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Chili Bowl proceeds benefit local scholars
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Adam Buice blocks a play by David McKee during Saturdays benefit flag football game held by the Dawson County Jaycees. Proceeds benefit scholarships for Dawson County High School graduates. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Rain threatened to wash out a benefit flag football tournament at Dawson County High School over the weekend.


“But that’s part of football,” said Clint Bearden, a member of the Dawson County Jaycees, who organized the event. “And the teams didn’t let that slow them down.”


Five teams competed in the Jaycees second annual Chili Bowl on Saturday for a chance to take home the championship trophies and bragging rights for the next year.


“We’re here to win championships, not make friends,” said Lance Walls, one of several former Dawson County High School standouts playing for Chess Hamby’s returning champions, Maximum Discharge.


In 2010, Maximum Discharge stacked the team with several of Walls’ Georgia Tech team mates.


“This [year’s] team didn’t have all the stars we had last year, but we still came through,” Hamby said. The team won the championship game, 26-6.


The tournament is a fundraiser that allows the Jaycees to give scholarships to deserving graduates at the high school each May.


Bearden said it was great to have so many former Dawson County Tiger athletes “participating and helping to give back to this generation of Dawson County High School students.


“The two teams in the championship game had some of the best athletes that Dawson County has ever produced, playing in Tiger Stadium once again, which was fun to watch,” he said.


The Jaycees said they wanted to thank everyone involved in the fundraiser, from the players and referees, to the volunteers, sponsors and administration at the high school for allowing them to use the facility.


“As a result of their hard work and contributions, two deserving Dawson County students will receive scholarships,” he said.