M.L. King QB-WR tandem break county records with high-octane passing game

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

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22 comments Add your comment

pmuckle

November 18th, 2010
7:56 am

Congrats our MLK’s Duo Dawson and Robinson!!!! The records continues on tomorrw night!!! Let’s Go Lions!!!

SAINT FAN

November 18th, 2010
8:12 am

Congrats to MLK’S Duo the Saints wish you well, we will be pulling for you,we have a Duo in Johnathon Mccrary and V.Dallas GO SAINTS!

MLK Lions Football Fan

November 18th, 2010
8:21 am

Way to go Lions and Saints!!!

SAINT FAN

November 18th, 2010
9:02 am

That’s the way LIONS and SAINTS show the state Dekalb FOOTBALL IS THE BEST!!

SAINT FAN

November 18th, 2010
9:03 am

GO TUCKER, the SAINTS are with you!!!

K-From Da Wood

November 18th, 2010
9:47 am

That’s how its supposed to be.When MLK opened in 2001 my neighborhood was split between MLK and Cedar Grove, now its just MLK…but to see both schools that are about 5 miles apart, have record breaking talent and an excellent football product says a lot for the richness of talent in the area. Good Luck to both!

Sportsmommy74

November 18th, 2010
10:03 am

Way to go River Road. We have talent from the MLK end to the CGHS end. It goes to show you that we cultivate winners.Good luck MLK and good luck SAINTS….

Question?

November 18th, 2010
11:14 am

Where does MLK’s QB live? River Rd.? Avondale?

MR SAINT

November 18th, 2010
11:40 am

hello question, lets say Dekalb county, and lets go WIn!!

true blue

November 18th, 2010
11:45 am

QUESTION ? WHY,WHERE do you live.

MLK

November 18th, 2010
12:33 pm

QUESTION! YOUR SON WOULD NOT BE THE QB STILL!!

Sportsmommy74

November 18th, 2010
1:49 pm

@Question, he’s obviously in district and certified to play at MLK. That’s the problem, we’re always so quick to put the next man down. Let’s go Saints and Lions… Represent for South Dekalb County… Again Where my Saints At???? :)

Sportsmommy74

November 18th, 2010
1:51 pm

Saints if we can just keep our lovely sophomore qb protected and time to throw the deep ball, I think we can pull it off. They (Gainesville) better not forget we’ve got a squad…

qwenton

November 19th, 2010
8:06 am

if vincent dallas catch 5 or 6 passes for 115 and 2 td cedar grove on top

Wendy

November 19th, 2010
9:15 am

Coach Carson and Coach Evans your the best! Thanks for taking time with Jonquel! Jonquel and Marco you guys rock!!Keep up the good work and lets enjoy this ride to the Georgia Dome! Go Lions!

Wendy

November 19th, 2010
9:20 am

@ Question why would he attend MLK if he lived in Avondale??? If you want to know where he lives come and ask me his MOTHER!! Have a good day!!!!Jonquel, Marco, Blake and Alan lets go and show them what we are really working with

Question?

November 19th, 2010
10:53 am

I just find it funny the head coach changes jobs and the QB moves? I wonder if that Cedar Grove QB lives in his right district?

Sportsmommy74

November 19th, 2010
11:32 am

@Question… He’s where he’s supposed to be. Rest assured that all of our ducks are in a row…
Vincent is gonna get his TD’s tonight and we’re gonna shock Gainesville.

And question you must be a SWD supporter to throw so much salt in MLK and CGHS’s way… keep that junk on Kelly Chapel….

SPORTS #1

November 19th, 2010
11:47 am

About the CG and the MLK QB’s keep up the GREAT work, Question is what we call a TRUE TOM! and a SWD LOSER!!, People didn’t say where Quency Carter live,OH cross the street from Cedar Grove!!

Alexis

November 19th, 2010
7:18 pm

@question hahaha I find your question very funny and entertaining. You have your nose in the wrong person’s buisness. My dad who just so happens to be Coach Carson had an impact on those kids lives at Avondale, he did something for those kids that nobody had done in a long time, so I advise you to get off his case and get a life. Obviously there is nothing illegal going on, you think your somebody to have an opinion well let me tell you, you’re not. You think your the only person who had that same question, well let me tell you again your not. I think the county’s judgement itself matters more than yours and if they are no longer questioning nonsense then you should take your bitter attitude somewhere else and stop directing negativity towards something thats positive. And if you feel like I don’t know what I am talking about, trust me I KNOW EVERYTHING so I suggest you just end your hard feelings. Oh yea my question for you is if you are a SWD supporter why are you wasting so much energy by butting in MLK and CG business????

Question?

November 22nd, 2010
11:06 am

Guess none of that matters anymore since the Lions are chillin at home with SWD huh? It was a great ride while it lasted. Had the chance to see MLK last Friday against Colquitt and the week before against Harrison and I was very impressed with the way those kids understand the spread offense. Testament to the coaches and players for putting so much hard work into the season. Too bad that running back from Colquitt is a GROWN MAN just as much as the Robinson kid. Too bad MLK’s kicking game is nonexistant and thats why the “other” schools defeat Dekalb schools in the playoffs.

Wendy

November 22nd, 2010
12:34 pm

@ Question You are so worried about where the QB lives how about you come and pay my rent then you will know where the QB and I live. And besides I made the choice to follow Coach Carson. If Coach Carson moved to another state. I would be right behind him. No they did not win the game but QB of MLK showed his a@% off. Love you son!! You will always be a winner in my book!!!!!!!