Gridiron Preview 2020: Dawson County

The Tigers have been unbelievable in the Sid Maxwell era. He has led Dawson County to five straight playoff trips after the school only did so twice in the previous 14 years. With an emerging star QB, plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball, and probably the best kicker in this part of the state, the Tigers are primed for huge success in 2020. The expectation in Dawsonville is to be competitive and get better each week.

Head Coach: Sid Maxwell, 6th season
2019 Record:
8-4; State 2nd Round

2020 Schedule

AUG 7 (SCRIMMAGE) – vs North Forsyth ^not likely to be played due to COVID concerns
SEP 4 – @ Cass
SEP 11 – vs Flowery Branch
SEP 18 – vs South Forsyth
SEP 25 – @ Northview
OCT 9 – vs White County*
OCT 16 – BYE
OCT 23 – vs Gilmer*
OCT 30 – @ West Hall*
NOV 6 – vs Cherokee Bluff*
NOV 13 – @ Lumpkin County*
NOV 20 – @ North Hall*

*7-AAA region game ^schedule edited to reflect recent GHSA decision to delay season 2 weeks

Personnel & Schemes

Key Departures: Shawn Thomas, Riley Herndon, Brody Howell, Daniel Brock, DJ Mitchell, Hunter Barron, Bryce Bryant, Will Glaze

Key Returning Players: Zach Holtzclaw, Dakohta Sonnichsen, Caleb Bonesteel, Tripp Caine, Jaden Gibson, Isaiah Grindle

The Tigers always reload with the next man up. Maxwell is great at getting the most out of his guys and playing to his strengths. He’ll consistently put them in a position to succeed.

Up & Coming Players: Zach Holtzclaw, Jaden Gibson, Kade Moledor, Kevin Haymond, Conley Dyer, Cade Adams

Offense: Spread. This is such a fun offense to watch. Dakohta Sonnichsen can beat you in a number of ways, and should have a Player of the Year type of season. Holtzclaw showed out last year and has the ability to be a great dual threat for years to come. You have to like what you’re seeing from Jaden Gibson as well after a solid freshman year. This offense scored 34 points per game a year ago…could be even better this time around. Isaiah Grindle will be the featured back.

Defense: 4-2-5 scheme. The defense is balanced and puts the pressure on the quarterback. That leads to turnovers quite often. A lot of guys are gone from last year’s unit that gave up just over 20 per game. Braedon Hubbard, Kincaid Weaver, and Kade Moledor will be names you hear quite a bit.

Strengths & Areas of Focus

Strengths: Playmakers galore. From Holtzclaw to Sonnichsen, Grindle, Gibson, and special teams with Bonesteel (an All-State type of kicker).

Focusing On: The Tigers’ focus will continue to be on themselves. They work for daily improvement of fundamentals and execution. A lot of competition is also going on in the trenches, as there are many open spots. Cade Adams returns as an OL starter.

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