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REVIEWING THE 2012 STATE CHAMPION JEFFERSON DRAGONS

The Jefferson ( Georgia ) Dragons capped a 14-game winning streak on December 15, 2012 at the Georgia Dome with a 31-14 victory over Calhoun, which finished ranked No. 2 with a 14-1 record. It was the first State championship in football for the traditional Northeast Georgia grid-iron power.

Final State Class AA rankings in 2012

1. Jefferson  14-1
2. Calhoun 14-1
3. Lamar County 12-1-1
4. Fitzgerald 10-3 
5. Greater Atlanta Christian 10-4
6. Brooks County 12-1
7. Lovett 8-5
8. Early County 9-4
9. Vidalia 11-1
10. Heard County 11-1

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Cecil Buffington Top Ten Jefferson High school Athletes of the 1950s

1. Jeff Davis ~ 1957 -  1960  All-State HB - 1959-60

2. Billy Ricks ~ 1956

3. Curtis Segars ~ 1950

4. Gary Duke - 1958

5. Don Cole ~ 1952

6. Billy Sailors ~ 1952

7. Woodrow Stewart ~ 1955

8. Wayne Wages - 1955

9. Benny Tompkins ~ 1956

10 . Webster Samples ~ 1952 - 54 - All-State T - 1953-54 

    

THE TOP 125 JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME BY CECIL BUFFINGTON THROUGH THE 2015 SEASON.

 

1.

Colby Wood

HB

2017

2.

Bryant Shirreffs

QB

2012

3.

Jeff Davis      click on name for info

HB

1960

4.

Evan Shirreffs

QB

2014

5.

Dalton Hill

WR

2014

6.

Zach Boobas

DB

2016

7.

T. J . Skelton

WR

2014

8.

Dontae Wilson

DL

2016

9.

Caleb Chandler

OL

2016

10.

Billy Ricks   Click on Name for info

HB

1956

11.

Curtis Segars     Click on name for Info

HB

1950

12.

Webster Samples

T

1954

13.

Gary Duke

HB

1958

14.

Don Cole

HB

1952

15.

Tradd Porter

CB

2014

16.

Alex Bryan

T

1971

17.

Bobby Gooch

HB

1971

18.

Chris Davis

E

2009

19.

Bennie Tompkins

FB

1956

20.

Michael Shields

G

1975

21.

Todd Berry

HB

1978

22.

Wesley Simonton

LB

2012

23.

Ronald Watson

HB

1979

24.

Bob Hix

T

1977

25.

Brandon Mosley

E

2006

26.

Jack Kesler

HB

1969

27.

Kody McDonald

LB

2012

28.

Dennis Law

E

1973

29.

Darius Minor

QB

2010

30.

Lucas Redd

HB

2009

31.

Jonathon Paolozzi

LB

2016

32.

Locke Potts

E

1954

33.

Johnny Spence

HB

1970

34.

Matt Childress

HB

1995

35.

Tristen Jackson

FB

2013

36.

Logan Garner

T

2017

37.

Herbert Wilson

C

1959

38.

Will Kellum

DL

2016

39.

Trent Sorrells

LB

2014

40.

Stephen Bryan

E

1974

41.

Rodney Wages

T

1971

42.

Sammie Williams

HB

2014

43.

Bryce Moore

QB

2017

44.

Don Tompkins

FB

1961

45.

Jordan Tyler

C

2014

46.

Rufus Simms

HB

1975

47.

Carson Newman

LB

2011

48.

Patrick Allen

LB

2007

49.

Josh Bohanan

QB

2006

50.

James Hardeman

T

1982

51.

Dickie Copas

C

1950

52.

Y. D. Maddox

HB

1955

53.

Charles Hooper

T

1965

54.

Jimmy Lofton

QB

1973

55.

Kevin Crosby

HB

1989

56.

Bobby Potter

QB

1958

57.

Burton Riddle

E

1960

58.

John Kesler

E

1959

59.

Zack Crosby

T

2009

60.

Dennis Marlow

FB

1978

61.

Eddie Watson

HB

1965

62.

Justin Cole

FB

2017

63. 

Norman Botelho

C

1957

64.

Todd Samples

T

1995

65.

Marvin Hall

QB

1953

66.

Cole Stanfill

E

2014

67.

Mark Mason

HB

1976

68.

Damon Gause

G

1960

69.

Charles Anglin

FB

1968

70.

Kory Potts

LB

2004

71.

Eddie Brookshire

QB

1975

72.

Zack Daniels

FB

1981

73.

