Tigers' Vernon to retire from coaching at season's end

Story and photos by Marianne Ward
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It’s fourth and goal for Waynesville High School head football coach Rick Vernon.

With 33 years as the head coach, Vernon has seen it all — wins, losses, great plays, bad ones, a state championship in 2007, his players on collegiate teams and three in the NFL.

But this Friday will mark a first for the seasoned coach:  This will be Vernon’s first home game of his final season as WHS’s head football coach.