Thomson football writer and analyst John Barnett read this dedication to the late Luther Welsh, a former Thomson football coach. Barnett's remarks were broadcast Thursday before the Thomson-Academy of Richmond County game.
This is a great night for football, and we welcome our viewers on Comcast Channel 380 through WJBF TV. Our stadium is on the way to becoming the great facility we all want it to be thanks to you the taxpayers of McDuffie County.
Remember that the job is not yet over and to vote your conscience on the next SPLOST in order that we may finish the job. A yes vote will help us finish the renovation.
We honor tonight Luther Welsh and his family who sacrificed so much so that he could lead our beloved Thomson Bulldogs.
Coach Welsh won 333 games in his storied career, which spanned 46 seasons as a head football coach. He served as an assistant coach another nine seasons. 183 of those victories were in Thomson.
It was my privilege to serve as his defensive coordinator for his entire 19 years in Thomson and it was a great run. We averaged over nine wins per year. This included 11 region championships and three state championships, two of which were won on this historic field.
He led our team to victory 100 times in this stadium in 122 games. He won over 80 more times than "Flash" Gordon, the second most victorious Thomson High coach.
This season our beloved Bulldogs wear an LW sticker on the backs of their helmets in honor of Coach Welsh.
At some point in the future, I'm sure he will be appropriately honored inside this historic facility. I know that Coach Welsh would be very proud of our Bulldogs this year and of this stadium which he loved so much.
Thanks again, Coach, for all you did and thanks to your family who so graciously loaned you to us.