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Welcome LHS Alumni !

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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!

Toombs County Bulldogs football impresses home crowd in annual Spring Game matchup defeating the Fitzgerald Purple Hurricanes, 26-0

(19-May-2024)  The Toombs County Bulldog football team, fresh off an impressive 11-2 season marked by record-breaking performances, kicked off the 2024 campaign with a dominant showing in their annual spring game. Hosting the formidable Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane team, the Bulldogs gave their home crowd plenty to cheer about in the PIT.

The young Bulldogs took the field in the first quarter, displaying potential and resilience. However, it was in the second quarter when the varsity squads took over, turning the game into a thrilling spectacle.

The Bulldogs’ defense, known as the Red Bullet Defense, was in top form, stifling the Hurricanes’ offense throughout the evening. Upcoming senior quarterback TJ Stanley looked like he was in mid-season form, delivering three touchdown passes with precision. Running back Dabyn Wadley showcased his strength, repeatedly breaking through the Fitzgerald defensive line with powerful runs.

The Bulldogs wrapped up the game with a commanding 26-0 victory, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the start of the regular season. The 2024 season promises to be one of the most challenging in the program’s history, with the Bulldogs set to kick off their campaign at home on Friday, August 23, at 8 PM against Dougherty High School.

This spring game performance sets a high bar for what’s to come, and the Toombs County community is ready for another exciting season of Bulldog football.

(Courtesy of Toombs County Athletics)

Written by: Matt Lynn

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

Toombs County Bulldogs boys soccer capture State AA Championship crown by defeating unbeaten Model, 2-0

(8-May-2024)  The Toombs County Bulldogs (20-3) steamrolled their way through their state playoff bracket by defeating previously unbeaten Model Blue Devils (21-1-1) by a score of 2-0, on the campus of Mercer University in Macon.  The Bulldogs gave up only one goal through their entire post season run by defeating Kendrick 10-0 in round 1; defeating Berrien County 9-0 in round 2; defeating Drew Charter 3-0 in round 3; defeating Fellowship Christian in the semi 3-1; and defeating Model in the final, 2-0.

Click here to watch a short video clip of the title game!  

(Note: click the speaker icon in bottom right cornier for sound)

(Courtesy of WJCL22 - Savannah, GA)

Posted by: Billy Yarbrough, LHSAA Sports Editor

The Class of '65 turn out to celebrate their 59th Class Reunion

(27-Apr-2024) In anticipation of their big 60th reunion next year, the Class of '65 got together in Reidsville for their 59th class reunion.  Click here to view a few of the photos taken.

The 2024 Toombs County High Football schedule introduces new challenges 

(27-Apr-2024)  The 2024 football schedule for Toombs County High looks a bit different from previous years, featuring four

Region 3-A D1 games. We are set to host Swainsboro and Vidalia at home, while we’ll hit the road to face Savannah Country Day and Savannah Christian in Savannah. Notably, Swainsboro was the State Runner-Up in Class A-D1 last season, and Savannah Christian achieved the same feat in Class AAA. This season promises another competitive lineup in a region brimming with talent.

Our non-region games include three challenging early-season matchups against larger classification schools: Dougherty (AAA), South Effingham (AAAAA), and Rome (AAAAA). Additionally, we will travel to play at tradition-rich Charlton County, host Hamilton County High from Jasper, FL for our homecoming game, and conclude our non-region schedule against our neighboring county rival, Tattnall County.

We are excited for the upcoming football season and believe we have assembled a schedule that will challenge us weekly to perform at our very best. This lineup will undoubtedly prepare us for the playoffs. We can’t wait to be back in the Pit with our incredible Toombs County family! BE A DOG!

(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 football season

(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!

 

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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