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Spring football game Friday
Spring Football pic
The Dawson County High School football team ran through offensive drills last week during the first day of spring practice. On Thursday and Friday night, eighth grade through varsity will play their spring games at Tiger Stadium. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

It's time for a sneak peek of Tiger football.

On Thursday and Friday night, Dawson County football teams will take to the field for the culmination of spring football and the excitement is palpable.

"Spring practice is always an exciting time of the year as it marks the first time our team comes together to do football activities," said Offensive Coordinator Andy LeBlanc.

Practices began on May 8 and from the middle school on up, teams have been at work every afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

On May 18, the eighth and ninth grade teams will play. The ninth grade program will have an intra-squad scrimmage while the eighth graders will take on Pickens County.

Then for the first time in the new season, the varsity and junior varsity team will take the field under the lights to face the Pickens County Dragons.

"I think the focus and the effort has been really well for the first few practices. I am excited to see who will step up and set themselves apart from the pack. We have many starting positions up for grabs. We have graduated 10 starters from last year so I am excited to watch these young and unproven develop," LeBlanc said.

Last year's starting quarterback, Coey Watson, will return in his role and continues to provide leadership on the field, according to LeBlanc.


"I also think there are some players that have been leading through their effort on the field," he said. "It is a little early yet to see who will emerge as team leaders, but I think we have several kids that have that potential.

"Leadership is earned through continuous effort and selflessness."

For Thursday's games, the gates will open at 4 p.m. and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. The ninth grade team will play at 5:30 p.m. and the eighth grade at 7 p.m.

On Friday the gates will open at 5 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. varsity kickoff. Tickets for that game will be $10 for adults and $5 for students.

All proceeds go towards the DCHS and Pickens County football programs.