Contrasting uniform colors might come in handy when Thomasville hosts Forest Hills in the second round of the Class 2-A football playoffs Friday night at 8. It could be the only way to tell the teams apart.
Black-and-gold, sixth-ranked Forest Hills (10-1) lines up in a wishbone with two tight ends, big and brawny, and hands the ball to Chris Houston or Thomas Marsh. They have combined for over 3,200 yards this year and hit a peak last weekend in a 61-13 first-round defeat of Forbush.Red-and-white, No. 8 Thomasville (9-2) might spare a lone back for a wide receiver's position, but it's just a diversion. The ball is going to Rashein Feaster, Miguel Weldon or Lamont Pegues, who split over 2,300 ground yards this year.
Thomasville's brand of brute force was good for a 28-14 defeat of Forest Hills on this same weekend last year, but Bulldogs coach Allen Brown says Forest Hills is the king of ball-control, ground-pounding offense.
``They authored that stuff. They've got a patent on it,' he said. ``We're weak sisters compared to them.
``All we've got to do is figure a way to trip up those big running backs with all those big hogs up front knocking you out of the way. Our kids know they're up against a big test.'
The winner is guaranteed a home game next week againstMooresville or West Montgomery, who meet Friday at 8 at West Montgomery.
West's 10-1 record includes a forfeit win, but the Warriors haven't been ranked since consecutive midseason losses to Northwood and Class 1-A rival East Montgomery. They offer a two-pronged attack featuring running back J.J. Little and quarterback Shaun Lilly.
Both have big-play capabilities. Little ran for 144 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown, in the Warriors' 27-8 defeat of West Stanly last week. Lilly opened West's scoring with a 47-yard TD pass to Steve Hammond.
Seventh-ranked Mooresville (10-1), a playoff team for just the second time in the last six years, turns loose Nathan White, Decomba Conner, John Pinkston and Mike Stewart in a wishbone offense.