The eighth season of Game Night Live kicks off with one of the most intriguing matchups of the year as North Augusta hosts Thomson on Friday night.
The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season undefeated for the first time in more than 50 years, but lost in the first round of the playoffs last year, while Thomson is entering a new era with first year head coach Michael Youngblood, so each team is eager for what would be a statement victory to open the season.
“[The kids] are excited,” North Augusta head coach, Brian Thomas, said. “A lot of folks have been talking about this matchup for a while, and we were able to get it done in the spring. Anytime you can play a good program and good competition, that’s what it’s all about. Everybody gets better from it.”
“You always want to perform well, especially on TV,” Youngblood said. “When you’re representing your community and your state you want to make sure you put all things on the table for the kids to be successful and do everything we can to represent our community and state.”
North Augusta has more wins over the past decade than any other in program history. The Yellow Jackets have had six 10-win seasons over the past nine years, while Thomson is one of the all-time winningest programs in Georgia.
“We follow them. We’ve seen the tradition and know the history,” Thomas said. “They’ve had some big runs over the last few years and a win over them would be great for our program.”
This will be the first time the teams have played in nearly a century. According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, Thomson and North Augusta last played in the 1920s with the Bulldogs winning both matchups.
The game begins at 7:30 on MeTV.