November 11, 2005
Albany - Dougherty High football players have had to heard the name Luther Welsh mentioned in the school hallways or on the practice field.
They may not know who Luther Welsh is but their parents and grandparents do and most of them like the fans in Thomson consider him to be one of the best coaches to ever walk a high school sideline.
Luther Welsh was the Dougherty head coach from 1968-1982 and during his tenure the Trojans were one of the top teams in south Georgia.
On Friday night Luther Welsh, now the head coach at Thomson High, returns to Hugh Mills Stadium for the first time since leaving Dougherty to play his former team in the second round of the state AAA playoffs.
Welsh landed in Thomson in 1984 where he led the Bulldogs to back to back state titles in his first two seasons.
He left for Camden County in 1990 but Thomson brought him back nine years later to return the Bulldogs to their winning ways.
Welsh did just that in leading Thomson to a third state title three years ago.
During the last 23 years, Luther Welsh has not forgotten his days in Albany and those who played for him.
Luther Welsh said "There are a lot of friends and football players who played for me and paid the price that I always think about at times. Because at that time in the '70's we had some good football teams down there with team."
Luther Welsh needs two more victories to reach the 300 win plateau.
Friday's game between Dougherty and Thomson starts at 7:30pm at Hugh Mills Stadium.
Tickets are $10 and those ticket prices are mandated by the Georgia High School Association.