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FOOTBALL: Tigers show positive signs in Spring Game ‘win’ over East Forsyth
Luke Smith looks for a gap to run through after receiving a handoff from quarterback Davis Glass during Dawson County’s spring game on Friday, May 12. - photo by Rio White

With the school year wrapping up, the Dawson County football team gave a glimpse of what may be in store for next season, hosting their Spring Game against East Forsyth on Friday, May 12. 

While no official score was kept, the Tigers finished the game with a 35-27 advantage — showing positive signs on both sides of the ball.

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The 2022 region champion squad included many seniors, meaning that Friday’s game gave many players a chance to make an impression that could potentially lead to a starting role.

With another new committee of running backs set to shine, the offensive line will need to be playing at a high level once again.

Simeon Welch (left) makes a block for Glass during the spring game. - photo by Rio White

Simeon Welch, Briggs Weaver and Anthony Garcia all shined in the spring game, helping rising junior quarterback Davis Glass get his reps in and allowing running backs to have breathing room.

One particular running back, Luke Smith, had a very successful day and showed off agility and speed that evoked his older brother, Elijah. 

While the run game saw a new rotating cast, receivers Dom LeBlanc and Sawyer Bearden once again proved to be reliable targets for Glass.

Defensively, experience showed its strength in the first half as the score remained 14-14 at halftime. 

Anthony Garcia (56) makes a sack during the spring game. - photo by Rio White

Linebacker Colton Schuette gave a preview of what could be a big season for him, placing constant pressure on the opposing quarterback. Garcia had perhaps an even stronger game on defense than he did on the offensive line.

Two quick scores early in the second half gave Dawson an advantage they would not give up, eventually outlasting the Broncos. 

The Tigers will resume summer practices in June and will prepare for the 2023 season with a scrimmage game against North Forsyth on Friday, August 4 at North Forsyth.