The 7-AAA All-Region Awards and First Team Honors for football were announced at the beginning of December and the Dawson County Tigers were heavily featured as 13 members of the varsity team were named to the list.
Scoring 18 touchdowns while amassing 1,418 rushing yards on a season average of 9.8 yards per carry and 118.2 yards per game, senior running back Ahmad Kamara captured the Offensive Most Valuable Player Award. Kamara was quick to accept thanks for the honor but quicker to acknowledge his teammates.
“It is nice to win,” Kamara said. “But I couldn’t have done it without the rest of the guys, you know.”
The other half of the Dawson County backfield, quarterback SeVaughn Clark, was named Co-Athlete of the Year (along with GAC Spartan Ty James) for his dual-threat talent behind the line. Clark led the Tigers deep into the state tournament as he passed for 936 yards and nine touchdowns over 12 games while adding another 857 yards and 15 touchdowns with his legs.
Winning the Special Teams Player of the Year Award and rounding out the Tigers’ trio of All-Region winners was sophomore Caleb Bonesteel, who connected on an impressive 42 of 42 extra points and went 5 of 6 in field goals for a total 57 points on the season.
Also, recognized for anchoring one of the strongest rushing lines in high school football this year (at one point being ranked number one in the state), seniors Justin Butler and Matthew McCracken were named to the 7-AAA First Team Offense, while fellow seniors TJ Wilson and Ryan Glass, as the team’s leading receivers, captured their spots at tight end and wide receiver.
Tigers sack leader Zac Baloga, who dropped opposing quarterbacks 10 times in 12 games, and fellow senior Jason Browning will represent Dawson County’s dominant defensive line on the 7-AAA first team defense. They will be backed up by senior Logan Barnes at defensive back who led the team in interceptions with three and total tackles at 115.
Rounding out the first team defense honorees with two interceptions apiece and a combined 107 total tackles are senior defensive back Noah Brock and junior Brody Howell as linebacker.
Named to the 7-AAA first team special teams, sophomore Dahkota Sonnichsen displayed his talents across a wide range of duties during the season, racking up 395 yards rushing and 231 receiving while accounting for six total touchdowns, but he was featured most prominently in the Tigers as a punt returner and always seemed to come up big when the team needed it the most.
With 13 players recognized overall the Dawson County Tigers featured the most players of any team in the region to be named as All-Region Awards recipients or Region First Team players.
The Dawson County Tigers awards banquet scheduled for Dec. 9 was cancelled due to weather and has been rescheduled beginning at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Performing Arts Center.