The much anticipated reclassification of schools by officials with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) ended with no big changes - at least in the case of Thomson High School.
"I knew we were going to be staying in Class AAA," said Luther Welsh, athletic director and head football coach of Thomson High School. "I knew we didn't have the numbers to be going up in classification to Class AAAA."
Back in 2002 when Thomson High School was classified as one of the AAAA powers in the state, the Bulldogs won the Class AAAA State Football Championship. Schools are ranked by classifications in terms of the number of students enrolled.
Coach Welsh noted that during that time, other varsity sports at the school also faired well.
"It didn't have anything to do with the competition at the time," Coach Welsh said. "It had everything to do with the numbers, though."
Thomson High School and other high schools won't have to face GHSA reclassification again for two years.
"I'm glad we get to play in Class AAA for at least two more years," Coach Welsh said.
Both Thomson and Glenn Hills will be two of the smallest AAA schools within the Augusta area, Coach Welsh added. Cross Creek High School, located in South Augusta, was expected to become reclassified from Class AAA to Class AAAA, but a shortage of less than 30 students kept the school in the AAA ranks.
Elsewhere in the area, Warren County and Lincoln County were unaffected by the reclassification. They will remain Class A powers. There will be a newcomer, however, to their class. The Washington-Wilkes Tigers, who have been a Class AA power in several sports over the past few years, will move down and compete in Class A for at least the next two years.