Crash claims life of Dawson County High student


Elizabeth Sheer

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – A two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 53 near Buddy Burt Road claimed the life of 18-year-old Grace Elizabeth Sheer Monday morning.

Sheer was a senior at Dawson County High School and the 2017 Homecoming Queen.

A Georgia State Patrol incident report indicated she was driving a 2002 Honda CR-V west on Hwy. 53 shortly before 8 a.m. At the same time, a 2017 Peterbilt tractor trailer, driven by Edwin Thomas Kincannon Jr., was traveling east on Hwy. 53.

Sheer failed to negotiate the curve in the road, over-corrected to the left and lost control of her vehicle. The vehicle then began to rotate counterclockwise and crossed the center line. Sheer’s vehicle entered the eastbound lane of Hwy. 53 and was struck in the passenger side of the vehicle by the front of the tractor trailer.

Sheer’s Honda traveled off the south shoulder, struck an embankment with the rear of the vehicle and came to an uncontrolled final rest facing east on the south shoulder of Hwy. 53. The tractor trailer came to a final rest with the front of the vehicle in the westbound lane of Hwy. 53, while the trailer came to a rest in the eastbound lane.

Kincannon, 42, of Cartersville, was not injured in the crash. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

The Dawson County School Board observed a moment of silence in memory of Sheer at Monday’s meeting. School Superintendent Dr. Damon Gibbs said the school’s crisis response team is available to meet with students who need help to cope with the tragedy, and he asked those in attendance to remember Sheer family members in their prayers.



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Dawson County Coach Lacey Killed in Car Accident


UPDATE FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Dawson County High School Coach Jed Lacey was killed this morning and three others injured in a four-vehicle crash on Ga. 400 just south of Exit 6.

Two of those injured were teenagers who were passengers in Lacey’s Dodge Ram pickup truck. The teenagers are not identified, but have been taken to North Fulton Hospital for treatment.

The accident took place around 6:30 a.m. and the road was closed for nearly four hours.

In addition to coaching the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, Lacey was an assistant coach on the varsity football team.

Lacey was named by fellow coaches as the Region 7-AAA Girls Coach of the Year earlier this year.

A prayer vigil will be held at the Dawson County High School football field tonight and counselors will be available at the school on Monday.


Dawson County Soccer Coach Dies in Car Wreck


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson confirmed to Fetch Your News that Dawson County High School soccer Coach Jed Lacey was killed and several others seriously injured this morning in a car wreck in Forsyth County.

FYN is attempting to reach Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman and will have more details as they become available.

In addition to coaching the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, Lacey was an assistant coach on the varsity football team.

Lacey was named by fellow coaches as the Region 7-AAA Girls Coach of the Year earlier this year


North Hall Outlasts Dawson County in Overtime

Dawson County High School, Sports

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — North Hall outscored Region 7-AAA opponent Dawson County 9-3 in overtime Tuesday to claim a hard fought 60-55 win at the North Hall gym.

Coach Chad Pittman’s Tigers (8-8, 2-2) trailed by as much as 10 points in the first half, but a fourth-quarter rally and layup by Cullen Reed with five seconds left sent the game into overtime.

But Dawson County failed to score a single point in the extra period until Joseph Cronan sank a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left.

North Hall scored only one field goal in the overtime period, but hit 7 of 14 free throws to put the game away.

North Hall led 19-10 after the first period and 29-22 at halftime.

Dawson County took a 43-42 lead on Ryan Gallenkamp’s layup with 5:59 left in the game before the Trojans went on an 8-2 run to lead 50-44 with 42 seconds left.

A Jeremiah Crumley layup, a 3-pointer by Reed and Reed’s layup with 5 seconds left sent the game into overtime.

Reed was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points. Crumley added 14 for the Tigers. Alden Lewallen led North Hall with 14, followed by Evan Easton with 11.

The Tigers will travel to East Hall for another 7-AAA game Friday.

North Hall (10-7, 3-2) defeated Dawson County 55-44 in the girls’ game. The Lady Trojans led 27-15 at intermission. The Lady Tigers rallied in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 37-32 entering the final period.

