In the heart of Georgia, a classic high school football rivalry is set to ignite once again as the Thomasville Bulldogs clash with the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets. The stage is set at the iconic Jackets’ Nest, where these two fierce competitors will battle it out in the 57th installment of their historic matchup. This highly anticipated contest is a part of the 20th season of the Great American Rivalry Series, showcasing the intensity and tradition that defines high school football.

With an all-time series record of 27-28-1, the Thomasville vs. Thomas County Central rivalry is one of the most evenly matched in America. Over the years, these two teams have provided fans with unforgettable moments and nail-biting finishes, making this showdown a must-watch event for football enthusiasts.

Rick Ford, the founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, shared his thoughts on this marquee matchup, stating, “The Thomasville vs. Thomas County Central rivalry is a true testament to the spirit of high school football. These two communities come together, leaving it all on the field, and this year’s game promises to be another chapter in their storied history.”

The last encounter between these two powerhouses saw Thomas County Central emerge victorious with a resounding 31-0 win. The Bulldogs are hungry for redemption and eager to make a statement on August 25th this year. The atmosphere is expected to be electric, with an estimated 8,000 fans converging to witness this clash of titans.

As kickoff approaches, anticipation hangs in the air, and both teams are prepared to leave everything on the gridiron. The Rose City Rumble holds a special place in the hearts of these communities, symbolizing their shared love for the game and the pride they take in representing their respective schools.

Will Thomasville reclaim bragging rights, or will Thomas County Central continue their dominance in this long-standing rivalry? There’s only one way to find out – join us under the Friday night lights and witness the intensity, passion, and pure football excitement that is the Thomasville vs. Thomas County Central showdown.

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Tre'Von Pringle
Thomas County Central


Kris Wilhelm

Thomas County Central

Kris is a straight A student who earned AP Scholar with honors last year and has twice been awarded the Envision Scholar Athlete award. Throughout high school Kris has also participated in cross country and soccer and is a member of the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, iLead, National Honor Society, Key Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After high school he plans to attend Valdosta State University to major in education so he can teach and coach in the future.
Brandt Herndon


Brandt is a 4 year Scholar Athlete that has participated in Football and Golf all 4 years. He is currently a member of the GHSA Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Brandt is an active member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, a member of the Key Club, an Eagle Scout, and a member of the First Methodist Church. After Graduation, Brandt plans to attend the University of Georgia and is currently undecided on his major.


In a highly anticipated and iconic rivalry match in Georgia, the stakes were notably high as the Bulldogs and Thomas County faced off on the football field. The Bulldogs kicked off the game on a strong note, securing the first touchdown of the night. However, Thomas County's Trey Brenton responded with a 10-yard rushing touchdown, putting his team in the lead with a score of 14-7 with 7 minutes remaining in the first half. Thomas County's momentum didn't wane as they continued to make an impact on the scoreboard. Their offense scored two more touchdowns quickly with a strong rushing attack and added a field goal after opening up their passing game with a deep ball that set the successful field goal attempt. As the first half concluded, the Yellow Jackets of Thomas County had established a commanding 31-7 lead. Carrying their lead throughout the third and fourth quarters, the Yellow Jackets maintained complete control throughout the game resulting in a dominant performance on the field and a convincing victory with a final score of 45-7 on the scoreboard. It was the Yellow Jackets night this year in this great rivalry and bodes well for their 2023 goal of another deep run into the playoffs.