(The following letter was addressed to Ralph Swearngin, executive director, Georgia High School Association.)
Dear Mr. Swearngin:
This is the first letter I have ever written to the Georgia High School Association as it is the first time I have witnessed such an injustice on a Georgia High School football field.
I do not intend to take anything away from the playing ability of Henry County and would have enjoyed watching our Thomson Bulldogs actually play against Henry County instead of playing against an unbeatable adversary - GHSA officials.
Football requires a respect for authority; however, in this game, there could be no respect for authority due to the obvious one-sided calls of the officials, and tempers flared. I am ashamed that my own temper got the best of me Friday night but it was out of appreciation for our coaches and players that have worked so hard, denying self and giving complete sacrifice and dedication to a game they love and cherish.
Vince Lombardi once said, "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious."
For the record, Thomson was victorious Friday night as they did give their total effort, even with the odds stacked against them.
>- Gina J. Timmerman,
THS Class of 1986p>