rutherford placed seventh in the state meet with a time of 17:17 while White placed 38th with a time of 22:03.

Under the supervision of coach Vanisa Brown and volunteer coach Helen Fennelly, cross country team members practiced Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. Workouts were designed to increase speed and endurance. Every athlete is evaluated and given individual targets based on their current abilities, but the entire team usually runs three to five miles at every practice. Individual goals are modified as the season progresses. The team is goal-oriented and works together to meet them, but each person has an individual goal. A good meet is one where runners set personal records, meaning their best-ever time at that distance. At the Lee County Invitational, 12 boys and five girls set personal records.

Thomasville City Schools is the only school system in Region 1-AA to include a middle school cross country team, which helps runners to be more confident and experienced by the time they reach high school. The middle school team includes eighth-graders T.J. Witherspoon, Neil White, Rhett Rutherford, Jacob Bruhn, Hank Sofferin and Gene Autry.    Middle-schoolers typically compete over a two-mile distance as opposed to the 5K that the high school athletes run.

The middle school team competed in the SWGA Middle School Championship in Bainbridge October 16 and the boys won.  Although there were not enough girl runners to field a full team, seventh-grader Jacara Hayes finished third overall for the girls and Rebecca Jane White finished 10th. Witherspoon competed in one 5K race, which was open to JV runners.  His time of 20:07 would have had him finish as the third runner on the varsity squad.

Cross country is a fantastic sport for all types of athletes. Many use it as training for other sports or to build personal strength and endurance. Others use it to relieve stress, expend energy or quench their thirst for competition. Competing against other runners provides motivation but each runner is also competing against himself to achieve a better score than he previously had.

Another loved trait about the sport is its versatility. While other sports can get monotonous in their venues, cross country running takes place at many different settings. At meets, high school competitors run first – girls, then boys – and after that, the middle school teams compete. The first five runners’ times are added together to make the score. The lowest time score wins.  

Cheerleaders Bring it On!
by Caroline Smith

CheerleadersThe Thomasville High School competition cheerleading team blasted into the 2010 season with a new look on the floor. Coached by LouAnn Pilcher and assisted by Dana Rollings, the squad is led by seniors Alex Bighamss, Cierra Ross, Courtnee Holton and Aysha Revels.

Experience has been the key to the team’s victories this season. The cheerleading team has 17 cheerleaders and 15 of those are returning cheerleaders. “We are a growing squad,” Pilcher says.

Thomasville began the season with its first competition in Tifton, where THS was disappointed with a fifth-place standing. The girls knew they had to do something to improve the routine. They completely changed the ending and made it exciting for the crowd. It ends with an extension arabesque then moves to the floor with a fast-paced swoop to the ground.

With renewed confidence, Thomasville traveled to Moultrie for the 2nd Annual Packer Classic. The girls placed first in the competition, capturing their first-ever, first-place finish in two years. Thomasville's new routine was a success!

The third competition, the Last Chance Cheer Classic, was hosted at Worth County High. The girls placed first again with improved scores. With no deductions or falls throughout the whole routine, the team headed to the region championship pumped and ready to go on November 6. “There is going to be some tough competition at region, but the girls have improved so much that we all have high hopes on making it to state,” says Coach Pilcher.  

Jeff “The Jet” Dyson
by Matt Allen

Jeffery DysonJeff Dyson, also known as “The Jet” because of his outstanding speed, is a local football celebrity in Thomasville. Dyson began his scholastic football career at MacIntyre Park Middle School in Thomasville as a quarterback in the seventh grade. He led that team to a middle school championship and an undefeated season. The middle school team had numerous talented players on the team, but Dyson was a standout playmaker. Once Dyson got to the outside, no one could catch him. In his eighth-grade season, Dyson led his team to another championship. They lost an overtime thriller to Cairo in the last game of the season. They went on to play Cairo again and beat them.

Entering his freshman season at Thomasville High School, Dyson played wide receiver. He wore number 19 and blocked most of the time. Even as a freshman, high school teams worried about Dyson and made a game plan to hold him down. Dyson changed to number 2 in his outstanding sophomore season, playing “A” back the majority of the season. He often scored on the outside pitch toss. He would hit the corner and no one would catch him. Dyson also helped the team at defensive back. In the last round of region playoffs, Bulldogs quarterback Charles Hayes went down and Dyson had to play quarterback against Dublin. Thomasville lost, but Dyson had a great game and almost led the Bulldogs to a victory.

