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Wolverine Field dedication draws former Cousins' players
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1967 Wolverine Football

Harvey L. Belcher
Lamar Bell
Clinton Brooks
Charles Brown
Larry Brown
Johnny Brown
Lester Carr
Melvin Clark
Rufus Clark
Johnny Cobb
Walter Collins
James A. Collins
J.R. Cook
Samuel L. Cooksey
Melvin Durden
Nehemiah Durden
Lamar Floyd
Claude Freeman
Kenneth Gaither
Leon Goggins
Clifford Goss
Curtis Green
Terry Griffin
Bobby Joe Harris
Larry Harris
Billy Harris
Willie Head
Fred Henderson
Donald Henderson
Henry N. Howard
Harold Hudson
Nicholas Jackson
Richard Jeffries
Arthur L. Johnson
Winston Kelly
Larry Kemp
Joseph Lightfoot
Justine Malone
Charles Malone
Walter Marks
Phil McKinnon
Jessie Mullins
Edward Norrington
Wilson Price
Ulysses Reid
James Russell
Forrest Sawyer
John W. Smith
Thomas Smith
Larry Smith
Clarence Smith
John B. Terrell
Jimmy Thomas
James Thomas
Johnny Tuggle
Bobby Weaver
Larry White
Thomas Woods

Herbert Jordan
Huel Smith
Johnny Shepherd

Head Coach - Gilbert N. Turman
Assistant Coach - Walter Underwood
Assistant Coach - Randolph Smith

Thursday evening in Newton County felt like football weather. The temperature outside was right, the time of year was right, and at Wolverine Field there was something every football team thrives on - spirit; the spirit of dozens of graduates of R.L. Cousins High School who were there to witness a dream become a reality. Once only a field of dust and rocks, what was unveiled Thursday was a thing of beauty.

Football originally began at Cousins in 1966 but it was the team who played in 1967 under coach Gilbert N. Turman that everyone remembers. During the school's homecoming game against Westside Lincolnton the Wolverines defeated their opponent 102-0, making Georgia high school football history.

"Coach Turman did not only teach them how to play football - he taught them the game of life," said Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan.

"He taught them about being a team player, he taught them to respect others even when victorious as reflected in his quote to The Covington News: 'After we was leading 41-0 at the half we put in the second string line and a third string backfield and instructed the quarterback not to throw the ball. We tried to keep the score down, but we can't tell our backs to fall down every time they break loose. We definitely did not intend to score that many points.'

"I am proud to be a part of this momentous occasion," continued Morgan, "and I am proud to say that I know some members of this team and they are leaders in our community today."

BOC member J.C. Henderson remembered Wolverine Field growing up, saying that it was to him a "field of dreams."

"I'm very thankful to these men here," he said of the assembled members of the football team.

The field had been in the works since 2002 and next on the recreation department's list is to revitalize the gymnasium at the Cousins Center, according to Newton County Recreation Commission Director Tommy Hailey. He also encouraged those in attendance to come out to the field for the recreation team's first games on the newly dedicated field Saturday afternoon.

One of the last to speak was Forrest Sawyer who was quarterback in 1967 and who helped bring in those 102 points.

"This facility," he said, looking around him as the light began to flicker to life in the gathering gloom, "this is what happens when people come together."