Toombs County Athletic HOF inductee- Tim Vaughn

Through the first three games of the 1975 Lyons Senior High football season, the Bulldogs were 1-2. They lost to Vidalia 6-0 at home, beat Claxton 34-12 on the road and then lost to Jeff Davis 12-8 in Hazlehurst. However, that defeat on September 19th would be their last.

Led by quarterback Tim Vaughn the Bulldogs reeled off 10 wins in a row. The biggest victory in the regular season was in the Coastal Empire over #1 Savannah Christian 19-16. After a 51-6 home rout of Treutlen the Bulldogs appeared quite ready for the post season.

In the playoffs Lyons pulled out a close home win over Vienna 21-18, Then in a matchup of top 10 teams the Bulldogs took care of Lincoln County 26-6 in Lincolnton. That semifinal victory sent Lyons back to Booster Stadium for a showdown with Duluth led by future Heisman Trophy winning running back George Rogers.

Lyons secured the GHSA Class B State Championship with a 20-12 victory. After the season ended Vaughn was named Honorable Mention All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

After high school Vaughn went on to play with Rogers at the University of South Carolina. In 1977 he was one of five Gamecocks to pick off a pass.

Coach Anson Callaway called Vaughn the “Real Deal” because even going back to his recreation ball days he just had so much athletic ability. Tim was a quarterback and in baseball played second base, shortstop and was a pitcher. He also played basketball.