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Warren plays at Brickyard Saturday

It could be a dream weekend for area high school football fans.

They have the unique opportunity to watch two local teams in the state playoffs in two days.

Thomson faces Carver in Columbus on Friday night, and Warren County plays host to Bowdon in The Brickyard at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Thomson's four-hour drive doesn't have Coach Luther Welsh worried. It's his team's reaction to the big first-round opponent that he's concerned about.

"If you want to play, and you're in the right frame of mind, it doesn't matter," he said of the drive.

After making their way back into town, Thomson fans can come out to support next door neighbor Warren County. Other area teams won't be playing on Saturday either, so Warren County Coach Lee Hutto feels the support for his team could be huge.

"I think we'll have a good home crowd," he said. "And I feel sure we'll draw some people from Thomson who just want to come see a football game. We might even draw some people from Washington and Lincolnton because we'll be the only game being played on Saturday."

The change in venue came because - according to Georgia High School Association rules - Legion Field, the home of the Screaming Devils, isn't large enough to host a playoff game, Coach Hutto said.

The former Thomson player and assistant coach is glad to give his team the chance to play a game in the fabled Brickyard.

Although it changes the routine, playing in Thomson was the most logical solution, he said.

"I coached in so many games there and played in so many games there, it's just like home to me," Coach Hutto said. "...Our kids know about it, and our kids are real exited about the opportunity to play there. We're just excited to be in the playoffs and have a chance to host a playoff game."

Web posted on Thursday, November 16, 2006

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