Martin Luther King Jr.’s Jonquel Dawson grabbed hold of the DeKalb County career passing mark with his 298 yard performance against Harrison in the first round of the Class AAAAA football state playoffs on Friday night at Hallford Stadium.
He hit on 17-25 passes with one touchdown as he sailed past Avondale’s Charles Dudish and Peachtree’s Todd Rampley to a career 4,856 passing yards to break the 27-year old record of 4,614 yards held by Rampley (1981-83).
Dawson, a junior, has hit on 302 of 599 pass attempts in 32 games with 48 touchdowns and 34 interceptions and 50.4 completion percentage since 2008.
He turned his touchdown to interception ratio around with 35 touchdowns this season against only six interceptions after entering the season with just 13 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.
His assault on the DeKalb County records this season includes a record 3,084 passing yards on 171 completions in 276 attempts. The 171 completions are second all-time in DeKalb County just 32 behind Southwest DeKalb’s Eric Jones’ 203 (1983). Dawson broke Jones’ yardage mark of 2,671 (1983) in a season ending win over Stephenson.
The 35 touchdown passes put Dawson atop the season touchdown passing list having broken Mike Brinkley’s (Druid Hills) record of 30 set in 1985. His 62.0 passing percentage (172-276) is just out of the top eight all-time.
Senior Lion receiver Demarco Robinson has teamed up with Dawson this season on his way to the single season receiving yardage and touchdowns records.
Robinson’s seven receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown performance against Harrison on Friday pushed him to the top of the single season receiving mark with 1,408 yards. It broke the record of 1,326 held since 1968 by Dick Conn of Lakeside.
His touchdown added to his single season touchdown receiving record with
22 on the season, seven ahead of the old mark of 15 held by Rodney Lane of Druid Hills since 1985. His 63 receptions this season moved him into third all-time on the list behind Steve Davenport’s 79 in 1984 and 74 in 1983.
Two Cedar Grove athletes are making their way up the charts this season as well in the form of sophomore quarterback Johnathan McCrary and senior wide receiver Vincent Dallas.
McCrary threw for 262 yards in a 30-24 victory over Cartersville in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs to take over second on the single season passing yardage list with 2,866 yards, 218 yards behind Dawson. He is also third on the season touchdown passing list with 24 on the season as he trails just Dawson and Brinkley.
The sophomore is 522 yards from making the career passing list in just his first season as a starter. He has 158 completions to move into fourth on the single season completion list and his current 64.2 completion percentage (158 of 246) puts him at fifth in the single season standings.
Senior receiver Vincent Dallas missed the first three games of the season, but McCrary found him quickly on his return and Dallas responded with 38 receptions of 779 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
Dallas caught six passes for 107 yards and one touchdown in the Saints first round win over Cartersville at Panthersville last Friday night. It pushed his career yardage mark to 2,022 to surpass former Cedar Grove teammate Josh Jarboe (2,005 yards) and move into third on the career receiving yardage list.
All four players get the opportunity to add to their record breaking performances this Friday night in the second round of the state playoffs.
Martin Luther King Jr. (8-3) hosts Colquitt County (6-5) at Hallford Stadium while Cedar Grove (7-4) goes on the road to take on 10-1 Gainesville. Both games are set for 7:30 p.m. starts.
- Courtesy of DeKalb County SID Mark Brock