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PREVIEW: Dawson County at Buford

Buford's Mikey Bart

Buford's Mikey Bart

Dawson County Tigers (7-AAA)

Coach: Jeff Lee

Record: 4-2, 2-1 region

Last week: Had a bye

Buford Wolves (7-AAA)

Coach: Jess Simpson

Record: 5-1, 3-0 region

Last week: Beat White County 49-14

Though Buford saw its three-game shutout streak end last Friday at White County, it mainained a perfect region record with a fourth consecutive lopsided victory. Dontravious Wilson (18 rushes, 210 yards, two touchdowns) had another big game for the Wolves.

“Offensively, we made some strides,” Buford head coach Jess Simpson said of last Friday. “We really executed and played well. The guys are starting to grasp the concepts and they’re starting to block better on the second level. And we’ve got a lot of backs who can make plays.”

One of the main stars vs. White was senior tight end/defensive end Mikey Bart. He had an 88 percent blocking grade with five knockdown blocks and two catches for 25 yards on offense, and also had five tackles, two for losses, and three quarterback pressures on defense.

“(Bart’s) the typical tight end-defensive end like we’ve had the past decade,” Simpson said. “He’s 6-foot-2 1/2, 250 pounds. He runs well. He can catch the ball. On defense, he’s a good pass rusher and runs to the ball well. He’s been our top production guy on defense the last few weeks.”

That Buford defense will face a Dawson offense that has produced 25 plays of 20 yards or longer in its last four games. Quarterback Tyler Dominy and wide receiver Bruce Clark, both 6-5, lead a veteran Tigers team.

Injuries continue to plague Buford. Cornerback/wide receiver Sean Reynolds hurt his knee last week and is the seventh Buford player to go down with a knee injury since August.

Last meeting: Buford won 37-14 in 2005

Directions to Buford High School: I-985 north to Ga. Highway 20 exit, turn left. Turn right on Buford Highway to Robert Bell Parkway and turn left.