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Football Player of the Week: Dawson County quarterback Coey Watson
Tigers' QB threw for 253 yards, five scores against Fannin County
Dawson County High junior quarterback Coey Watson drops back to throw a pass during a game this season. - photo by Amy French

A quick flick of the wrist from Dawson County High quarterback Coey Watson in the first quarter put it well on its way to a sizeable win against Fannin County on Friday in Blue Ridge. On the snap from the 10th-ranked Tigers’ 31, Watson spotted his slot receiver Austin Young around the 50, put a throw in his hands that didn’t cause him to break stride and watched as he pulled away for a 69-yard score.

“Coey put the ball where it needed to be all night,” said Dawson County coach Sid Maxwell.

The long scoring pass on Dawson County’s first drive of the game set the tone for a remarkable night for the Elite 11 quarterback. Watson completed 10-of-15 throws for 253 yards and five passing touchdowns — all in the first half — for the Tigers (5-1, 3-0 Region 7-AAA).

For his effort, Watson is The Times Football Player of the Week.

All night, Young was his top target, catching four of the touchdown throws from his junior quarterback.

Not only can Watson throw the long pass, but he also put a precise touch in traffic on the short ball. For the season, Watson is at 1,238 passing yards with 13 touchdown passes, while rushing for 483 yards and another 13 touchdowns.

Maxwell said one of the foundations of his offense is mapping out plays where his strong-armed signal caller is most likely to thrive.

“I’m very happy he’s on my team,” said Maxwell, who is preparing his team for a region matchup at East Hall on Friday.

With a perfect mark in region play, Dawson County has set itself up to play for the region championship against No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian (7-1, 4-0) on Nov. 4 in Dawsonville. However, Maxwell is not going to proclaim his team will automatically win the next two in region competition.

All Maxwell is thinking about this week is Friday’s trip to play the Vikings (2-5, 0-3) in Gainesville.

“All we’re looking at is the next game on the schedule,” said Maxwell.

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