"It worked out right," says Pilcher. "It's the way the brackets fell. It's not a revenge game for us. We are more prepared to go there this time. Erik Walden is healthy; he wasn't healthy last year. He's doing great."
The perfect case scenario would be a rematch in the state title game, which this year would be in Thomasville, but the Jackets will take the rematch in Thomasville, Atlanta, or Thomson. It doesn't make a difference.
"It helps to know their team and their field," says Pilcher. "It's a tough place to play, but our kids know what to expect. (Thomson) graduated a lot of kids, but they reloaded. Thomson is a very good football team. They have some great athletes."
Pilcher and the players are not using the revenge word this week, but if you walk the streets of Thomasville, you'll hear that world loud and proud.
"I'm sure the community is thinking revenge," says Pilcher. "A lot goes on with the folks here in town. They want the rematch, and I'm hoping a lot of them make the trip. It's a hard place to play, and it'll help to have their support."