Dyson's junior year was expected to be great and it was. Dyson lined up at “A” back and made the triple-option offense a dynamic threat. He also played a little quarterback and the coaching staff used him out of a wildcat formation. Once again, Dyson had an opportunity to shine in region playoffs as the starting quarterback against Jefferson County. He played another great game and Thomasville lost in another overtime thriller.

Entering his senior season at Thomasville, Dyson prevailed as the starting quarterback and has dominated on the ground since. He has 1,122 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Dyson is running down the historic rushing record at Thomasville. Going into the last regular season game against Berrien High, he had about 250 yards remaining to beat the record. Dyson has left his mark upon Thomasville High School’s historic football tradition and will always be remembered for what he has done on the field.

Entering into his senior season at Thomasville, Dyson prevailed as the starting quarterback and has dominated on the ground since. He went into the last game with 1,122 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Dyson succeeded in surpassing the historic rushing record of 1,383 yards at Thomasville Highs School previously set by Alfonzo Ellis 1986. The new single-season rushing record is now 1,406 yards.  Dyson also set the single-game rushing record at 284.

With the playoffs ahead of the team, Dyson could still break the season-plus-playoffs record of 1,690 yards previously set by William Andrews in 1974.   Dyson has left his mark on the Thomasville High School historic football tradition and will always be remembered for what he has done on the field.

Thomasville Remembers Senior Bulldogs
by Chase Harbour and Matt Allen

Thomasville High School will graduate 23 seniors from its football team this year. These players grew up together, playing youth and middle school sports, and are now ending their high school football experience with pride.

Harry Bankston has been with the Thomasville Bulldogs for four years, playing long snapper and on the defensive line. Willie Battle is a starting safety for THS who recently played wide receiver. He puts forth great effort in practice and improves team chemistry. Parker Bush is one of the offensive line’s leaders. He is in his third year starting for THS as a guard. Carlton Butts is THS's starting center and another offensive line leader. He also has played defense and claims the game-winning sack against Lovett in the first game of the 2010 season.

Trey Bryant is the starting “B” back, or fullback, for Thomasville. Stephen Cao is a defensive back who greatly contributes to team chemistry and is one of the first players on the practice field. Josh Davis is one of the starting safeties and also plays “A” back, or wing back. He is one of the fastest and most athletic players on the team. Eric Donald plays on the defensive line and is on the starting rotation. He has been a vital part of Thomasville's defense.

Jeff Dyson is the fastest player. He is this year’s starting quarterback and is close to setting a THS all-time rushing record. Keith Jenkins is also in the starting defensive line rotation. He is always getting the team fired up for big games. Jeremy Johnson plays on the defensive line. He is easily one of Thomasville's most underrated players this year. He is very quick off the line and is so talented the opposing team has a difficult time stopping him.

Brandon McLendon is the starting wide receiver for Thomasville. He has the fastest pro agility time on the team. Ryheam McHellon is the starting wide receiver for Thomasville. He has made quite a few catches late in the game. Donterio Perkins plays defensive back and holds field goals and return punts. He has come up big on the defensive side. Anthony Pistelli is the kicker for Thomasville and a vital part of the team’s success. Tommy Samuel is a wide receiver for Thomasville. He has come up big for the ‘Dogs by catching the fade pass in the end zone.

Rodney Simmons plays wide receiver for Thomasville. He has brought team chemistry to the Bulldogs in practice. Deion “Gator” Stringer plays linebacker. Stringer has been playing for three years now and has made great plays on defense. Bradley Weatherspoon played offensive tackle and punter for Thomasville until he was seriously injured during the second game of the season.  Weatherspoon has been a great inspiration to this team.

Famous Wilcher plays middle linebacker for Thomasville and is proof that “All hard work yields a profit.” Wilcher will be missed on the defensive side of the ball. Tyree Williams plays offensive guard and defensive tackle for Thomasville. He has started for three years now and has been a leader on the team. Derrick Wyche is a defensive back. He has worked hard his four years at Thomasville and offers good team morale.

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