So what's to say that this year won't be any different? TCCHS returns most of it's fire power from their state title runner up season of 2002.
Marist, they too are about the same returning 9 of 11 starters on offense and 7 of 11 starters on defense.
"They are so good on offense", says Pilcher, "Hopefully we can cut out the turnovers and if we can do that, then we can hope to be successful."
Last years game at the Dome was an instant classic. TCCHS Quarterback Erik Walden, running on one leg basically, led the Jackets to the state title game.
"It'll be good to be indoors this weekend", says Pilcher, "It's a real treat for the kids. The way Georgia does it is great, you get 20 schools to play 10 games over two days. That's a lot of exposure over a two day period. I like the semis in the Dome, but I want the finals at home or somewhere else, it's good for the community."
Unlike last year, if TCCHS should prove victorious this weekend, they will play the state championship in Thomasville.
But to get there, it'll take a repeat of last season, and Ed Pilcher is looking for much of the same this time around.
"I expect an exciting game, it'll probably be like last years game."