Wednesday August 25, 2010
Thomson, Ga--For most of us, just to be active at the age of 78 will be quite the feet. But to be a football coach at the varsity level, well it takes a special kind of person. At Thomson, that's Luther Welsh as he's entering his final year at the helm of the Bulldogs.
Welsh has been coaching for 55 years with two different stints at Thomson. Now, he's decided this will be his farewell. Coming off a season in which the bulldogs had just two wins is something this program is not use to doing. Don't expect the same this time around.
"Well it was the worst ever" said Luther Welsh "No question about that. We just didn't have the people and they were too young to play. We didn't have the numbers anyway and we didn't have the seniors. We only had five and only two of them really played."
"We frequently talk about it every practice and before every game." said senor Jacoby Crawford "We constantly remind ourselves this is his last season and we're going to lead him out in style."
Of course a lot of the kids got much needed playing time a year ago and that should go a long way this time around. Kids have worked as hard as ever in the off season and now grasp what it means to be a leader. No question welsh is still the leader and hasn't lost a beat when it comes to teaching the game.
"This week we're trying to do more with the offensive lineman to come off the ball quicker." added Welsh "If you don't come off quick, you don't block" he said laughing "If you're playing against defensive people and most of those kids on defense have got quickness or speed."
The players talk about making this year a special one for their coach and don't be surprised if they do just that.