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Tigers tune passing game
Team participates in two leagues
Passing Camp pic 3
Quarterback Chase Gilreath takes a snap from center John Knudson as head coach Jeff Lee looks on. The Tigers took part in passing league games against Habersham Central, Union County and Rabun County last week. - photo by Amanda Daly

The Tigers continued to improve their aerial attack this past week. Dawson County High School head coach Jeff Lee’s Tigers participated in two passing leagues, one at Habersham Central last Tuesday and the other at Pickens County on Thursday.


“We look so much better,” Lee said. “Chase (Gilreath) is reading the defenses and hitting the right receivers. His release and throwing is coming along really good. Every game he throws in he looks better each time,” he added.


Gilreath is taking all the snaps because of an injury to Ethan Brown. Brown broke a finger during a passing camp at Jacksonville State a couple of weeks ago. He should be back within the next two weeks to continue the fight for the starting quarterback spot.


“I hate it for Ethan. Both young men are competitors and really work hard. They learn quickly and both will do exactly what you ask. Hopefully we can get Ethan back soon,” Lee said about his two quarterbacks.


Another pleasant development for the team is the wide receiver corp. The talented group has caught just about anything thrown out them. Cody Tobias, TJ Byrd, Grant Brown, Matt Christopher, Nick Tobias, Eian Perry, Evan Weatherford and Kelsey Boyle have all been productive for the Tigers.


“We have so many people to throw to,” Lee said. “Defenses just can’t try to shut one person down. They have to be honest, because we have so many guys that can catch the ball.”


At Habersham Central the team was ultra successful playing teams like Habersham Central, Rabun County and Union County.


The Tigers defeated Rabun and Union twice during games in Mt. Airy.


Lee’s troops barely lost to state playoff contender Habersham Central.


“I hope this is an indication about how we are going to play in our region. Both Union and Rabun are in Region 8-AA and we did really well against them. We would have beat Habersham if not for a blown coverage in our secondary. Our kids look so much better than they did the first day at Jacksonville State,” Lee said about his team’s effort.


In Jasper the team faced Pickens and Sonoraville and came out with similar results, winning both games.


“Like I’ve said before, we just continue to get better and better,” Lee said.


The team will continue to prepare for the upcoming season as the the team will travel to West Georgia to take part in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp hosted in Carrollton through today.


“This camp allows us to come together as a team,” Lee commented. “Not only do we get better at football, but we also learn to come together as one unit. We learn things that we can share with each other throughout the football season,” he added.

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