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Bulldogs To Set Major Milestone This Friday: 1,000 Games Played

July 11, 2009 --- Click to print

The Thomasville Bulldogs are nearing a major milestone in high school football - their 1,000th game played.

Thomasville has played 999 games since its first official contest on Saturday, October 10, 1914, against nearby Ochlocknee.

The two teams would never meet again, possibly in thanks to the 55-0 whipping the Thomasville boys put on their neighbors.

And now, 95 years later, Thomasville will become only the second school in Georgia to reach the thousand-game milestone. Valdosta has played 1,073 games, but it did have a year headstart having first played in 1913. Thomasville's second game ever was against those Wildcats. It wasn't pretty at all, with the Wildcats mauling the Thomasville lads 66-0 in Valdosta. But the Thomasville team was just getting started, and they were apparently fast learners. Just three weeks later, when the Wildcats traveled down to Thomasville, the local boys surprised Valdosta with a 7-6 win!

The Bulldogs currently rank sixth on the Georgia all-time wins list, second on the all-time shutout list, and in the top 12 for all-time winning percentage. It is one of only four Georgia schools to claim a national football championship.

The Dogs' 500th game was November 15, 1965, when Thomasville beat Tift County 27-7. Their all-time record is 654 wins, 299 losses, and 46 ties.

Congratulations to the Bulldogs on Thomasville's nearly century of great high school football!

(updated Sept. 28, 2009)