South principal Dawson enjoys a haircut

November 05, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — Dr. Timothy Dawson, principal at South Hagerstown High School, had an impromptu visit with the clippers on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after the South football team accepted the Mayors Trophy, Dawson received a quick haircut as part of a bet for the Rebels defeating North Hagerstown, which it did handily, 40-7.

Dawson has become a fixture at all South sporting events, including football, where he’s been on the sideline right in the middle of the action.

Once a high school basketball star at Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Dawson has brought enthusiasm with him to his new position, which he began three months ago.

“As an athlete, I guess I’ve still got some of the tape on me from the locker room and you just can’t get rid of it,” said Dawson. “I’m just trying to bring an academic and athletic swagger to the school.

“We want our kids to give 100 percent on the field and in the classroom,” said Dawson.

Saturday clashes?

Saturday’s game was the first afternoon affair since 1982, when South defeated North, 15-6.

With a large crowd in attendance at North under sunny skies, Dawson was asked if he would push for a Saturday afternoon game as host next year.

“Whatever is best for the community,” he said. “The most appropriate decision will be made.”

Seniors finally win

With the Rebels finally snapping an eight-game losing streak against North, it meant the monkey was off the backs of the South seniors.

Quarterback Brandon Hess, who picked up 80 yards rushing and threw for 163 yards, was so focused on the game that a horrible punt late in the game left no question how he felt.

After a 13-yard effort, Hess looked to the sideline and was visibly upset with himself.

Then Hess saw head coach Toby Peer look out and offer encouraging words.

“This last game has the greatest feeling ever,” said Hess. “We had great drive and heart in us. We took this game as our playoff game and to play the hardest ever.”

Hess credited his offensive line for the Rebels’ effort that netted 317 rushing yards.

“I’m gonna have to take them to dinner,” said Hess. “They were like hogs today.”

Senior defensive tackle Jordan Bucher was prevelant in the Rebels’ defensive thrust that kept North’s Phillip Butler at bay.

“We worked hard on the line shutting down the run, closing down the gaps,” said Bucher. “This is the best feeling. As a senior, we wanted to make a statement and get the trophy finally back to South.”

Future senior leader

Sophomore Isiaha Smith wanted to have a hand in helping the South seniors win.

With touchdown runs of 81, 28 and 57 yards and 224 yards rushing on 14 carries, he did more than his fair share in assisting.

“I was just looking to see the vertical gaps and keep running straight,” said Smith. “It’s an accomplishment and the win feels great. This was our playoff game.

“As a sophomore I just wanted to help the seniors win, I just want to help the juniors win next year and then I want to win as a senior.”

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