But the Lady Trojans outscored Dawson County 18-2 in the fourth quarter, hitting 7 of 10 foul shots and getting three 3-point baskets by Sadie Cleveland.
Taylor Anne Kelley led North Hall with 24 points followed by Cleveland with 22.

Abi Chatham and Calli Watson led Dawson County with eight points each.


Blessed Trinity Outlasts Dawson County in Overtime


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Ben Sheppard calmly sank a pair of free throws with :07 left to lift Blessed Trinity to a thrilling 54-52 win over host Dawson County in a non-region  game Friday night.

Blessed Trinity took the biggest lead of the game at 32-22 late in the third quarter oon Randall Dorvee’s  free throw late in the third quarter. But that seemed to light a fire under the Tigers who then went on a 19-9 run to tie the game with 2:57 left in regulation. Coey Watson’s jumper sent it into overtime tied at 45.

The two teams battled back and forth in the four-minute overtime period until Sheppard hit the free throws that turned out to be game winning free throws. The Tigers still had :07 left to change the outcome, but just as he had done in the first half, C.J. Abrams intercepted a desperation pass and iced  the game for the Titans.

Abrams dominated the second quarter, picking off five errant Tiger passes and scoring 14 of his team-leading 16 points.

“I thought we overcame all the turnovers in the second half and played with a lot of pride,” Tigers Coach Chad Pittman said. “Hopefully these non-region games will serve as a learning experience. when we open region play.

Crumley was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points.


Dawson County Boys, Girls Teams Beat Lumpkin County

Dawson County High School, Sports

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County boys and girls basketball teams took twin wins over rival Lumpkin County Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers (2-7, 1-1) placed three players in double figures to roll past the Lady Indians 55-27. Abi Chatham led the way with 20 points, followed by Kaylee Sticker and Cadey Ayers with 12 each.

Dawson County led 21-16 at halftime, and outscored the visitors 15-1 in the third quarter and 19-10 in the fourth to put the game away.

Coach Chad Pittman’s boys had a more difficult time in outlasting a scrappy Indians team 58-55.
Lumpkin County’s Zack Pulley was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. Dawson County countered with three players scoring in double figures. Freshman Campbell Reed led the Tigers with 12 points, followed by Cullen Reed with 11 and Joseph Cronin with 10.

Campbell Reed scored all his points on four 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Tigers opened up a 39-30 lead at halftime.

Lumpkin County rallied to tie the game at 43-43 on a pair of free throws by Jacob Zarate and again at 48-48 on a 3-pointer by Matthew Hayes with 5:26 left in the game. With 3:50 left, the Tigers held a very shaky 53-51 lead and the Indians were still alive but they never scored again.


It’s Time for the 7AAA Game of the Year: Dawson Co. vs. Greater Atlanta Christian

Dawson County High School, Sports

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – From Norcross to Dawsonville excitement is building for The Game of the Year in Region 7-AAA: No. 8 Dawson County (7-1, 5-0) vs. No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian (8-1, 5-0) Friday in Tiger Stadium for the championship.

High school football fans know this clash was inevitable. For weeks, the Tigers and Spartans have bludgeoned their opponents into submission, often scoring in the high 40s and 50s. Both have lost only once and those setbacks were in overtime, early-season games.

On paper, they are as evenly matched as two teams can be.

Dawson County has outscored its opponents by an average of 42-17. GAC has won by an average of 39-13. The Tigers have averaged 213 yards rushing and 185 yards passing per game. GAC averages 191 yards rushing and 180 yards passing.

At the all-important quarterback position, the Spartans are led by Stanford commit Davis Mills, who has passed for 1,331 yards and completed 69 percent of his attempts for a quarterback rating (QBR) of 143.4. The Tigers are led by Coey Watson, the 2015 Player of the Year who has passed for 1,440 yards and completed 60 percent of his passes for a QBR of 118.6.

GAC has the region’s best runner in Kyler McMichael, a 6-2, 195-pound blue-chip athlete who has run for 957 yards and 12 touchdowns. McMichael already has scholarship offers from LSU, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan and Michigan State.

