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Red-hot Bulldogs to host Panthers in Thomasville
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Evan Wynn (10) and the Thomasville Bulldogs have reeled off seven straight wins coming into Friday night's Class AAA second-round matchup with Liberty County.

The Thomasville Bulldogs enter Friday night’s Class AAA second-round state playoff game against Liberty County on a hot streak.

The Bulldogs have won seven straight games under first-year coach Jonathan DeLay, who took over when Zach Grage left to become head coach at Lowndes. Grage led the Bulldogs to the Class AA state championship game last year against Fitzgerald, where Thomasville fell 21-7 to the Purple Hurricane.

After a 1-3 start to 2022, the Bulldogs rolled through Region 1-AAA. Aside from a 15-14 win over Carver-Columbus, their margin of victory in region games was 30 points per contest. Their losses came to Class A Brooks County, which had been the defending state champs, Class 6A and in-town rival Thomas County Central and Class 4A and longtime rival Cairo.

Liberty County coach Tony Glazer and his team got back to the fieldhouse around 3 a.m. Sunday following the win over Morgan County – and it was right to work on Thomasville, watching footage of the Bulldogs.

“They are a good football team,” Glazer said of the Bulldogs. “They are fast. They’ve got good running backs and a good freshman quarterback. They do everything right. They are not going to beat themselves.”

Thomasville dispatched Jackson 42-21 in its first-round game, outscoring the Red Devils 29-7 in the second half.

Freshman quarterback Camren Hill threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns, and Jay Randall ran for 149 yards and two TDs. Tight end Cole Shaw had 157 yards on seven catches.

On the season, Shaw and senior receiver D.J. Thurman each have six touchdown receptions, and Randall has three interceptions on defense. Senior safety Evan Wynn has 66 tackles on the year, and senior Kamarius Bradshaw has 101 stops to lead the Bulldogs.

Thomasville has one of the oldest and most storied high school football programs in the state. Former Atlanta Falcons star William Andrews and former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Guy McIntyre played there. They were named 1974 national champions, and current Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin played at THS as well.


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