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Maroon and white game all about speed
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Coach Sid Maxwell consults with his staff as Coey Watson and the white offense sets up during Saturdays spring game at Tiger Stadium. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

There was plenty to see and no time to get bored for any Dawson County football fan during Saturday's maroon and white game.

Eighth through 12th grade players took to the field at Tiger Stadium under gorgeous sunny skies to show what they've learned under the tutelage of Head Coach Sid Maxwell.

"It's football time in Dawson County" was the call from the booth at the stadium as parents, students and fans filed in for the future of Tiger football.

The eighth and ninth graders took the field first and ran 83 plays during 60 minutes according to Maxwell.

"Our philosophy of football is there is very little standing around. If you watch us in practice, if you watch us playing, we are continually moving. We try to keep everybody involved," Maxwell said.

It was a fast moving, continuous shuffle of squads on and off the field.

"They really did a great job out there. I think the parents were all pleased with the organization and just seeing the next step of everybody getting to play," he said.

The first game ended in a 28-28 tie with solid work from quarterbacks Will Glaze and Maximos Moon.

Glaze connected multiple times with Hunter Barron.

Moon recovered a bad snap and was able to take it to the end zone on the keeper. Moon also had a completion for a touchdown to Barron.

Danny Phillips had a carry for a maroon touchdown and Chris Cofield connected with Brandon Lantz to tie things up.

"I was real impressed with eighth and ninth grade. I thought they mastered some of the things we were doing," Maxwell said.

On the varsity side, Maxwell was also pleased.

"It was nice to see that we were able to at least know where we are going compared to this time last year. Some people hadn't really lost a beat," he said.

Coey Watson led the white team on six drives that all resulted in touchdowns.

He connected multiple times with Taylor Cronan as well as with Colin Glover and Trey Dixon.

Jeremy Whalen came up with an interception for the white team.

"We also had a chance with Connor Bearden, Cullen Reed, and even our young guy Trey Pruitt had a chance to get a lot of reps at quarterback. It was really good just trying to build some depth," he said.

Reed had completions to Nick Murphy and Austin Young.

The varsity game also resulted in a tie, 56-56.

"We are very pleased on setting the tempo. We had some people really make some pretty good plays. The big thing, I think, they had fun through spring. I think this will get us excited going into the summer season which is basically where you develop your athletes," he said.

"We saw some great things, people working within the system. Everybody got a chance to be out there," Maxwell said.

Tiger football will begin summer practice where Maxwell expects up to 200 players to cycle through a staggered schedule that will include weight training, drills, strength and speed training as well as plyometrics.