Michael Youngblood raising the standard at Thomson

High School Sports

One of the winningest programs in Georgia high school football history is beginning a new era, as Michael Youngblood prepares for his first season as Thomson’s head coach.

Youngblood took over the program in April after Rob Ridings stepped down.

The Burke County graduate won two national championships as a player at Georgia Southern and won two state titles as an assistant coach, so he knows what it takes to win. However, he’s not only setting the tone on the field, he’s also raising the standard for his athletes in the classroom.

“It’s going really [well],” senior lineman, Christian Coulter, said. “We’re working hard. He pushes us to limits that we’ve never been pushed to before, so it’s really good.”

“I love the opportunity, and I embrace it,” Youngblood said. “It’s not often coaches get a chance to coach in a situation where you have such a rich tradition, and the community actual cares about football and the total development of a young man.

“We’ve put an emphasis on academics. We’re trying to make sure we get kids to leave Thomson High School [and] go to college, whether it’s academically or athletically.”

The Bulldogs open the season at North Augusta on August 14 on Game Night Live.

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