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Thomasville - 1958  State Champion GHSA  AA


Coach: Joe Sumrall

Key players:
Ronald Collins (C, 195, second team all-state)

James Sons

Sept. 12   Baker           41-13  W
Sept. 19   Valdosta        14-20  L A
Sept. 26   Moultrie        6-0    W H to #1 in first Roberts’ Rating
Oct. 3     Tifton          27-0   W A
Oct. 10    Bainbridge      12-7   W A falls to #2, Cairo is #1
Oct. 17    Waycross        7-7    T H falls to #4
Oct. 24    Warner Robins   21-0   W
Oct. 31    Miller County   45-0   W H to #3 at 6-1-1
Nov. 7     Cook County     52-0   W
Nov. 21    Cairo           14-7   W H upset #1,Cairo held to 8yds rushing,clinch 1-AA(S)
Nov. 28    Crisp County    38-0   W H 1-AA championship
Dec. 5     Jesup           14-0   W A
Dec. 12    Avondale        13-13  T H co-champions

Date: Dec. 12, 1958
Site: Veterans Memorial Field (Thomasville)
Coaches: Joe Sumrall (Thomasville) and Calvin Ramsey (Avondale)

Avondale 0-7-0-6--13
Thomasville 0-0-7-6--13

Second Quarter
Avondale – Wilburn Williamson 49 run (Frank James kick)
Third Quarter
Thomasville – Cawood Arrington 2 run (Arrington kick)
Fourth Quarter
Avondale – Eddy Polley 23 from James (kick blocked)
Thomasville – George Herring 26 run (kick failed)

Both teams had a chance to win the game with an extra point. With the score tied 7-7 midway through the fourth, Avondale faced a fourth and six from the Thomasville 23. Quarterback Frank James lofted a high pass to Eddy Polley who caught it against his chest in the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown. Thomasville’s Ray Thompson then gave his team a chance by blocking James’ kick. Thomasville raced down the field, scoring on George Herring’s 26-yard run. Cawood Arrington’s potential game-winning kick sailed wide. Herring led all rushers with 94 yards on 19 tries for Thomasville. Wilburn Williamson had 92 for Avondale. The visitors led in first downs 11-9, rushing yards 142-130, and passing 129-0.

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