“2018 – Welcome to the Grind.”
With that simple mantra the Dawson County High School Tigers are back for another season.
With the school year already underway, the excitement of football has begun to show up everywhere. Conversations in grocery stores, offices and living rooms begin to reference Friday nights. Whether it’s a comment on the possibility of a championship this year, or what the games do to traffic, it seems like football becomes the talk of the town.
“It’s game week,” Coach Bradley Fowler shouted during an Aug, 3 practice. “Game day is coming.”
The excitement is contagious as players run contact drills, gap drills, tackling drills and route drills. The sounds of pads and bodies colliding fill Tiger stadium, and all that is missing now is a cheering crowd.
“It really is a next-man-up system” said Head Coach Sid Maxwell. “We try to emphasize that by running everybody through every drill. Offense, defense, doesn’t matter.”
Although he does not anticipate many game scenarios that would require a player to play on both sides of the ball, after back-to-back seasons as the regional runner-up, the focus is on the fundamentals of football and teamwork.
“If the situation comes up, we need to be able to handle it,” Maxwell said.
The first chance to put it all to the test comes this Friday, Aug. 10 with a contest against the visiting North Forsyth Raiders. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Though the game will be played as a scrimmage and does not count towards the season rankings, it marks the first full contact football played by the Tigers this season.
“It gives us an opportunity to see who can do what, try out some different packages,” Maxwell said. “We don’t treat it any differently than any other game. It's all about having fun out there.”
As the season opener, Friday’s event will feature a pre-game BBQ dinner courtesy of The Touchdown Club and Harmony Baptist Church. Tickets for the game are available for purchase online at dchstigerfootball.com.
The full ticket price of $15 includes entry to the game and the BBQ dinner. If you don’t have time for a football game but are looking for a good dinner and a chance to support the Tigers, there is a $10 option just for the BBQ.
“All proceeds go to fund the program, so we can provide the best experience possible for the kids,” said Coach Gregory Baloga.