The Team the Titans Remember: The 1971 Andrew Lewis High School Football Team: The Final Link to a Lasting Legacy

The Team the Titans Remember: The 1971 Andrew Lewis High School Football Team: The Final Link to a Lasting Legacy

by Mark A. O'Connell

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In 2000, Walt Disney Pictures released the film Remember the Titans which stirred the hearts of many but falsely depicted the Titans of T.C. Williams playing their arch-rival, George C. Marshall, in a nail-biter of a championship football game decided on the last play in a place called Roanoke Stadium.
  The Titans played a small and scrappy bunch of players from Salem known as the Wolverines of Andrew Lewis High in the historic Victory Stadium of Roanoke.
  Salem native Mark A. O'Connell sets the record straight for all time in this book which tells the true story of the championship game and also links the 1971 Andrew Lewis High "Wolverines" to a lasting-legacy which had begun in 1962 under legendary head Coach Eddie Joyce.
  Now you can read the true--and unaltered--story.

Now this from Coach Foster:

Andrew Lewis, a small southwest Virginia school located in Salem and nicknamed the Wolverines, played--and won--against some of the largest schools in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Tennessee. Today, these schools would be classified in Virginia as 6A, the largest of all six classifications. During the 1971 season, Andrew Lewis played 7 schools that had student enrollments over 2,000 while Lewis's enrollment was only 975 students. Lewis was 12-1 that year, its only loss to T.C. Williams (Remember the Titans Game) which had an enrollment of 5,000 students. Between 1962 and 1971, Andrew Lewis won 2 state championships ('62,'64) and was runner-up 3 times ('66,'67 and '71) as a member of the largest classification in Virginia. Over that span of time--considered as "the best years of Coach Joyce"--the Wolverines compiled a record of 88 wins, 15 losses and 2 ties--Dale Foster.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158913792
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 758
Sales rank: 648,670
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Salem native Mark O’Connell relocated to central Virginia in 1988, where he has lived ever since. After working as an adult probation officer with the Commonwealth of Virginia for twenty-five years, he retired on May 1, 2016, and continues to work as a freelance sports reporter and in broadcasting for the local television station in Culpeper.

As a fan of the Wolverines during his youth, he has remained a loyal fan of the Salem Spartans football team since 1983 and attended the championship games in 1991, 1998, and 2016.

He is married and is the father of three, all of whom are now adults.

He has previously authored two books, Criminal Minds in Real Time and Justice Denied.

Contact him via e-mail at or visit his website at

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