Game of the Week Preview: Habersham vs Dawson

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Our game of the week is Habersham Central vs Dawson County in a Week 0 matchup. This one was an easy pick for us as Game of the Week because it’s two of our local programs playing, but also it’s a first-ever matchup between schools that are fairly close in locale.

HABERSHAM

Hab Central had the unwanted title of “unluckiest team” in the state after going just 2-8, but losing six of those games by a combined 18 points. If there was a heartbreaking way to lose last year, the Raiders suffered it. This was an 8-2 team that just couldn’t buy a break. Fortunately, the talent this year is right alongside it, with Gainesville transfer Tre’ Luttrell (who beat Hab with a Hail Mary last year) in at quarterback. He’s an all-state selection in Class 6A, and has a plethora of weapons in Donovan Curry, Daniel Matkovic, Tarin Westbrook, Tracey Lowery (Stephens transfer), Dontarious Bailey, Arian Curry and others.  The Raiders had both extremes last year – an offense that ranked fourth best in school history (35 pts/game) but a defense that was the sixth highest in school history in points allowed (36 pts/game). With the addition of defensive coordinator Stan Luttrell (former Gainesville, Buford and Chestatee coach), that number will surely decrease.

DAWSON

Dawson had yet another incredible season last year. Gone however is Coey Watson, a 100-touchdown quarterback who ended his career as one of the top dual threats in state history. He’s now on to the next level, and the Tigers, under head coach Sid Maxwell, turn the page. Last season’s Tigers put up the most points in school history (32/game). They return all-state running back Sevaughn Clark and top threat receiver Ryan Glass, as well as an extremely impressive defense anchored by Zac Baloga, Logan Barnes, Noah Brock and Caleb Bell just to name a few. Clark will now be the quarterback, so he immediately becomes a dual threat, and Dawson Christian transfer Admad Kamara is expected to get some big carries, as will some others.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Be looking for highlights post-game late tonight as well as a story recapping WEEK 0. BLITZ will also share highlights with Fox 5’s HIGH 5 Sports, so the highlights will play on Channel 5 at 11 PM.

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OUR PREDICTION

We love both of these teams. This should be a good one, and too close for us to call. Therefore, we want you to decide for us as our official prediction. Who do you think wins?

DETAILS OF THE MATCHUP

TIME: 7:30 pm kickoff
PLACE: John Larry Black Field / Habersham Central High School / Mt. Airy, GA
LAST MEETING: N/A; 1st-ever meeting
ALL-TIME RECORD: N/A; 1st-ever meeting
RECORDS: Habersham Central Raiders (0-0; 0-0 in 8-AAAAAA); Dawson County Tigers (0-0; 0-0 in 7-AAA)

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HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

These teams are close in proximity, but haven’t met EVER. That’s part of the intrigue of this matchup.


TEAM LEADERS (2017 STATS if provided)

HABERSHAM CENTRAL

PASSING
Tre’ Luttrell: 1,536 yds, 11 TD (Gainesville)

RUSHING
Tre’ Luttrell: 511 yds, 6 TD (Gainesville)
Daniel Matkovic: 274 yds, 6 TD
Arian Curry
Dontarius Bailey

RECEIVING
Donovan Curry: 598 yds, 8 TD
Tarin Westbrook: 108 yds

DEFENSE
Donovan Curry: 12 TKL, 1 INT
Luke Wilson: 12 TKL, 1.5 TFL
Tre’ Luttrell

DAWSON COUNTY

PASSING
Sevaughn Clark: 29 yds
Trey Pruitt: 31 yds

RUSHING
Sevaughn Clark: 1,806 yds, 16 TD
Ahmad Kamara: (Dawson Christian)
Ethan Abernathy: 493 yds, 4 TD (Lumpkin)
Shawn Thomas: 187 yds, TD
Robbie Rarick: 159 yds, 3 TD
Ethan Cameron: 136 yds

RECEIVING
Ryan Glass: 768 yds, 8 TD
Ethan Cameron: 489 yds, 5 TD
Hunter Barron: 179 yds
Sevaughn Clark: 157 yds

TACKLES
Logan Barnes: 122 TKL, 5 TFL, INT
Caleb Bell: 64 TKL
Noah Brock: 57 TKL, 2 TFL, 3 INT
Zac Baloga: 55 TKL, 17 TFL, 10 SACKS
Jason Browning: 46 TKL, 6 TFL, 3 SACKS
TJ Wilson: 30 TKL, 6 TFL, 6 SACKS, INT

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