This year’s football game between Williamson and LeFlore high schools will be named in honor of a coach who helped establish the tradition of football at Williamson, Levi Washington.
The season-opening game, set for Aug. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, will be named the Levi Washington Classic.
Washington coached at Williamson in the 1960s and ‘70s, and the Lions’ practice field is named for him. Current Williamson coach Dedrick Sumpter remembered him as a pioneer of the single wing offense.
“He was very innovative for his time,” Sumpter said of Washington, who is now retired and living in Louisiana. “No one was able to stop his innovative offense. He had years and years and years of winning. He set the example for the tradition that Williamson was able to carry on throughout the years.”
Sumpter said there will be a Levi Washington Classic involving the Lions each season, but it might be against different opponents. LeFlore will host next year’s game between the Rattlers and Lions and LeFlore coach Anthony Shamburger said the school intends to honor former Rattler coach William “Bill” Jessie at that time.
“We’re excited to be a part of this Classic,” Shamburger said. “I think any time you get the Maysville and the Toulminville communities together, there’s a lot of pride and tradition there.”