The Thomson Bulldog football team celebrated Fan Day Saturday at The Brickyard.

While the heat index was in the high 90s, football players, coaches, and cheerleaders met with dozens of people from the community.

Team pictures were taken early in the day and the visits by fans provided a great top off to the day.

Bulldog head coach Michael Youngblood said the team was coming together nicely during the run-up to the season.

“We have had the advantage of being together as a team since the season ended,” the coach said.

“Whereas before last year’s season we had a real limited time since I was hired so late in the year. I look for the familiarity that we’ve gained to pay-off as the season progresses.”

The coach added that there is pretty stiff competition going on at some spots and that the Dogs are looking forward to the year.

“We’ve had three camps, and that has helped with chemistry and getting things down,” Youngblood said.

On Aug. 16, the Dogs head west down Interstate 20 to Oconee County to face the Warriors in a preseason scrimmage.

The regular season kicks off the next Friday night at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard when the Yellow Jackets of North Augusta High School, S.C. come to town.

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