EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE
Dawson Christian Academy Eagles
DAWSONVILLE , GA
9 OFFENSE, 9 DEFENSE
KEY PLAYERS: Matthew Chism (Sr., WR); Luke
Chism (So., WR); Ahmad Kamara (So., RB); Cason
Setzekorn (Sr., OL); Noah Burruss (Sr., TE); Logan Hinton
(So., DB); Vusa Moyo (Sr., WR); Myles Lewis (Jr., DB);
Trip Porter (So., OL); Christian Summers (So., LB)
2 LukeChism So.
5 Ahmad Kamara So.
7 MatthewChism Sr.
11 Ben Sexton Sr.
17 Logan Hinton So.
21 Myles Lewis Jr.
22 Eli Burruss Fr.
23 Vusa Moyo Sr.
42 Christian Summers So.
43 Logan Summers Fr.
50 Trip Porter So.
57 Christian Garcia Fr.
80 Case Setzekorn Sr.
88 Noah Burruss Sr.
SEP. 16: VS. OPEN
AUG. 12: AT MONSIGNOR DONOVAN
AUG. 19: AT GEORGIA FORCE
AUG. 26: VS. CREEKSIDE
SEP. 2: VS. KINGS ACADEMY
SEP. 9: VS. SKIPSTONE
SEP. 23: AT FULLINGTON ACAD.
SEP. 30: VS. LANIER CHRISTIAN ACAD.
OCT. 14: VS. HORIZONS CHRIST. ACAD.
OCT. 21: AT COVENANT ACADEMY
OCT. 28: VS. JOHNSON FERRY
In most cases, a season in which a team wins three games wouldn’t usually be seen as a major step forward.
Dawson Christian may very well be
an exception to that.
The Eagles are going into just
their second year of varsity competition with nine starters returning
on both sides of the ball following
a year in which they took on the
intensity and rigor of high school
football head-on in the GICAA.
In short, 2015 amounted to on
the job training for Dawson Christian Academy’s roster as seven
freshmen started. Of the Eagles 15
players, 13 of them played in seven
out of 11 games.
“We were really young last year.
This year, we really think we have
the ability to play against the teams
in our league,” Dawson Christian
head coach Marcus Stowers said.
“ We feel a lot like one of those college teams that won three games
but could have easily been seven or
eight but then you go into the next
year when you win seven or eight
and you are ready for it.”
So if there is a silver lining from
the Eagles being thrust into the
fire, it’s that pretty much the entire
roster has varsity experience,
something that many programs
around the state cannot claim. It’s
a set up partially put in place by
the road map of Dawson Christian
competing on the junior varsity
level before last year’s foray into
“How many freshmen and sopho-
mores realistically get a chance to
start in high school football? We’ve
got a ton of experience and have
seniors that have played for two
years and played before that in a
different league,” Stowers said.
“Everybody that will be starting will
have a lot of football experience.”
But time passing alone isn’t the
only reason for the Eagles being
optimistic about the approaching
season. Another year of experience
means that Dawson Christian is
bigger, faster and stronger than
the year before. Eagles players
are taking advantage of going to
summer camps, and they’ll have
more teammates than last year as
the roster is expected to grow from
the roughly 15 players of which the
coaching staff had to work with a
“They’ll be more prepared and
then we have a bunch of players
who have gained 20-30 pounds,”
Stowers said. “That and bringing
back experience, that helps.”
Count sophomore running back
Ahmad Kamara as one of the ones
looking to benefit from being a year
more experienced. A year ago, he
was a 165-pounder at the age of
14. He is now a year older and 25
pounds heavier, making it easier
for him to wear down opposing
defenses. He rushed for 1,301
yards and 13 touchdowns last year
and is looking to go beyond that
Kamara isn’t the only offensive
skill player looking to follow up a
big 2015. Senior receiver Vusa
Moyo led the team in all-purpose,
return and receiving yards - hauling
in 897 yards for 13 touchdowns to
be exact. Opposing defenses will
have a harder time locking down
on him as Senior Matthew Chism’s
move from quarterback to receiver
should help free him up in addition
to senior Noah Burress being
utilized at tight end.
The Eagles will put the onus on
senior Cason Setzekorn and Tripp
Porter to establish a physical
presence up front. Setzekorn, who
stands six-foot-six and weighs 255
pounds and lines up on defense
at defensive tackle, is the son of
former Clemson tight end Ken
The Eagles will also look to get
better from an infusion of talent
and returning depth with Ben
Sexton, Myles Lewis, brothers
Christian and Logan Summers, and
returning starters Logan Hinton and
Luke Chism. The latter of whom will
take over the quarterback position
from his brother, Matt Chism. And
Logan Hinton led all players with 8
interceptions as a freshman.
For the Eagles, the hope is to go
beyond a playoff berth and take
a step forward and move toward
eventually injecting themselves into
the same conversation as the likes
of GICAA heavyweights Fullington
Academy and Covenant Academy.
“We expect to be very, very competitive,” Stowers said. “Last year
was a big step for them. When your
starting middle linebacker is 135
pounds, you’re just undersized.
Now, those same guys are 20-30
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