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The first place Dawson County Tigers hosted the Spencer Green Waves last Friday in the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs. Maxpreps had the Tigers as a 22 point favorite, but Spencer came to play. The Tigers defense was key in their 22-12 win.
Offensively, Dawson struggled at times, but also shined under sophomore QB Coey Watson. Watson has had a great year throwing for 1556 yards, 12 TD and a 81.5% QB rating. He has also rushed for 346 yards on 112 carries and 8 touchdowns, one for 100+ yards. Not bad for his first year on varsity. The Tigers are making history under Coach Sid Maxwell. This is the first winning season since 2012 (6-5) and only the second since 2005 (7-3). This is also the first time the Tigers have won a Region Championship. The Tigers only region loss this year was to Fannin, but they bounced back and used the loss to propel them to this historical season.
Senior Hunter Mitchell and Watson have a combined total of 1116 yards of the teams 1701 yards, 7 – 100+ yards runs and 17 touchdowns of the teams 21. They have been the workhorses of the Tigers, but without an offensive line none of that would happen.
Defensively the Tigers have also been juggernauts on the field. Combining for 100 solo tackles out of the 149 total tackles, averaging 14.9 per game and 11 sacks for a loss of 62 yards.
The Dawson County Tigers (9-3) host the Blessed Trinity Titans (11-0-1) this Friday at Tigers Stadium. The Titans are coming off a win over Jefferson, 38-12. They are lead by senior RB/CB Milton Shelton who has amassed 1504 rushing yards on 180 carries, avg. 136.7 per game and 23 TDs. The team averages 131.8 passing YPG, 229.1 rushing YPG, and have used five different QBs this season. Senior Conor Davis (QBR-116.7) being the main goto guy having thrown for 1314 passing yards on 124 attempts.
I had the pleasure of talking with Coach Maxwell prior to last Fridays game. (Checkout entire Interview here).
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Tiger Stadium, Dawsonville, GA.
What: GHSA Class AAA State Playoffs 2nd round
Spencer 9-3 – Dawson County 8-3
Spencer-47 at Washington County-34 and Ringgold-40 at Dawson-63
Series: First meeting.
Spencer has won seven straight games, while Dawson has won four straight. Spencer is the No. 3 seed from Region 2 and Dawson is the No. 1 seed from Region 7. Both teams are playing in their first ever GHSA State Playoffs. Spencer, finishing 1-9 last year, has four state titles dating back to the 1960’s in the Georgia Interscholastic Association, the governing body of schools during the era of segregation. Spencer won its first GHSA state playoff game last week. In 1993, they beat Shaw in region playoffs, but then lost to Wayne County in the first round. This was Dawson County’s first region title in school history, after going 2-8 last year. Coach Sid Maxwell was brought in and took over coaching duties this year. The winner will advance to the GHSA quarterfinals for the first time.
Region 7-AAA play got underway this past Friday and by the looks of it, it’s anyone’s to win.
Fannin Rebels(2-2,0-0) had the week off to get prepared for their upcoming region match-up with Banks County(3-2,0-1). Banks is coming off a loss to Franklin County(2-2,1-0) last week, 7-14. Banks was 8-14 passing for 83 yards. 36 carries for 175 yards and 8 catches for 83 yards. Franklin had no data posted.
East Hall(1-4,1-0)travelled to Lumpkin County(2-3,0-1) and made short work of the Indians, winning easily, 48-14. There were no available stats at present.
Dawson County(2-2,1-0) made a trip to defending Region 7-AAA champs, West Hall Spartans(2-3,0-1) and shut them out, 14-0. No available stats recorded
This Week’s Games Friday Oct. 2
Fannin at Banks
Dawson at East Hall
Lumpkin at Franklin
Region 7-AAA Stats as of 9/25/2015
(Some stats are not recorded by various teams)
Georgia Tech redshirt junior center Freddie Burden is among 63 players named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List, released Wednesday by the Rimington Trophy Committee. Burden, who was named to the spring watch list in May, is one of seven ACC centers on the list.
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in FBS. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised more than $2.6 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The 14-year-old award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $115 million for CF Research.
The Statesboro, Ga., native earned 2014 All-ACC honorable mention after starting all 14 games at center for the Yellow Jackets. He was part of Georgia Tech’s offensive line that allowed just 0.79 sacks per game (first in ACC, second nationally), while helping the Jackets lead the nation in rushing offense with a school-record 342.1 yards per game and 4,789 rushing yards.
Dave Rimington, the award’s namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy’s only double winner as the nation’s finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.
While more than a dozen All-America teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee used these three prestigious teams to determine a winner:
Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
Sporting News (SN)
Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)
Because the selectors of these three All-America teams can place centers in a “mix” of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11- man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee’s policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All- America teams.
The center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the center with the most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee. The winner will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy Presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 16, 2016.
Georgia Tech opens the 2015 season Sept. 3 against Alcorn State (7:30 p.m. ET, RSN). 2015 Georgia Tech season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets in person at the Georgia Tech Ticket Office (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.), by phone at 888-TECH-TIX, or online at togetherweswarm.com. Season tickets for Tech’s seven-game home schedule start at just $245 – a value of $35 per game. Great lower-level seats are available from $350. There is no per-game ticket or Tech Fund price increase in 2015. The only difference is the addition of a seventh home game (Georgia).
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YELLOW JACKETS ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
Paul Hornung Award (Most Versatile)
Jamal Golden, DB/KR
Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)
Justin Thomas, QB
Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year)
Adam Gotsis, DT
Rimington Trophy (Top Center)
Freddie Burden, C