by Mark Brock
M.L. King senior receiver Demarco Robinson set the Georgia state high school record for receiving yards this season, and he and teammate Jonquel Dawson, a junior quarterback, broke several DeKalb County single-season marks.
The pair’s season ended in M.L. King’s 48-47 loss to Colquitt County in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Robinson set the state record with 1,654 yards receiving in a season, breaking the previous record set by Da’Rick Rogers last season by 7 yards. Robinson’s total also is a county record, as is his 27 touchdowns this season. He broke the record of 1,326 yards set by Lakeside’s Dick Conn in 1968 and the touchdown mark of 15 set by Rodney Lane of Druid Hills in 1985.
Robinson completes his career as the second-leading receiver in DeKalb County Schools history with 2,088 yards, trailing only Lithonia’s Kelvin Kight who finished with 2,303 from 1997-99. Robinson averaged 22.5 yards per catch on 93 receptions in three years.
Dawson set the single-season passing yards mark (3,611) and single-season touchdowns passing mark (41) as he broke the single-game passing mark twice while on his way to the DeKalb Schools career passing mark (5,383 yards).
Dawson broke the record of 2,671 yards set in 1983 by Southwest DeKalb’s Eric Jones and the passing touchdowns record of 30 set by Mike Brinkley of Druid Hills in 1985. He came up short of Jones’ single season completions mark of 203 as he finished with 198 to move into second on the list.
His 3,611 passing yards with 41 touchdowns and just six interceptions this seasons moved him into first on the career passing list with 5,383 yards, including 54 touchdowns and 34 interceptions. He broke the 27-year old record of Peachtree’s Todd Rampley (1981-83) who threw for 4,614 yards. Dawson has one more year to add to his total.
After breaking the single-game passing record with 486 yards earlier this season against South Gwinnett, Dawson eclipsed his own record with 527 yards against Colquitt County in the Lions’ final game of the season.
Cedar Grove sophomore Jonathan McCrary continues his march up the charts as he became just the second DeKalb Schools quarterback to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season at 3,031 (170-266) which places him second behind Dawson on the single season yardage list. He is third in touchdown passes with 24 and third in single, season completions with 170 following Jones (203) and Dawson (198).
McCrary is just 557 yards from tying Tucker’s D.T. McDowell (2001-03) for 12th on the career passing list. His completion percentage of 63.9 (170-266) ranks him fifth in the single season rankings.
McCrary’s go-to target at Cedar Grove has been senior Vincent Dallas who has 43 receptions for 830 yards in nine games after missing three games due to an injury this season. The effort puts Dallas third on the career receiving list with 2,073 yards Kight (2,303) and Robinson (2,088). He can move into second during the Saints’ third round playoff game against Burke County on Friday.