Wes McCard Sports Editor
September 22, 2013
After Coach James Dawkins was honored and the new football complex named after him, youngsters took to the field for the first time for some gridiron action. Three Thomaston-Upson teams suited up for action, but only one team ended up victorious.
The 7 & 8 year old players played in the first two games, with the 9 & 10 year old players playing in the third game. The Thomaston Vikings took on the Spalding Cowboys in the 10 a.m. game. Unfortunately for the hometown kids, they were defeated by a 25-0 score.
Camaron Cleveland scored the first points at Coach James Dawkins Field. Cleveland scored on a 56-yard TD run with 6:29 left in the first quarter. The Cowboys’ PAT kick was no good, and they led the Vikings by a 6-0 score. The Vikings offense led by quarterback Levi Watson and running back Keystone Smith had a little trouble getting the Vikings offense moving.
With 3:32 left in the first quarter, Cleveland and the Cowboys struck again. This time Cleveland scampered 59 yards for a TD run, but once again the PAT kick failed, and the Cowboys led by a 12-0 score. The two teams went back and forth over the next several minutes, but with 1:20 left in the first half Shadarius Berry added another six points for the Cowboys with a 5-yard TD run. The Cowboys’ kick failed and at the half, the ‘Boys were up on the Vikings by an 18-0 score.
Demonte Albert added another score for the Cowboys on a 15-yard TD run in the third quarter and then Albert found Cleveland for a an extra point pass, sealing the 25-0 victory over the Vikings.
In the second game of the day, the Thomaston-Upson Saints took on the Spalding Jaguars. On the opening kick off in the game Nehemiah Williams blazed down the field for a 54-yard kick off return for a touchdown. Craig Woods added the extra point with a two yard run, and the Jags led the Saints by an 7-0 score.
The Jags scored again just over two minutes later on a 45-yard TD run by Woods. The Jags’ extra point attempt failed and the Saints found themselves down by a 13-0 score. The Saints got their first and only points of the game with 2:57 left in the first quarter. Demarion World scored on a 32-yard TD run and Za’Terrious Colbert added the extra point with a two- yard run, cutting the Jags lead to 13-7.
Woods scored once more in the first quarter and the Jags added a touchdown in the second quarter and another in the third quarter, earning the 33-7 victory over the Saints.
In the finals game of the day, the Thomaston-Upson Seminoles took on the Spalding 49ers. The Seminoles pounded the ball on the ground on a long drive. Milique Smith scored the first points of the game from 1 yard out for the touchdown. Wesley Bentley scored the extra point with a two yard run, giving the Noles a 7-0 victory.
The Noles kept the 7-0 lead throughout the first half, but in the third quarter Jaleel Chambliss scored on a one yard TD run for the 49ers. The extra point was no good, and the Noles lead was cut to 7-6. Just two minutes later, Myles Head gave the Spalding 49ers their first lead of the game with a 5-yard TD run, but once again the extra point was failed, and the 49ers led the Seminoles by a 12-7 score.
Johnny Bentley IV scored the game winning touchdown with an 11-yard scamper with just 49 seconds to go in the game. Smith scored the winning points on a two-yard run, giving the Thomaston-Upson Seminoles the 15-12 victory.