The Thomson Bulldogs will finish spring practice Friday night at The Brickyard.
The 10 days allowed for contact have been a continuation as the Dogs prepare for the 2019 season, said Michael Youngblood, Bulldog head coach.
”This spring game against Burke County will allow us to do some evaluation in a game setting for the first time this year,” said Youngblood. “We have some young guys who are being asked to play some significant minutes, and it will give us a chance to work on things so we can be a better team this upcoming season.”
The coach said the team was looking to break in a new quarterback as well as depth on offensive line and running backs.
“There will be new players stepping into the fold and it will give a bunch of receivers who were freshman last year a chance to further step up as upcoming sophomores,” he said, while adding that defensively the Dogs will look for linemen, linebackers, and secondary spots.
The coach said he and other coaches are working to build depth and competition at every position.
“If something happens to a starter, we want to be able to go to the next person without too much of a drop in ability and that’s critical,” he said.
While the spring practice and game is a chance for contact, Youngblood said the team has been working agility and weight training.
A Liftathon allowed players to help offset the new $30 fee being charged for playing sports at the school
“We max out on weights and then the players will get people to pledge per pound or make a donation in that player’s name,” said Youngblood, adding that the fees help offset some of the fees within the program.
The spring game is set for Friday in The Brickyard. At 5 p.m. the middle school will play.
“We wanted to give the middle schoolers an opportunity to play as they have participated in spring practice and never get a chance to play in the spring,” said the coach.
At 7 p.m., the high school players will begin with the varsity playing the first half. The JV will play the third quarter and 9th graders will play the final quarter.
Admission to the games is $7 and concessions will be available.