Thomasville’s Region 1-AA hopes may rest on its ability to weather an increasingly imposing storm system.
Still clinging to region title hopes, the Bulldogs will have to win tonight at rival Fitzgerald to stay in the championship picture.
Thomasville, coming off a 35-20 victory over Albany last week, will try to hand the Purple Hurricane their first region defeat. It won’t be easy as Fitzgerald is riding a six-game winning streak.
“The thing about them, their offense is extremely explosive,” Thomasville coach Richie Marsh said. “Defensively, they played a heck of a game last Friday night. I think they’re getting better defensively.
“You can tell it’s getting close to November with them. They’re starting to put things together. They’re always a good team.”
Fitzgerald’s offensive success starts with senior signal-caller and future Valdosta State Blazer Caleb Nobles. Nobles engineered a game-winning drive in last week’s victory over Early County. He connected with Kevin Coney on a 17-yard touchdown pass to lift the Purple Hurricane to a 20-14 victory. Nobles passed for 114 yards against one of the top defenses in the region.
In Fitzgerald’s 49-14 victory over Thomasville in ’09, Nobles missed on just two of his 15 attempts, amassing 234 yards and three touchdowns.
For full story, see Friday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.