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East Seniors shutout West 13-0 in defensive battle
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East Senior All-Star Eric Cloyd of Lakeside hauls in a pass for a 65-yard scoring play to lead the East to a 13-0 win at Hallford Stadium. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Series even at 2-2

The fourth annual DeKalb County Coaches Senior All-Star football game turned out to be the lowest scoring game in the series as the East Senior All-Stars shutout the West 13-0 to even the series at 2-2.

The two teams showed their defensive strengths throughout the game including a scoreless first quarter as a nice crowd settled in against the cool weather at James R. Hallford Stadium on Saturday.

The East scored the only points it would need as the Lakeside duo of quarterback Don Cox and wide receiver Eric Cloyd hooked up on a 65-yard pass play in the second quarter to take a 7-0 into the half.

The West defense played tough in the third period to keep the East out of the end zone following a pair of turnovers deep in their own territory.

The first East threat in the third quarter was stuffed on third and long as Stephenson defensive back Jared Boyd knocked away a pass intended for Cloyd in the corner of the end zone to force a field goal by St. Pius’ Blair Stuart. Stuart answered the call by connected on a 43-yard field goal to push the lead to 10-0.

The West defense was called on again following a fumble inside their own 20 and answered by forced a 30-yard field goal by Stuart to keep the West in the game at 13-0 with over a quarter to play in the game.

The East defense was tested a pair of times in the fourth quarter, but the West offense could not manage to break through needing a pair of scores.
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West All-Star Micah Collins of Stone Mountain gets around the corner on a 23-yard run. (Photo by Mark Brock)
Tucker falls to Starr’s Mill 20-19 in state semifinals
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Tucker's Rondell Simmons (with ball) evades one of two tacklers on the way to a 31-yard touchdown that gave the Tigers a 19-14 lead in the fourth quarter of their 20-19 Class AAAA semifinal loss. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Starr’s Mill quarterback Adam Holley found receiver Alex Riddle in the corner of the end zone with 1:43 to play to rally the No. 6 ranked Patriots to a 20-19 victory over the No. 4 ranked Tucker Tigers at Hallford Stadium on Friday.

Rondell Simons had given the Tigers a 19-14 lead on a 31-yard touchdown run that included breaking a pair of tackles before racing the final 20 yards into the end zone for the score with 11:14 to play in the game.

The Tigers stopped the Patriots to force and punt and got the ball back on their own 16 with 6:27 to play and began a nine-play drive into Starr’s Mill territory while running off 4:15 of the clock in what looked like the game-clinching drive.

But a fumble on the ninth play was recovered by the Patriots at their own 49 to breathe life into their game-winning hopes. Three plays later Holley found Riddle in the corner for the game winning score. A try for two-points was no good and the Tigers had the opportunity to still pull out the game with 1:43 to play.

After a quick 10-yard run by Bashr Coles the Tigers were at their own 26 with 1:06 to play, but a pair of penalties forced them into a fourth and 22 and a last ditch pass fell incomplete with 36 seconds to play allowing the Patriots to run out the clock for the win.

Tucker finishes the season at 13-1 overall and as the Region 6-AAAA champions.
Dawson, Robinson take home records as season ends
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Martin Luther King's senior receiver Demarco Robinson (21) sets state record in single season receiving yardage with 1,654 yards in 2010. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Cedar Grove's McCrary, Dallas making marks

Junior quarterback Jonquel Dawson and senior wide receiver Demarco Robinson set four DeKalb Schools single season marks during the 2010 high school football season while sprinkling their names into several other categories.

The pair’s season ended in Martin Luther King Jr.’s thrilling 48-47 loss to Colquitt County in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.

Dawson set the single season passing yards mark (3,611) and single season touchdowns passing mark (41) as he broke the single game passing mark twice while on his way to the DeKalb Schools career passing mark (5,383 yards).

Dawson broke the single season passing yards mark of 2,671 set in 1983 by Southwest DeKalb’s Eric Jones and passing touchdowns record of 30 set by Mike Brinkley of Druid Hills in 1985. He came up short of Jones’ single season completions mark of 203 as he finished with 198 to move into second on the list.

His 3,611 passing yards (198-319) with 41 touchdowns and just six interceptions moved him into first on the career passing list with 5,383 yards (392-642), including 54 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. He broke the 27-year old record of Peachtree’s Todd Rampley (1981-83) who threw for 4,614 yards. Dawson has one more year to add to his total.

Dawson also broke Akil Dan-Fadio’s 2008 single game passing mark of 422 yards with 486 yards (19-34) passing against South Gwinnett and eclipsed his own mark with his 527 yards (27-43) against Colquitt County in the Lions’ final game of the season.

Robinson completes his career as the second leading receiver in DeKalb Schools’ history with 2,088 yards trailing only Lithonia’s Kelvin Kight who finished with 2,303 in 1997-99. Robinson averaged 22.5 yards per catch on 93 receptions in three years.

Along the way this season he set the Georgia state single season receiving yardage mark of 1,654 (also the DeKalb Schools record) and the DeKalb Schools touchdown receptions record with 27. Robinson broke the record of 1,326 yards set by Lakeside’s Dick Conn back in 1968 and the touchdown mark of 15 set by Rodney Lane of Druid Hills in 1985. Robinson’s 10 receptions against Colquitt County moved him into third on the single season receptions mark behind Steve Davenport’s 79 (1984) and 74 (1983).

Cedar Grove sophomore Johnathan McCrary continues his march up the charts as he became just the second DeKalb Schools quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season at 3,031 (170-266) which places him second behind Dawson on the single season yardage list. He is third in touchdowns passing with 24 and third in single season completions with 170 following Jones (203) and Dawson (198).

McCrary is just 557 yards from tying Tucker’s D.T. McDowell (2001-03) for 12th on the career passing list. His completion percentage of 63.9 (170-266) ranks him fifth in the single season rankings.

McCrary’s go-to target at Cedar Grove has been senior Vincent Dallas who has 43 receptions for 830 yards in just 9 games after missing three games due to an injury this season. The effort puts Dallas at third on the career receiving list with 2,073 behind Kight (2,303) and Robinson (2,088). He can move into second during the Saints’ third round playoff game against Burke County on Friday.

History of Dekalb County Football
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The 2008 Tucker Tigers won the Class AAAA state title with a dominating 15-3 win over rival Marist at the Georgia Dome. (Photo by Mark Brock)

Photo Tribute to Tucker's 2008 State Championship

DeKalb County Schools is renown in the state of Georgia for its football accomplishments. The school system boasts 11 state titles and repeatedly puts out state title contenders and Top 10 ranked football programs from year to year.

Seventeen of the current 19 DeKalb County High Schools have been to the state playoffs at least once. M.L. King Jr., the newest school in the county, made it’s first appearance in the state playoffs in 2003 after winning the Region 5-AAAA title.
  • Avondale (1958, ’63, ’76) and Lakeside (1970, ’72, ’91) have both won three state championships to combine for six of the 10 claimed by DeKalb County Schools.

  • Southwest DeKalb follows right behind with two state titles (1972, ’95). The 1995 title is the last won by a DeKalb County school.

  • Dunwoody (1993), Redan (1979) and Tucker (2008) bring the total to 11 with one state title apiece.

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