Folks around Thomasville, Georgia will tell you the Thomas Central vs. Thomasville game had its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s. Local legends such as NFL players Eric Curry, Shawn Jones, and Myron Guyton played in the rivalry during this time, along with Charlie Ward Jr., the only Heisman winner to play in the NBA, not the NFL.
Now, though, the rivalry is reinvigorated. Last season, Thomas Central defeated Thomasville 41-7 to even the all-time series 25-25. This season, one team will get the upper hand in this heated rivalry.
Jemari is a three year letterman on the varsity team as well as the track team. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA at Thomasville’s Scholars Academy and is a member of the National Honor Society. Next year, Jemari plans to attend either Georgia Southern or Georgia State and major in graphic design.
In addition to football, Ben also plays baseball and basketball. He was named to the All-Region Football Team in 2017. He is a member of the National Honor Society, competed on the Science Olympiad Team, and was named a Georgia Merit Scholar. Ben plans to go to college next year and pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
HALL OF FAME
Coach Hughes spent 17 seasons coaching the Bulldogs including four years as an assistant from 1966-69 and 13 seasons as a head coach/AD from 1970-82. In the 13 years Coach Hughes spent as head coach, the Bulldogs went 107-34-2, winning back-to-back AAA state titles including a perfect season in 1973 and were named the National High School Champions in the 1974 season. He finished his career in 2000 after 17 years at Colquitt County with an overall record of 247-102-4, adding a state title in 1994. This is the fifth Hall of Fame that Coach Hughes has been inducted into.
Coach Pilcher began coaching the Yellow Jackets in 1991 and, in just two seasons, led them to their first ever state title in 1992. He then followed it up by winning two more in ’93 and ’94, then going for 5 of 6 by adding the ’96 & ’97 titles as well. He finished his career at Thomas Central with an overall record of 169-54. Included in those wins were a dozen victories over rival Thomasville, including the legendary 14-12 win in the 1993 state championship game, which marked the first time that two teams from the same county played for a state title. Coach Pilcher was inducted into the Georgia Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017. He now resides in Nashville with his wife, Lorraine.
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