It worked twice for the University of Georgia.
Now, the Thomson Bulldogs are hoping to mimic the blackout success this week against Buford.
The Thomson High School Technology Student Association is selling blackout t-shirts for tomorrow's homecoming game against the Buford Wolves.
"This is just all in support of the football team, trying to pump them up and get them all excited, as well as get the fans excited," engineering and technology teacher Vonda Calhoun said.
Dr. Calhoun said she had the idea to follow the example of the UGA blackout games. The first two, against the University of Florida and University of Hawaii, were wins for the Georgia Bulldogs. The last one, which was held last month against the University of Alabama, was a loss.
Tomorrow's game will be Thomson's first ever to play against the Buford team, which is a nationally-ranked team by USA Today, with numerous region and state titles since 2000. They come to the Brickyard undefeated.
Designed by THS student Jarrod Dickason and printed by Thomson T's, blackout t-shirts are available from the high school office, and also will be available at Friday's game. Short sleeved shirts, black with a white screen print, are $10, and long-sleeved t-shirts, which are black with a gold screen print, are $15. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the TSA students, funding their attendance at conferences and in competitions.
"And if the fans can't purchase a shirt, we just want them to wear black," Dr. Calhoun said.
The Buford Wolves wear green jersey and gold pants.
To build on the excitement, the Thomson City Council approved at their last meeting a request for a Homecoming parade to be held Friday at 3:30 p.m., beginning at the Thomson IGA shopping center, going through downtown Thomson and ending at the Thomson Middle School parking lot. It marks the first time that a homecoming parade has been held in Thomson in years.