On Saturday, October 21 Jay Mosley’s dream of honoring the best of the best became a reality as 18 athletes from Lyons Industrial, Toombs Central, Lyons High, Lyons Senior and Toombs County High Schools were inducted into the inaugural class of the Toombs County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Meet the Class of 2017
Jacky Jones– He was the head football and baseball coach at Lyons Senior High School and for the first two years and he was the head football coach of the Toombs County Bulldogs for the first two years after the merger. Jones coached the Bulldogs to a state championship football in 1975. He also coached girls basketball for 28 years. The Lady Bulldogs went to the state tournament twice.
Anson Callaway– He coached the Bullpups to many championships. He was the director of the Lyons Recreation Department where he started the Lyons Youth Tournament and made Partin Park what it is today.
Y-101 Interview with coach Callaway
Kevin Hill- He started the wrestling program at Toombs Coutny High School which has produced many state champions. Also, he was the TCHS Athletic Director and an assistant football coach.
Y-101 Interview with coach Hill
Dan Thompson- He was an outstanding football player at Lyons High School. He was a quarterback and played in the secondary. He graduated in 1954 and played one year at GMC. Dan also played basketball, baseball and was on the track team.
Roy Thompson- He was also an outstanding football player at Lyons High School in the mid 1940’s and graduated in 1945. Dan and Roy were brothers. Roy played on the 1945 state championship team which beat Statesboro 26-7 on November 7 in Swainsboro. He played in the Peach Bowl All-Star Game and he also played at Brewton-Parker in 1946 and briefly at Clemson.
Mel Blount– He played for football, baseball, basketball and ran track for Lyons Industrial High School. Blount played football at Southern University and was drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mel was a four-time Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played in five Pro Bowls and in 1975 led the NFL in interceptions and he was the AFC and NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Y-101 Interview with Mel Blount
Charles Stuckey- He played basketball and football at Lyons Industrial High School from 1955 to 1958. He averaged 25 points per game playing his home games on an outdoor court. He was the team captain and also played football and was a quarterback, running back and the punter.
Greg Wilkes– He was an All-State Lyons High football player in 1965. The quarterback and safety played at Georgia Tech. He was letterman in all four sports offered in all four years. Greg played in the secondary at Georgia Tech.
Johnny Durst- He was nicknamed”Nitro” and he was an All-State quarterback and linebacker for Lyons High School in 1967. The 1967 team played Washington Wilkes for the state championship. He was a hard hitting lineman and a starting linebacker in college at VMI.
David Faircloth- He pitched at Toombs Central and had a real fastball which was unhittable. He threw in the 90’s.
Clara Harden- She was a 1979 graduate of Toombs Central and played basketball for Bill Warren. Clara also ran track. Even though she was only 5-2 she averaged 27 points per game with a high of 63. She played on a team that went 28-3 and she averaged 12 steals per game. She led her team to 68 wins during her career.
In track Clara won 13 region individual championships and eight state titles. Her teams finished first and second at state despite the fact there were only 95 students in the whole school making Toombs Central the fifth smallest high school in the state.
Y-101 Interview with Clara Harden
Ladson Helms- He was a state champion in track and ran the 100 in 9.7 and also won the 200. He also ran for 2,000 yards in a season as a Bulldog running back.
Russell Ellis- He was a 1970 All-State half back and safety for the Lyons High Bulldogs. Russell played in the North-South All-Star Game.
Adolph “Sluggo’ Campbell- He wore number 77 and was an All-State lineman in 1973 for Lyons Senior High School. Sluggo went on to play at Texas Southern. He started in the North-South All-Star game in high school and was a linebacker in college.
Tim Mimbs– He was an All-State offensive and defensive lineman on the 1975 Lyons Senior High GHSA State Championship team. He was the outstanding lineman in the state in his senior season. Tim started in the North-South All Star Game in Atlanta. In the state championship game against Duluth Mimbs had 17 tackles and many involved George Rogers- who won a Heisman Trophy in 1980. Rogers was the first pick in the 1981 NFL draft. Tim also played baseball and was on the track and field team.
Y-101 Interview with Tim Mimbs
Eugene “Cornbred” Corbett- He was an All-State half back and safety for Lyons Senior High in 1975 and he played on the GHSA State Championship team. He was a speed demon who broke off a legendary run in the state championship game off a screen pass in which he broke eight tackles on a 40-yard run.
Travares Tillman -He was an All-State football player for Toombs County High School in 1995 and he was the Class A defensive player of the year. He was a two-time All-ACC defensive back at Georgia Tech. Tillman was drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills. He also played for Houston, Carolina and Miami in the NFL. He is a graduate assistant coach at the University of Georgia. Also, Tillman was an assistant coach at Calvary under former TCHS head coach Mark Stroud.
Nick Eason– He was an All-State football player in 1997 for Toombs County High School. Also, played on a TCHS basketball team that played in the state tourney in 1998. Nick was a starting defensive lineman for the Clemson Tigers and played for Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Arizona in the NFL. He played on a Super Bowl Championship team in Pittsburgh. He played in 47 games, at Clemson, starting in 35 and finished his career with 153 tackles and 15 sacks. He currently is the defensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans.
Y-101 Interview with Nick Eason