Curtis Segars - 1950 Jefferson Dragons Super-star
The 1950 Jefferson Red Dragons leaped onto the Northeast Georgia football scene from seemingly out of nowhere. The Mudd Turtles won two games during the 1949 season over Southwest Dekalb 14 - 13 and a Stephens County team that did not win a game that year 27 - 7. Coach Frank Snyder resigned as the Jefferson all-sport coach to accept a similar position with Rabun County High school in Clayton, Georgia. Coach W. H. ( Red ) Yancey was named as the new Jefferson all-sports coach.
With virtually the entire team returning from the '49 squad, including star center Dickie Copas, a potential running back star in Curtis Segars and a super freshman, Donald Cole, Coach Yancey knew immediately he could very well put together a powerhouse offensive football team.
All the Dragon squad performed well during that 1950 season. Senior center Dickie Copas earned all-state honors, while Segars finished number two in the state in scoring and was the regions most valuable player.
The 1950 Dragons finished with a 9 - 1 - 1 record.
They scored 333 points while surrendering 126 points.
The record of all Dragon opponents was 44 - 61 - 5.
Segars had scored 185 points to finish second in the state behind Commerce running back Gene Baird. Baird had 188 points.
Segars high scoring games were:
Toccoa - 20 points
Rabun County - 29 Points
Royston - 35 points - Still a Jefferson one-game scoring record
Thompson - 24 points
Tucker - 25 points
Segars had averaged 217 yards per game rushing and pass receiving.
He had rushed for 1,881 yards on 198 carries. This was 9.50 yards per carry. He had 23 rushing touchdowns, a 92 yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 68 yard punt return for a touchdown.
He scored 28 touchdowns and 15 extra points, He kicked 5 of these extra points late in the season.
He had 21 pass receptions for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns.
PERSONAL NOTE . . . Curtis Segars was the brother-in-law of Jefferson merchant Tabo Tolbert and the uncle of former Jefferson star athlete Fred Tolbert. He served as the coach and athletic director at Gainesville High School for over 20 years.
Visit the 1951 Jefferson Senior Class at Segars senior class of 1951.
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COACH RED YANCEY AND CURTIS SEGARS IN 1950.
Segars would average 9.5 yards per carry during the 1950 season for the Dragons.
Segars accepted a football grant-in-aid from Georgia Tech after the 1950 season.
The very familiar running form of the great Dragon running back from the 1950 undefeated regular season Jefferson Dragons. ( 9 - 0 - 1 )
The Dragons fell to Greensboro in the region championship game on a cold, cold night in Commerce, Georgia - 20 - 13. Curtis Segars had a 92-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Segars was injured ( badly sprained ankle ) late in the third quarter and did not play in the last quarter of the game.
Curtis segars was selected as the state of Georgia back of the week by the Atlanta Touchdown Club during the 1950 season. This was one of the highest honors a Georgia high school football player could experience at the time.
Here's a good photo. It's the 1996 Mud Turtle Reunion - The First Jefferson High School Football team (1947) held a 50 year reunion in 1996. Pictured above are (kneeling) Lloyd Craven, CURTIS SEGARS. Front Row L-R; James Faulkner, C.L. Potts, Bobby Loggins, Roy Smith, Joe Glosson, Raymond Adams, L.G. Jackson. Back Row L-R; Wylie McEver, Harry Bryan, Tom Meade, BILLY SAILORS, Carrol Dadisman, James Medlin, Claudius Thurmond and Junior Lloyd.
Coach Red Yancey once told Morris Bryan that after the second practice with the Dragon football team, he knew that Curtis Segars would be his featured running back and that he would be highly successful during the season. Yancey went on to explain that Segars did everything in an exceptional manner whether it be catching the football, running with the football, throwing the football or playing defense. He wondered why this young man had been at end the previous season and at tackle the two years previous too that. Was Segars the best back that ever wore the red and blue for Jefferson? While it is hard to compare era's, it is not hard to compare physical attributes and attitudes. The Jefferson back was over 6 feet tall, weighed 165 pounds, ( tall and heavy at the time for a high school halfback ) and had exceptional speed and cutting ability. Only Don Cole, the Jefferson track sprinter could out run him during the end of practice wind sprints. Yancey always said that Segars was the most coachable player he ever had on one of his teams. He went on to say, "Segars probably needed less coaching than any player I have ever coached. He easily had the most positive attitude of anyone I ever coached. He was a natural runner with unbelievable instincts and uncanny ability to cut back against the grain and find the best opening to get into the open field. It was an honor for me to be his coach."
With Don Cole, Billy Ricks, Gary Duke and Jeff Davis carrying the football for the Dragons over the next 10 years, the answer to the question of was he the best will likely never be answered. One thing is for sure, Curtis Segars numbers stack up with anyone in the history of Jefferson football and many still remain as official records well into 2015.