Jan. 30—THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Bulldogs capped off their 2023 football season with an awards banquet on Monday night. Thomasville had a good year on the gridiron in 2023, finishing the year 6-6 with a 3-1 record in region play. They picked up big wins throughout the year like a 42-23 win over 6A Tift County and a 51-0 stomping of Columbus. The Bulldogs made it to the second round of the playoffs where they fell to Calvary Day, but not before they ended Harlem's season in the first round with a game- winning touchdown in the final seconds.
While honoring players, staff and volunteers, head coach Jonathan DeLay regaled those in attendance about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the lessons of the 2023 season.
"There's a saying that nothing worth doing is easy," DeLay said. "And to say this season was easy and without its ups and downs would be far from the truth. This group can honestly say they were put through the logistical trials of high school football. In life we're hit with ups and downs, and our response at any of those times effects the outcome."
He didn't miss a single person as DeLay was sure to thank everyone who had anything to do with the football program this year, making sure everyone got the recognition they deserved.
Each player was recognized as a part of the Thomasville Bulldogs 2023 football team, with the Seniors being saved for last as the crowd roared with applause. Students with the highest GPAs on the team were also honored as the coaching staff explained the significance of academics within their program.
Players who receive All-Regions and All-State selections were recognized as well for their accomplishments on the field.
The highlight of the night were the Legacy Awards. Six legacy awards, named after former Bulldogs, that highlight the strength of character in players like toughness, leadership and courage that embody what it means to be a Bulldogs. Andrew Bennett, Tyreek Williams, Rah'Quez Smiley, Cole Shaw, Brandt Herndon and Keshawn Jordan all received legacy awards.