Former Thomasville coach Mike Hodges was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 2, 2012. His 15 year career record at Thomasville, Miller Co., West Rome and Cairo was 149-35-3 (.805).
1951 was the first year that plastic helmets were worn by the Thomasville Bulldog football team. (source: Gerald Delaney, class of '52)
The Thomasville Bulldogs' most successful 10 year run came from 1965 to 1974 when they won more than 80% of their games (85-17-11, .801).
The Thomasville Bulldogs won more games in the 80's than in any other decade (88-29-2, .748), but they had a better winning percentage in the 70's (84-24-3, .770).
When Thomasville defeated Dublin on November 9th 2001, the Bulldogs became only the second program in the state of Georgia to win 600 games all time. Valdosta was first to reach this milestone.
Tough region! From 1970 to 1994, Thomasville was a member of region 1-AAA/1-AAAA. During that time, a member of this region played for a state championship 15 of those 25 years, winning 13 of them!
1988 was a great year for Thomasville teams as three different football programs from three different states named Thomasville won state titles.
The Thomasville Bulldogs from North Carolina, the Thomasville Tigers from Alabama and of course our own Thomasville Bulldogs all won state titles in the sport of football that year.
The first season opening loss for a Thomasville team came on Sept. 19, 1947 against Monticello. Prior to that year, Thomasville had won 31 of their first 32 season openers. The only blemish, a 0-0 tie against Bainbridge in 1919.
A Thomasville High football team has never had a winless season. However, their worst season ever came in 2015 when they finished with a 1-8 record.
The first touchdown scored at Veterans Memorial Stadium was on November 25, 1948 against Albany. Bulldog QB Irwin Mitchell threw a pass from the 45 yard line to Charley Harrell who hauled it in on the 8 yard line, then raced across for the score. Thomasville won that game 21-19.
Only 4 players in Thomasville Bulldog history have been a member of 4 consecutive region championship teams. They are Ralph Norman, Joe Harvard, Marcus Luke and Russ Bowers (1956-1959).
In 1993 Thomasville and Thomas Co. Central played each other for the AAA State Championship. It was only the second time that two teams from the same town played each other for the title in the state of Georgia!
Westminster and North Fulton of Atlanta played each other for the AA title in 1971. (source: GHSFHA.org)
When the 1925 Bulldog squad tied the Wildcats of Enterprise Alabama, it was the Wildcats' 8th tie against only one defeat and 38 wins dating back to 1921.
Thomasville has a 65-33-3 (.658) all time record in season openers (1914-2015).
Thomasville has been ranked #1 in the state for 124 different weeks since 1956. (source: GHSFHA.org)
Thomasville has had 93 different players named to an All State team (AJC, AP, GACA) and 56 of those were first team All State. (source: GHSFHA.org)
Thomasville has a record of 280-99-9 (.733) at Veteran's Memorial Stadium (1948-2015).
Thomasville has played in 17 semi-final games since 1941. Thomasville has a 7-10 record in semi-final games.
Former Thomasville coach Jim Hughes was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on June 6, 2009.
His 30 year career record at Thomasville and Colquitt Co. was 247-102-4 (.705).
Thomasville's 40-0 win over Valdosta in 1974 is still the worst defeat ever for a Wildcat team at historic Bazemore-Hyder Stadium.
Three former NFL All Pro's played their high school football home games at Veteran's Memorial Stadium. They are Thomasville High's William Andrews, Guy McIntyre and Douglass High's Henry Childs.
From 1954 to 1993, Thomasville did not have a losing season. That's 40 straight years!
Thomasville's Al Fann rushed for 4 TD's in the 1973 state championship game against Wheeler. This is a state record for most rushing TD's in a state final. Eight other players in Georgia have also accomplished this. (source: GHSFHA.org)
Thomasville's football team was once nicknamed the 'Tommies'. At some point, they changed their name to the 'Red Cyclone' and it remained that until the 1923 season, when 'Bulldogs' became the new nickname.
Thomasville has lost to Valdosta more times than any other
opponent. Valdosta has defeated Thomasville 59 times (1914-2015).
Thomasville has defeated Bainbridge more times than any other
opponent. Thomasville has recorded 53 wins against Bainbridge since 1916.
Thomasville has been shutout the most by Valdosta. Valdosta has
recorded 28 shutouts against Thomasville (1914-2015).
Thomasville has shutout Bainbridge more than any other opponent.
Thomasville has recorded 33 shutouts against Bainbridge.
Thomasville has been shutout 130 times (1914-2015). This includes
Thomasville High's 2007 squad rolled up 611 yards of offense in a
game against Mitchell Co.. This is a Thomasville High record for most
total yardage in a game. Note: Stat by Jim Rayburn.
Thomasville High registered 6 ties in the 1967 season. This is a
state record. (source: GHSFHA.org)
Thomasville High's 1928 squad only allowed 8 points all year.
This is a Thomasville High record for fewest points allowed in a season.
Thomasville has had 3 former players and 1 former coach inducted
into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. They are Coach J. K. Harper, Jimmy Harper, Guy McIntyre and William Andrews.
Thomasville's first home night game under the lights was played
on Oct. 2, 1936, against the Quitman Pirates. Thomasville won the game by a score of 48-0.
Thomasville played under the lights for the first time in Tifton
against the Blue Devils. It was played on Oct. 18, 1935 and ended in a
Thomasville and Valdosta didn't meet on the gridiron for 28 years (1986-2013) but the Wildcats remain the Bulldogs' most frequent opponent with 81 meetings (1914-2015).
The Bulldogs once played football on a baseball field.
Dicky Thompson was Thomasville's first consensus prep All-American in 1963.
William Andrews scored more rushing touchdowns than anyone else in Bulldog history.