Dawson County counters with a stable of solid running backs, led by Watson who has gained 555 yards on the ground, Payton Myers who had 515 yards and nine touchdowns. Taylor Cronan, who has dealt with a nagging shoulder injury all season, still averages 7.7 yards per carry and flashy Nasser Clark, who just transferred from White County.

Defensively, the Tigers have three players averaging double-digit tackles per game. Senior linebacker Luke Martin is scary good with the ability to cover sideline to sideline. Martin averages 15 stops per game, followed by safeties Colin Glover with 12.7 and Jeremy Whalen who averages 10 stops per game and has a team-leading three interceptions.

GACs defense is led by senior safety Davis Markham who averages seven tackles, Devin Thomas (6.3) and linebacker Robby Fowler (5.2).

In a close game, special teams is often the deciding factor. Dawson County has a flat-out game changer in Kolton Brumbelow. The speedy senior, who didn’t play football until this year, has averaged an amazing 83 yards on four kickoff returns, including touchdown runs of 99, 95 and 99 yards.

Both teams have reliable place kickers. Sean Henderson has connected on 31 of 32 extra point attempts and Brooks Buce has converted 10 of 11 and added a 54-yard field goal. The Tigers Cole Dennis has converted 21 of 22 PATs and Payton Allen is perfect on his three extra point attempts.

This is the one everyone has waited for. If you’re planning to go to the game, better get there early. The weather is expected to be perfect, the stands are expected to be filled and Tiger Stadium is expected to be rocking.




Tigers Roll Past Indians 54-8 Face GAC For 7AAA Title Friday

Dawson County High School, Sports


DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — Dawson County (7-1, 5-0) rolled past Lumpkin County 54 to 8 Friday to set up a high-stakes, winner-take-all showdown against No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian at Tiger Stadium next Friday to for the Region 7-AAA championship.

If the Tigers were looking ahead to the title game, there was no sign of it on the field. Coach Sid Maxwell’s starters dominated the game from the opening kickoff until the game’s final play. Dawson County scored on four of its first five possessions to take a 30-0 lead at the half.

Maxwell said he had some concerns.

“I’ve coached forever and anybody who says they’re not concerned just doesn’t know what may come the next week.”

Payton Myers, who rushed for two touchdowns, scored the first on a 24-yard run barely four minutes into the game and Cole Dennis added the PAT.

The Tigers got the benefit of a short field on their next possession when Drake Samples returned the Indians punt 24 yards to the Lumpkin County 23. Following an illegal procedure penalty, quarterback Coey Watson hit Nick Murphy on a 28-yard scoring strike. A two-point conversion gave the Tigers a 15-0 lead.

Lumpkin County’s second possession ended in disaster when punter Harrison Spivey fumbled the snap in his own end zone and fell on it for a safety to make it 17-0.

White County transfer Nasser Clark gave the Tigers a 23-0 lead when he scored on a 4-yard run to cap a seven play, 40-yard drive. A 7-yard run by Myers closed out the first half scoring.

While the Tigers offense was on a rampage, their defense was strangling the life out of the Indians who had only two first downs and 51 yards of total offense in the first half.

“Our defense held them pretty good,” Maxwell said. “They had 63 points last week (against Fannin County).  Our defensive coach and the staff did a great job holding them to hardly anything.”

By the time Lumpkin County could muster any offense at all, Watson had thrown a 44-yard touchdown pass to Kolton Brumbelow, Dennis had added a 23-yard field goal and the Tigers starters had taken a seat.

Cole White scored the Indians only touchdown with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

Dawson County answered that score in a heartbeat when speedy Kolton Brumbelow took the ensuing kickoff one blade of grass away from his own goal line and streaked 99 yards. It was his third kick return for a touchdown in four weeks. The other two went for 99 and 95 yards respectively.

“Hats off to him,” Maxwell said. “I had to talk the boy into playing football. He’s never played before this year.”

Reserve quarterback Connor Bearden closed out the scoring for Dawson County on a 1-yard run.

Thanks to Paige Sweany for the great photos!

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