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Welcome to the home page of the alumni of the original Lyons High School in Lyons, Georgia.  We offer this website free to fellow graduates and hope that each of you help make it a success.

Although the offspring of LHS have dispersed all over the planet, this website has reunited us in one place in cyberspace and allowed us to once again walk the halls of LHS, meet on the breezeway, go to the canteen and catch up on the latest happenings in the lives of our classmates.  We are united once again!

Help spread the news.  If you know someone who has ever attended LHS at any time it merged with Lyons Industrial High School to become Lyons Senior High School, invite them to this site to join the fun.

If you are a Facebook user, be sure to click on the Facebook link above to be taken to the Lyons High School of Lyons, GA. group page.  That's where all the alumni hang out these days!

Bulldogs crush Central Macon, 79-35, advance to round 2 of AA state playoffs

 (2-Feb-2024)  Two teams were on the hunt for playoff glory, but only the Toombs County Bulldogs (26-2) walked away with it. They blew past the Chargers 79-35 at home on Wednesday. Toombs County is really starting to get used to good results now that the team's won 17 straight.

Dominic Eason was his usual excellent self, scoring 24 points along with eight rebounds. He hasn't dropped below 24 points for three straight games. Another player making a difference was Parker Stanley, who scored 12 points along with seven rebounds.

Toombs County's victory was their 16th straight at home dating back to last season, which pushed their record up to 26-2. They've been dominating during the matches in that stretch too, as they've won by an average of 34.7 points. As for Central, they are on a four-game losing streak that has dropped them down to 8-18.

Toombs County will stay at home for another game and welcome Thomson (22-3) at 4:00 p.m. on February 24th. Thomson is also coming in off of a big victory, so somebody is in for a big reversal of fortune. 

(Courtesy of Toombs County Athletics)

Written by: MaxPreps

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

Looking back at the 2023 TCHS football season

(30-Nov-2023) If you cried your eyes out or beat your chest with pride on that cold November 24th night, you are a DOG. Proud emotions surged for a team that wasn’t supposed to see that type of success. The hurt was real for the kids who busted it for themselves and each other, only to fall just short of a semifinal round and potential State Championship opportunity. 

Football was different this season in Toombs County. It has always been exciting, but the discipline and ethics of this team were contagious. Friday evening plans to attend the game turned into leaving work early and getting the kids ready because the Dogs were kicking off in a few hours. How did the Dogs become this force? How did they defy all odds of preseason predictions and become the #4 ranked team in Class AA? The answer lies in what I call the “it” factor, embodied by Head Coach Buddy Martin. A very humbled, confident, and above all, a Godly man. The kind of leader that kids want to follow, and the kind of man you want coaching and leading your kids. 

And as any great General, you are only as good as your Lieutenants make you. Coach Martin surrounded himself with an amazing staff, and those men went to work with the boys. By mid-season, the Dogs were 5-0 and dominating every team that stood across the field. It was then that I saw how the kids expected to win, almost as if they knew the mission had only one outcome. Whether the score was 0-0 or 56-0, the sideline remained steadfast. There were different heroes every week, and nobody complained about who the star was at any given time. 

So yes, it was different—like a championship team that had been there before. After the huge 31-28 win over Appling County, I interviewed Coach Martin as I did every week after the game. I was as excited as he was about the upset, but during his interview, he said three words that made me refocus from what I was seeing to what the mission was. Coach Martin said, “This is not an upset, WE BELONG HERE!” And he meant every word. At the time, it was the highest-ranked team Toombs County had beaten. That was until they went to the Brickyard and defeated the #1 team in the state and defending state champions. 

The standard has been set. Future Dogs will now know that there is an expectation when wearing the Blue and Red on Friday Night. You are not just a teammate; you’re a brother. And for the record, I cried and beat my chest with pride. I’m still excited for those kids and their futures. 

