THOMSON, Ga. (WJBF) — The 4A No. 2 Thomson Bulldogs will host No. 4 Jefferson in the state semifinals on Friday night.
After Jefferson won a coin flip to determine which team would host the semifinal game, the GHSA ruled the Dragons stadium did not meet the minimum permanent seating requirements to host a 4A state semifinal game. The rule states the school must have 4,000 permanent seats in order to host a semifinal game. Therefore, because both Thomson and Jefferson are No. 1 seeds, the game was moved to the Brickyard, which according to head coach Rob Ridings, has 5,700 permanent seats.
“In retrospect, we should have never flipped a coin because we’re both one seeds, their stadium did not meet the requirements of 4,000 permanent seats, ours did, so it should have come to us right off the bat,” Ridings said.
The Bulldogs said they’re excited for one more game at the Brickyard with a trip to the state finals on the line.
“It’s the first time since 2002 Thomson has been in the semifinals and a lot of our guys were probably two or three years old at that time,” Ridings said. “It’s going to be an awesome environment and the thing we’ve been telling our guys all week long [is] we’re 48 minutes from the Georgia Dome.”
The seniors want to cement their legacy in Thomson history.
“I just want to play Friday and find out what’s going to happen,” senior defensive end Will Roberts said. “I’m so excited, everybody wants to go all the way, so it’s going to be great.”
Thomson (13-0) handed Jefferson (12-1) its only loss of the season in week three with a 42-20 victory.
The semifinal game will kick off at 7:30 p.m.