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Posted: September 16, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Source of pride

There was a genuine sense of pride in the air last Thursday as the Friday night warriors of old came out to celebrate the dedication of Wolverine Field.

R.L. Cousins High School was Newton County's black high school during the time of segregation. While that time is a scar on the South and this community's past, the memory of Cousins remains an immense source of pride for not only the black community of the county but for all residents as well.

In 1967 the football team led by quarterback Forrest Sawyer Jr. defeated Westside Lincolnton High School 102-0, making Georgia high school football history.

The rededicated field will be used by the Newton County Recreation Department for its programs for the youth of our community.

This is only fitting as it will carry on a tradition of spirit and determination that has continued as many Cousins' graduates have become important leaders of our county today.

BOC Commissioner J.C. Henderson said that growing up Wolverine Field was to him "the Field of Dreams."

Sawyer, the quarterback of a team, not only made Georgia sports history but was an anchor of a community's pride. He summed up the event best when he said that the revitalization of the field is "what happens when people come together."

How true, and true of Newton County.


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