Accomplishments of the 2023 Season: 

2023 Region Champions 

#4 AJC Ranking 

Only team to beat #1 and #2 in Class AA 

School record for points in a season (486) 

School record for points scored in a game (64) 

Record for points per game (37.4) 

4th best points against (12.9) 

Multiple players set and broke many individual records, but we want to release those when the All-Region Teams and All-State Teams are announced. 

There is never a better time than now to #BeADOG.

(Courtesy of Toombs County Athletics)

Written by: Bob Roberts,  Southeast Georgia Today

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

GHSA places schools in new regions for 2024

(10-Nov-2023) The Georgia High School Association placed its 457 schools into regions for the 2024-26 academic years pending appeals.  Currently, there are 8 classifications with Class A divided into two divisions, Class A Division I and II.  Then 2A-7A, Toombs County currently being in 2A.  

In the upcoming academic cycle, 7A will be eliminated making Class 6A the largest classification.  Thus, there will be more schools in each classification. Toombs County will drop down and be placed in Class A Division I, along with Vidalia. 

The new region lineup be as follows:

Class A Div. I - Region 3:  Savannah Christian, Savannah Country Day, Screven County, Swainsboro, Toombs County, Vidalia.

St. Vincent Academy*, Woodville-Tompkins* (non-football schedule)

(Courtesy of Georgia High School Football Daily)

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

Georgia's Greatest 100 High School Finals: No. 25;  Lyons 20, Duluth 12

(1975 Class B State Championship)

Note: Keep in mind this is not the 100 Greatest Finals from just Class B, but from every high school from every classification in the state of Georgia!   Lyons was a three touchdown underdog entering the game!

 

Line: Duluth -3 (63%). Trailing 12-7 in the fourth quarter, Lyons faced a third-and-14 from its 9-yard line. Lyons hadn’t completed a pass in the game. The other team had George Rogers, the future Heisman Trophy winner. Not looking good for the home team. Next came a screen pass to Eugene Corbett. The Lyons Progress newspaper wrote that Corbett “zig-zagged, twisted, turned and broke at least five tackles.” The play went for 77 yards. Lyons needed five plays to advance the final 14 yards, but Corbett’s 3-yard run hit paydirt, making it 14-12. The Bulldogs still had to contend with Rogers, or maybe not entirely. Duluth had a third-and-1 at its 35 but was stopped cold on consecutive plays. Rogers didn’t get the carry in either. Lyons quarterback Timmy Vaughn then completed his second pass of the game, a 24-yarder, setting up another score and a 20-12 lead. Duluth got to Lyons’ 43 after a long Rogers kickoff return but was sacked twice and lost a fumble. Rogers finished with 135 yards rushing. Corbett ran for 93 and had a game-high 170 yards from scrimmage.

(Courtesy of Georgia High School Football Daily)

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

Class of '46 alum shares recently found photos

(23 Oct 2022)  Bobbie Rae Durst, Class of '46, shared the following photos with us before she passed away in 2009.  The photos have been added to the Gallery section under Memory Lane.  Click here to be taken directly to the page.

 A Time to Remember:  Mel Blount, Lyons Industrial High School Graduate

Today’s featured inductee is four-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and former Southern University and Lyons Industrial player Mel Blount.  Blount was inducted into the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

 

(5 Oct 2022) Mel Blount, the youngest of 11 children, was a four-sport athlete at Lyons Industrial before becoming one of the greatest cornerbacks to play the game. He excelled as a prep star after mastering what he called the “country football” style his seven older brothers instilled in him. Lyons Industrial was a small Toombs County school for African Americans that closed shortly after Blount graduated in the 1960s. Despite limited exposure, Blount earned a scholarship to Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and twice was named Southwestern Athletic Conference MVP and earned Pro Scouts All American as a safety and cornerback. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Blount with the 53rd overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, and he earned the starting cornerback job in 1972 and held the role for 12 years. Blount led the NFL with 11 interceptions in 1975 and was the league’s defensive MVP. He was a three-time All-Pro selection and four-time Super Bowl champion. Blount’s physical style prompted the NFL to change its rules in 1978 to prevent contact with receivers beyond five yards of the line of scrimmage. In 1989, Blount was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1991, he was named one of the Eight National Heroes by the U.S. News and World Report for his impact off the field. He was selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All Time Team in 1994.

