Macon Touchdown Club enters 67th season

sports@macon.comSeptember 2, 2013 

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It’s fried pork chop time again.

Macon Touchdown Club members know what that means. It’s the most popular meal served during the weekly Monday meetings held at the Methodist Home for Youth and Children on Pierce Avenue during the football season. Lonnie Bivins, facilities director at the home, and his staff put out a home-cooked meal each week that rivals what we used to enjoy at Len Berg’s, and do I miss that restaurant.

While we get pork chops three to four times a year, you can also expect fried chicken, fried catfish, carved turkey, ham and roast beef, along with a wide variety of casseroles, vegetables and deserts.

The Touchdown Club kicks off its 67th season Monday night with new Kennesaw State head coach Brian Bohannon as the featured speaker. He is the son of former Willingham assistant Lloyd Bohannon, who went on to have great success as the head coach at Griffin.

Brian Bohannon, whose team won’t begin play until 2015, is no stranger to football in the Peach State. After playing for his father at Griffin, he was a wide receiver at Georgia for Ray Goff from 1990-93. He has also coached at Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech, as well as at Navy and Gardner-Webb.

Bohannon is one of five speakers making their first trip to the club. The others are Mississippi State head man Dan Mullen, Tennessee’s Butch Jones, SEC Head of Officials Steve Shaw and Chick-fil-A Bowl Executive Director Gary Stokan.

Mullen is in his fifth season in Starkville and has led the Bulldogs to a 29-22 record during that period. Last season, they were invited to the Gator Bowl and finished the season at 8-5.

Jones, in his first season at Tennessee, came to the Vols from Cincinnati. He also was previously the head coach at Central Michigan. Jones is considered one of the top recruiters in the nation, and the 2014 Tennessee recruiting class has an early No. 2 national ranking, according to rivals.com.

Stokan leads one of the most popular postseason bowl games in the country. The game matches teams from the SEC and the ACC and has had sellouts for more than a decade and a half. He also has the Chick-fil-A Bowl in the rotation for the college football playoff, which begins after the 2014 season.

Shaw is expected to give members insight on the new rules relating to creating a safer game, especially as it relates to hits that cause concussions.

Other speakers on this year’s list include Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, Murray State head coach and Macon native Chris Hatcher, Mercer’s Bobby Lamb, Georgia Southern’s Jeff Monken and ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Matt Stinchcomb. The annual jamboree speaker has not yet been announced.

The club, which currently numbers in excess of 225 members, still has openings. If you like football and good food, you won’t spend a better evening. For more information, contact Executive Director King Kemper at 750-7507 or this year’s club president, Russell Deese, at 550-0524. For the complete season schedule, go to www.macontouchdownclub.com.

Contact Bobby Pope, who hosts the Saturday Scoreboard at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports 1670, at bobbypope428@gmail.com

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