TFS Athletic Legends


The 1968 Tallulah Falls Indians were the most dominant football team in school history. TFS had a football program from 1953-1969, and the '68 season saw the Indians set school records of the team and individual variety. The team went 9-1 overall, finishing as Region 3C Runner-Up under coach Gordon Moore.

The offense generated 365 total points, averaging 40.6 per game in nine of the games. Towns County forfeited against TFS during the year, resulting in an official 2-0 win for the Indians as well. Defensively, the Indians held opponents to a grand total of 31 points all season (3.4/game). The Indians were ranked #1 in the state for a couple of weeks until the lone loss to Georgia Industrial Institute. Prior to that 25-7 loss, TFS had gone 3-0 while outscoring opponents 103-6. After the loss to Georgia Industrial, Tallulah Falls never allowed a single point the rest of the way. Wins came over Loganville (60-0), Monticello (34-0), Riverside Military Academy (61-0), Dacula (39-0), and Buford (61-0). That resulted in a total score of 255-0 in the final five games not couting the forfeit over Towns, as TFS finished ranked #3 in the state. In a time where only the region champions made the state tournament, Tallulah Falls' season ended with the blanking of Buford.

That 1968 team contained two members of the TFS Athletic Legends Hall of Honor. Mike Kemp ('69) was an All-State honoree while setting GHSA state records that season in receiving yards (1,843) and TD catches (20). Those records stood for several years, and Kemp ended his career with the former state all-time receiving yards record of 3,097. During that '68 run, Kemp also set a state record that remains of scoring five touchdowns in five different ways in a single game. Tim Crenshaw ('71) was an All-State lineman who anchored both sides of the line for the Indians, and co-captain George Rosser was also named All-State.

Members of the 1968 football team include: Jon Able (MGR), Donnie Bailey, Fred Bailey, Randy Barnett, Buddy Blair, Johnny Boring (MGR), Ralph Carpenter, Joseph Cowart, Tim Crenshaw, Sam Jenkins, Gordon "Skipper" Johnson, Richard Justus, Mike Kemp, Don King, Lewis King, Johnny Kitchens (All-State HM), Steve Knight, Robert McComb, Kenneth Nicholson, Mike Nicholson, Malcolm Oakley, Tommy Oppenheim, Bobby Rader, Ronnie Ray, Bob Rhine, George Rosser, Phil Tucker (MGR), and Larry Vickers.



TFS Inducts Three Members into Athletic Legends Hall of Honor

Ralph Daniel ('67) was a standout football player for TFS. He lettered all four years, and was a GHSA AJC All-State honoree as a 1st-Team selection in 1965 and Honorable Mention in 1964. He was named the GHSA Class C Lineman of the Year in 1966, and was a Work Program Team Leader while at Tallulah Falls.

Daniel earned an NCAA DI scholarship to play at Clemson University, playing on the freshman team in 1967. He redshirted the 1968 season, and was the starting tackle from 1969-1971 for the Clemson Tigers, earning his membership in the Block C Club (Letterman's Club). He played for legendary coach Frank Howard. At Clemson, Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Parks Administration. He went on to get his Master's in Education (Special Needs) at the University of South Carolina.

He was in the Special Needs/Education field from 1972-78, and was then self-employed in a landscaping and nursery business for 35 years (Evergreen Landscapers/Accent Farms Nursery).


TFS Inducts Five Members into Inaugural Hall of Honor

Miriam Abdullah ('08) was a standout in track and field and also played volleyball and basketball while at TFS. She was a 4-time track and field team MVP, and won the region title in both the long jump and triple jump three times. At the time of her graduation, Abdullah held 14 school records, and was chosen as the Indian of the Year a record three times. 

She went on to attend Winthrop University, competing in track and field four years while earning a degree in Business Administration (Entrepreneurship). Following her collegiate career, Abdullah became a Regional Trainer for Playworks Colorado (and was named Playworks Rookie Coach of the Year), and is the Founder of Culture Energized. She has earned the TFS Outstanding Former Student Award, has appeared in articles and on TV about 'Coach Mo', and has been the Head Program Coordinator White House 'Bring Your Kid to Work' event.

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