The Thomasville City Schools recently hired Zach Grage as the new Thomasville High School head football coach. After spending one year in that position at Gilmer County High School, Grage intends to “settle down” back into the heart of South Georgia football.
All of Thomasville Ciity Schools, along with people throughout the community have offered a warm welcome to Coach Grage. Now that the “welcoming phase” for Grage is over, he has huge plans and expectations for the approaching football season.
Coach Grage has big plans for the football team that require big changes in depth and availability of athletes. If asked, almost any male student strolling the hallways of Thomasville High School has been encouraged to try out for the football team. Grage commented that all interested students should try Spring Camp which will have them ‘hooked.’ The involvement of more student-athletes will only benefit the chance of teammates playing and interacting together as family.
Grage looks forward to a support system that will extend well beyond the students and staff who walk the campuses each day. He notes the connection between football and his community.
“When things are going well with the football team, the community tends to run well,” said Grage.
After a tough season for the Bulldogs, people in the community may again be optimistic about coming out on Friday nights. Fans and supporters of both high school football teams in Thomasville are eager to see the Bulldog-Yellow Jacket season opener after two years of delay in the rivalry. For Grage, as well as the players, this may be a chance to show that “traditional” Bulldog football has returned.
Not long ago, the majority of downtown businesses as well as the entire school system held an early release day. Thomasville fans were eager for the second round playoff game that would be held in the Veterans Memorial Stadium. Following a successful year, the Bulldogs held home field advantage for the second round bout. Now rising seniors that cherish those moments are hoping to regenerate that team spirit throughout the entire city. The players that wore the diamond “T” on the side of their helmets that night want to leave a legacy of their own with a packed stadium.
Wins and losses are becoming very important for the entire team off the actual football field. By doing every “little” thing correctly, extravagant success is expected. What may seem boring to most programs is exciting for the Bulldogs to become fundamentally sound in everything they do. Training, lifting, and nutrition have become crucial to players to prepare their bodies for Spring Camp and Summer Camp. An improvement on the football field correlates with the level of seriousness and effort put into every second in the classroom and weight room. Grage hopes that his players can bring confidence and pride to the football field relying on everything they worked for prior to actual game day.
On August 26, 2016, the Bulldogs will kick off their first home game with new Head Football Coach Zach Grage leading the Dogs into Veterans Memorial Stadium against the Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets. THS Bulldog 2016 football schedule is available at http://sa.tcitys.org/athletics-information.