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Two Dawson County Tigers named to 3A All-State football team
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Zac Baloga, senior, records a strip sack and fumble recovery in a game against the Denmark Danes on Sept. 9. - photo by Bob Christian

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Dawson County High School senior Logan Barnes was recently named to the 3A All-State football team. - photo by Bob Christian

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Dawson County High School senior Zac Baloga was recently named to the 3A All-State football team. - photo by Bob Christian

Two Dawson County Tiger football players were recently named to the 3A All-State football team: defensive lineman Zac Baloga and free safety Logan Barnes.

Baloga anchored a defensive line that held opponents to an average of 15 points per game over 12 games and was a key reason the Tigers advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs.

From his position on the edge, Baloga recorded an astounding 21 tackles for loss, and sacked opposing quarterbacks 10 times over the season to lead the Tigers in both categories.

Although Baloga has not committed to play at the next level, he is being heavily recruited and will be accepting visits in January prior to making his decision by national signing day on Feb. 6, 2019.

Baloga doesn’t know yet exactly where he wants to play, but he does know what he is looking for at his new home.

“I want to be anywhere that I can get onto a field,” Baloga said. “Anywhere on a field that has the same feeling as Dawsonville.”

Barnes was named to the all-state team after leading all 3A defensive backs in tackles with 115 on the year (72 of those recorded as solo tackles). Barnes also kept opposing quarterbacks hon est with three interceptions to lead the Tigers in 2018.

Having announced his intention to commit to the Wofford Terriers over the summer, Barnes made the decision final by being the first player to sign a National Letter of Intent with Wofford on Dec. 19, the first day players were eligible to finalize their recruitment.