The Titans danced their way into history. 13-0, the perfect season. State Champions and first runner up for the national championship, second best high school team in the country.
Gerry won a gold medal for the shot put in the wheelchair games. We coached him, Daddy and I. Ten years later, Gerry died, and that's what brought us here today. Gerry is gone, but his spirit lives on. People say it can't work; black and white. Well, here we make it work every day. We have our disagreements, of course. But before we reach for hate, always, always, we remember the Titans.
As Sheryl placed the rose on Gerry's grave, Julius began to sing. "Na, na, na, na. Na, na, na ,na. Hey, hey, hey. Good-bye" then, we all began to sing. "Na, na, na, na. Na, na, na, na. Hey, hey, hey. Good-bye" and it was time to leave Gerry to the angel, taking him to Heaven, where he could run and play again.
Herman Boone coached the Titans' football team for five more years. He is retired and is living in Alexandria.
Bill Yoast assisted Herman Boone for four for years. He retired from coaching in 1990.
Herman Boone and Bill Yoast became good friends, and they continue that friendship today.
Gerry Bertier was a two-time all-American. He became a leader and an inspiration to the handicapped community in Virginia.
He was killed in a car crash with a drunk driver in 1981. The gym at T.C. Williams was renamed after him.
Big Julius was named to the 1971 all-American team. His football days over, he began a career working for the city of Alexandria.
Julius and Bertier remained close friends until Gerry's death.
Sheryl Yoast continued to help her father on the field.
Ronnie 'Sunshine' Bass became the starting quarterback at University of South Carolina. He lives in Greenville, S.C. and works for ABC.
Petey Jones remains in Alexandria and went to work for the Alexandria school system. He continues that work today.
Jerry Harris, 'the Rev', retired from football after the '71 season. He attended Federal City College and currently works for the US Air. He and Sandra were married on the Titan footbll field. The whole team was there.
Louie Lastik played four years of college football at Austin Peay State University. He graduated and is now a successful businessman in Tennessee.