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By Robert Naddrarobert@dekalbchamp.com
y the middle of the third quar-ter, Martin Luther King Jr.quarterback
had been tackled in the end zone for asafety and had thrown three intercep-tions.Only eight of his 21 pass at-tempts had been caught by M.L. Kingreceivers and his team trailed rivalStephenson 43-26. Still, Dawson wassteadfast.The quarterback’s convictionwas validated when teammate
returned a kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown with 16 seconds to playin the game. The score completed animprobable comeback by the Lions,who won 50-49 on Nov. 4 in a gamethat decided first place in Region2-AAAAA. More than 15,000 fans packed Hallford Stadium.Dawson, who threw six touch-down passes on the night, threwthree in a 10-minute span as M.L.King rallied for a 44-43 lead with3:32 to play. Stephenson respond-ed with a 75-yard drive, capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by
, to take a 49-44 leadwith 28 seconds left.In addition to the kickoff return,Tibbs caught four touchdown passes.Dawson finished with 305 yards on15 of 30 passing. He amassed 246yards passing in the second half.“On offense, we never consider ourselves down,” Dawson said. “Wekept our heads high because we knowwe can score at any time. The [inter-ceptions] were discouraging, but I’mthe quarterback so I have to keep myhead high.”Stephenson, however, was just asdifficult to stop on offense. Quarter- back
took advantageof blown coverages by the Lions tocomplete 7 of 9 passes for a career-high 204 yards and three touchdowns,including two to
.The Jaguars’ dominating runninggame also proved hard to stop mostof the night. Davis, a Florida com-mit, rushed for 209 yards and twotouchdowns while the Jaguars totalednearly 300 yards on the ground. Col-vin added a rushing touchdown.“We just didn’t give up tonight,”Lions’ coach
said.“The kids just kept fighting. We knewthe offense had something else left.
M.L. King heads into playoffs after emotional win
M.L. King's Cornell Boyd (19), left, and Blake Tibbs (8), right, both caught touchdown passes from quarterback Jonquel Dawson, center. Tibbs scored the winning touch-down on an 82-yard kickoff return in the nal seconds. Photos by Travis Hudgons
From staff reports
DeKalb County voters passed a school tax thatcould generate $645 million for the school systems of DeKalb County, Decatur and Atlanta on Nov. 8. Also passing in many cities was the right for stores to sellalcohol on Sunday.In addition, voters in Avondale Estates andLithonia selected mayors. There will be runoffs for mayor in both Doraville and Dunwoody. The vote willnot be made official until later in the week.The one percent SPLOST sales tax, which kicks inon July 1, 2012, passed with approximately 62 percentvoting yes.“We’re excited about the vote. This is a goodday for the county. We knew we had taken steps toimprove transparency and the huge margin is a testi-monial to that. When you look at the accountabilitywith new auditors, new legal procedures and a newoversight committee in place, those are the things thatmade the difference,” DeKalb School Board Chairman
said of the results.In Avondale Estates, voters re-elected incumbentMayor
who was running againstmayor pro tempore
. Rieker received51 percent of the vote to Milliron’s 48 percent.In Lithonia, where four candidates wererunning for mayor, former councilmember
is the new mayor defeat-ing incumbent mayor
. Jackson received 45 percentwhile Anderson received 25 percent of the votes. City councilwoman
and former councilmember
received 13 percent and 16 percent, respectively.Jackson said she is “very excited aboutthe opportunity as well as the challenge.”Her past experience as a consultant,city attorney, councilmember and resident of Lithonia will help her “bring some stability to thecity,” Jackson said.
School tax passes, two cities elect mayors