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.