NCHSAA State Playoff Preview
Preparation for Friday's game at East Lincoln has been a bit different than anything to which Thomasville is typically accustomed.
The Mustangs offer a unique challenge with a spread offense that has wracked up points at a dizzying rate, allowing the team to remain unbeaten.
Tasked with the challenge of slowing a pass-first attack, the Bulldog defense will be key in going into Denver and handing the Mustangs their first loss of the season.
"This week, we've got to play exceptionally well to have a chance," said Thomasville assistant coach Dickie Cline. "They've got an explosive offense and we're going to have to play another great defensive game. They stretch the field, throw the ball and their quarterback is very efficient. The defense has really come together (at the end of the season)."
It was the defense that continued to get the ball back for senior running back Gabe Brockett, who accumulated 355 yards rushing and four touchdowns in the Bulldogs' win last week. Thomasville avenged last season's playoff loss with a 55-1Preparation for Friday's game at East Lincoln has been a bit different than anything to which Thomasville is typically accustomed.
The Mustangs offer a unique challenge with a spread offense that has wracked up points at a dizzying rate, allowing the team to remain unbeaten.4 thrashing of Lincolnton six days ago.
"We played well, probably as good as we've played all year," Cline said. "We're just tickled to keep on playing."
If they intend to advance past the third round of the NCHSAA 2-A state playoffs for a second consecutive year, the Bulldogs must create holes for Brockett. He will most likely face seven and eight players in the box yet again this week, but Cline said the team will not waver from its game plan.
Instead, they will continue to add to Brockett's impressive resume, which includes season totals of 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns.
"For us to have a chance, he's got to keep on performing the way he has the last several weeks," Cline said. "A lot depends on him offensively.
We've got to have another stellar game from him, as well as the offensive line. If that happens, we've got a chance."
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