2017-09-21 / Sports

Tigers of the 1950s will be spotlighted on the field at Lincoln County game

Lettermen’s Club forming to assist football program


Members of the 1951 Tigers were (front row, l-r) Sam McGill, David Wright, Danny Short, Dean Norris, Wendell Rogers, Wendell Cofer, Jack Armour (wearing letter jacket), Charles May, (middle) Assistant Coach Charlie Davidson, Tommy Boyd, Pete Gunn, Billy Sherrer, M.L. Langford, Cicero Lucan, Don Taylor, Billy Cofer, Gene Norton, Head Coach Bill Haithcock, (back) Albert Long, Jimmy Russell, Reid Wills, Lee Wheatley, David Hopkins, Corrie Maxwell, and Milton Roberts. 
Photo courtesy of DON TAYLOR Members of the 1951 Tigers were (front row, l-r) Sam McGill, David Wright, Danny Short, Dean Norris, Wendell Rogers, Wendell Cofer, Jack Armour (wearing letter jacket), Charles May, (middle) Assistant Coach Charlie Davidson, Tommy Boyd, Pete Gunn, Billy Sherrer, M.L. Langford, Cicero Lucan, Don Taylor, Billy Cofer, Gene Norton, Head Coach Bill Haithcock, (back) Albert Long, Jimmy Russell, Reid Wills, Lee Wheatley, David Hopkins, Corrie Maxwell, and Milton Roberts. Photo courtesy of DON TAYLOR As we continue to feature the Tiger football teams from the 1950s and their players, there is more than just honoring these men pregame on September 29 before Washington Wilkes and Lincoln County collide on the gridiron.

With the blessing of Tiger Head Coach Chad Alligood, a Lettermen’s Club is being formed. Any Tiger football letterman is eligible to join, whether from the 1940s or 50s through the years to the 2010s. The desire is to bring back together those who live near and far away to support the athletic program at Washington-Wilkes in the here and now. Whether you were one of Charlie Davidson’s boys or a proud Wildcat at Washington Central, whether you suited up for Butch Brooks, Frank Vohun, Russell Morgan, or other coaches earlier or later, the Lettermen’s Club welcomes your participation.

Football is a special experience for a high school student. It creates teammates. It knits communities tight. In small southern counties like ours Friday nights in the fall are gatherings of pride, exuberance, intensity, and joy to cheer for OUR school, OUR players, OUR coaches. Differences become insignificant, arguments fade into the background, and friendships are forged. We identify as Tigers. We wear the blue and gold. We remember the block made to spring our running back on a TD jaunt. We still shed a tear for the wide-open dropped pass. We recall so many old times not forgotten, times that incrementally have made us who we are. We come together.

Yes, this is a romanticized view, but there is much truth in it. Tiger football is a positive force in our county. There is energy and support for good. Lettermen are joined together over teams, over decades, over knowing the value of discipline and hard work.

To become a part of the Lettermen’s Club, please contact coordinators Kathy Poss (email: kdposs56@gmail.com) or Gail Duggan (email: gduggan85@gmail.com or phone: 706 678-4042).

This year’s contest with Lincoln County brings together lettermen from all the Tiger teams of the 1950s in a pregame ceremony where our fans can show them recognition for the contributions they have made to our school and community. The event will begin at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, September 29, with kickoff between the Tigers and Red Devils set for 7:30.

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