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Raw Chatter

It's great when you run into friends that you haven't seen in a number of years.

Such a thing happened to me not once on Monday, but twice in the span of less than an hour.

I got to renew my long friendship with Eddie Lee Ivery and Bobby Thomas - both former prep football stars - Eddie Lee at Thomson High School and Bobby at Warren County High School and Briarwood Academy. Eddie Lee and I graduated together from THS back in 1975. I met Bobby when he played and later became head football coach at Warren County High School.

The two men have now joined the Thomson High School football coaching staff of Head Coach Luther Welsh and I couldn't be more pleased. Both men not only know the game of football, but they have a deep passion for playing the game the way it should be played - with lots of hard work, dedication and commitment - just the way the game ought to be played.

There's no doubt about it - their presence immediately will be felt on and off the football field at Thomson High School.

On Monday, the newest assistant coaches talked with Coach Welsh about their roles and what he expects from them. Obviously, he already has an idea of what to expect from them since both of them have served under him in the past.

As for Coach Ivery and Thomas, they couldn't be more excited about landing jobs with the Thomson High School football program.

Personally, I believe it's a move in the right direction. For the men will bring to the table many fresh ideas - ideas that they believe will work. They also will bring with them a strong sense of loyalty and dedication to their skipper, fellow coaches and players.

Discipline is another ingredient that the two men will bring with them. On Tuesday, Coach Ivery and Thomas were introduced to the football team during the first day of a two-week spring practice session.

The two men know the importance of strong discipline and aren't afraid to use it when necessary. They know that discipline is a vital part of helping mold a football team into champions.

They are both eager to begin their quest to help the Bulldogs become the kind of team that can become successful not only on the gridiron, but in the game of life, as well. Gee, what more could one possibly ask of them or any of the other fine assistant football coaches on Coach Welsh's staff?

As a community, I feel we should get behind the football program, as well as all other sports at Thomson High School. Let's make Thomson High School the kind of school that is a great all-around school - from academic success to success in all sports. We can do this by attending games, joining the athletic booster club, etc.

Web posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008

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