I have been covering football now for over 20 years. When I moved to Bastrop, La., in 1987, the publisher there, Cy Wood, took me to my first football game and showed me how to cover one and turn things into a story.
Cy was from Thomaston, Ga. Cy was very knowledgeable in many areas and took me under his wing on both sports and reading a financial statement.
Then I moved to Thomson for the first time and started covering Briarwood football as publisher Jerry Whittle was covering Thomson.
Briarwood brought home the state title not long after that. I will never forget the players chasing head coach Dexter Poss down the middle of the field with the water cooler. They eventually got him, but that man could run when he had to.
I have fond memories of covering the games when my son played in South Carolina. Our house was the place to hang out and the kids always gathered and talked about the game afterwards.
But it has been two years since I have covered a game so it felt good to make it to the THS game Friday night against Washington-Wilkes.
Almost as if to say 'welcome back to the game Todd' the clouds opened up with a good drenching just before opening kickoff. There was only one cloud in the sky and it held a bunch of water just above the field. Then it cooled off rather than get real muggy like we often see in August. It was definitely a good night for some football.
Of course, Thomson prevailed but the Washington-Wilkes group is a better team than the 35-0 score says.
Their quarterback has an arm and when the kids can get underneath the ball, good things will happen for them.
As for Thomson, they will certainly improve over the 2-8 season they had last year. They have some huge kids on both sides of the ball and speed in the backfield.
Quarterback Josh Jones has enough arm strength to keep the opposing defenses honest.
What I saw Friday night was a group of well disciplined young men who play together as a team.
I didn't hear any complaints about a missed assignment or tackle.
That is what I would expect to see from a team coached by Luther Welsh.
Come on out to the game Friday night, it's time for some football, rain or shine.