Reported by the Georgia High School Football Daily.

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor
 

Coach Jacky Jones honored by the Toombs County BOE

(10 Jun 2022) Thursday night at the June meeting of the Toombs County Board of Education the board unanimously approved for the field at Booster Stadium to be officially named Jacky Jones Field at Booster Stadium (The Pit). Coach Jones was presented the Home Plate from former Jacky Jones Field.

"I wasn't expecting this but I am truly honored. It is a beautiful field and I want to thank the Toombs County Board of Education." Coach Jones said.

Toombs County Superintendent Barry Waller, "Coach Jones is such a beloved figure here in Lyons and Toombs County and what he has meant to our school system over the years with coaching double digit years in three major sports football, baseball and girls basketball. He said it tonight that it was all about the kids. It is a blessing to be able to honor him. Tearing down the old baseball field and making it a parking lot we didn't want to lose the wonderful memories of Coach Jones. We will unveil the sign at the field during football season. Tonight was an awesome night." 

Written by Bob Roberts, Southeast Georgia Today

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

Entire LHS Mastiffs are now online!

We have updated our website with 20 yearbooks listed below.  To view the yearbooks, click here.

Wiregrass: 1924  (1)

Annual: 1936  (1)

Leo-Lite: 1949  (1)

Mastiffs: 1954-1970  (17)

The years listed above are all the yearbooks that are known to have been published.  If you know of any other yearbooks that exist, please contact us and we will publish it.  Woof, woof, woof, woof!   Check 'em out, y'all.  

The Lyons Roar is here!

The Lyons Roars are here and we have gotten our paws on 30 of them.  If you have any Lyons Roars that you can scratch up for us, we are itching to publish them.   Click here to go to The Lyons Roar page.

Class of '67 meet at Chatters 

Thirty classmates of the Class of '67 along with Coach Tom Avret met on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at Chatters Restaurant.  Click here to view the photo.

Booster Stadium is getting a facelift

The "Pit" will have a different look when the football season opens with Twiggs County (Jeffersonville, Ga.) on August 23, 2019.  A major overhaul to Booster Stadium is currently underway which includes the addition of new artificial turf and new aluminum bleachers that will replace the current cement risers.  The slopes are being removed and a wall will be built in-place which will provide additional footage from the back of each end zone. Click here to view a few photos of the renovations.
Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

 

The Class of '68 holds their 50th Reunion

The Class of '68 held their 50th class reunion at Hawk's Point in Vidalia on November 3, 2018. Also included is a photo of their 10-year class reunion and a 9th grade photo. Click here.

Four from LHS inducted into the Toombs Co. Athletic Hall of Fame

The Toombs County Athletic Association recently voted to add four athletes from Lyons High School.  These exceptional four athletes are not only recognized for their accomplishments in football, but all sports that they played which included basketball, baseball, track, etc.  

Bill Alexander - Class of '52

Billy Benton - Class of '57 

Jimmy Alexander - Class of '64

J.B. Cone - Class of '67

 

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

Class of '63 celebrated their 50th reunion at the historic Lyons Depot

On October 2, 2013, the alumni from the Class of '63 returned home and held their 50th reunion at the Lyons Depot.  Click here to to be view the photos.

Class of '67 celebrate their 50th Reunion

The Class of '67 held their 50th reunion at the First United Methodist Church in Lyons on Saturday, September 30, 2017.  Click here to view the photo gallery of the festivities.

If you are interested in attending a Toombs County football game,
you can view the schedule by clicking:

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