The Dawson County Tigers came ready to play against Pickens High School in the spring game Friday night, and though no score was kept for the practice game, it gave Head Coach Sid Maxwell a chance to see where the varsity team’s strengths are as they look towards the 2018 season.
“I thought Friday we competed well,” said Maxwell. “We made a few mistakes but Pickens did too, so you know, I was real pleased where we are and we still have a long ways to go.”
The spring game was a chance to get as many players on the field as possible. With a deep roster, Maxwell was able to rotate many positions, giving most athletes an opportunity on the field, which is a goal for the team this year under their motto “Attack the Day.”
“The biggest compliment that I can really say on this team is we played so many people on Friday night I saw zero jealousy and I saw people pulling for each other,” said Maxwell. “The chemistry was really good. They got behind each other and pulled for each other whether they were in the game or not.”
The varsity Tigers are losing 25 seniors, including four-year starting quarterback Coey Watson, but Maxwell isn’t too concerned as he has a large group of rising seniors.
“We have a system in place. You know, we lose a good group and you hope the ones who a ready to play step in,” said Maxwell. “It’s just that group is gone and the next group has to come in and play. We’re trying to build tradition and have success and we’ve been blessed to have that my three years here.”
As far as negatives go, Maxwell said he didn’t see any during the spring scrimmage.
“We’re going to make mistakes, you know, and that’s football. We’re going to make mistakes in game five, but we just got to keep getting better, coach them up and I try to keep a positive atmosphere with the boys and set the expectations and we try to have fun and get better,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell is entering his fourth year as head football coach in Dawson County and his 30th year coaching in his career.
“I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to go out here with these young men and enjoy the journey, not so much focus on the destination where we’re going but take a step back, take a deep breath and enjoy it. See how things unfold and if it’s not, whatever needs to be dealt with we’ll make adjustments and go up and attack the day,” said Maxwell.
The team wrapped up their spring practice last week and will begin summer practices June 4. The first game of the season is August 17 at Habersham.