Tyler Hill

HB

2006

74.

Isiah Blake

HB

2013

75.

Damon West

FB

1963

76.

McKay Dickens

WR

2011

77. 

Daniel Gasaway

HB

1957

78.

Doug Duke  Click on Name for Stats

HB

1982

79.

Gus Johnson

E

1954

80.

Virgil Appleby

HB

2008

81.

Earle Tompkins

C

1963

82.

Robert Bailey

FB

1980

83.

Frankie Bray

G

1971

84.

Stephen Sims

HB

1999

85.

Will Puckett

WR

2010

86.

Tab Martin

HB

2004

87.

Jody Pollock

QB

1995

88.

Dennis Beatty

HB

1969

89.

Hunter Griffith

T

2017

90.

Earl Carithers

FB

1952

91.

Melvin Tolbert

HB

1958

92.

James Pinion

E

1968

93.

Donnie Hatfield

E

2013

94.

Wayne Wages

QB

1954

95.

Tyler Porter

WR

2009

96.

Billy Sailors

QB

1953

97.

Howard Sauls

G

1965

98.

Andy Wilkes

E

1974

99.

Chris Keen

WR

1987

100.

Kyle Potts

QB

2001

101.

Zach Allen

LB

2010

102.

Kevin Love

FB

1983

103.

Alex Corbett

C

2014

104.

Morris Bryan III

E

1972

105.

Charles Anglin

G

1957

106.

Brandon Vinson

LB

2003

107.

Phillip Thompson

QB

1981

108.

Donald Marlowe

HB

1954

109.

Tim Corbett

QB

1985

110.

Frank Nichols

C

1959

111.

Mack Rakestraw

LB

2007

112.

Mike Beatty

LB

1968

113.

Gary Porter

QB

1980

114.

Collin Anthony

OL

2012

115.

Chad Sims

QB

1999

116.

Danny Hammonds

QB

1983

117.

Corey Hill

P

2001

118.

Pat Williamson

HB

1968

119.

Noah Mulvey

LB

2017

120.

Paul Ferguson

FB

1948

121.

Freddie Tolbert

QB

1974

122.

Chandler Schlutow

K

2012

123.

Hal Potts

E

1971

124.

Blake Wright

LB

2016

125.

John Davis, Jr.

G

1963

126.

John Beatty

G

1972

127.

Hoke Elrod

E

1953

128.

Chaz Evans

WR

2016

129.

Nick Holman

OL

2016

130.

Cole Givens

WR

2011

131.

Blake Ehl

CB

2017

132.

Roger Jackson

G

1962

133.

Hoytes Damons

T

2010

134.

Dewey Johnson

E

1971

135.

Tyler Truelove

FB

1995

136.

Tommy Healan

C

1984

137.

Joey Wright

FB

1981

138.

Andrew Benson

G

1997

139.

Shanga Moon

HB

1997

140.

James Shields

E

1977

141.

Eric Wilborn

HB

1999

142.

Jason Hensley

E

1994

143.

Scott Jackson

E

1992

144.

Gary Brooks

E

1963

145.  Larry Benton  HB 1961 
146.  Jeremy Smith  FB  2002 
147.  Alex Mason  DB  2016 
148.  Marty Standridge  LB  1988 
149. Charles Gilbert  E 1957
150.  Woodrow Stewart QB  1955
151.  Raynard Borders HB  1980 
152. Dre'gun Sewell DB 2011
153. Thomas Williamson T 1952
154. Dwayne Moon QB 1977
155. Earl Carithers FB 1952
156. Billy Lofton G 1974
157 Rick Tatum T 1973
158. Rick Conner FB 1972
159. Brantley Gilbert QB 2005
160. John Crenshaw G 1953

 

  

 Jefferson Dragon Jersey's That Are Retired

Number 31

Ronald Watson

Number 42

Rufus Sims

Number 44

Todd Berry

Number 61

Michael Shields

Number 72

Bob Hix

Number 91

Brandon Mosley

Jerseys that should be retired:

Number 6

Colby Wood

Number 27

Jeff Davis

Number 31

Curtis Segars

Number 44

Todd Berry

Number 15  Bryant Shirreffs 
Number 91  Brandon Mosley

Note:  All current jersey's were retired under Coach Stoudenmire except Brandon Mosley.  His jersey was retired in 2017 with Gene Cathcart as the Dragon head coach.   In 1950 Coach Red Yancey retired the jersey of Curtis segars ( # 31 ) , but Coach John Davis un-retired it the following season.  Retiring jersey's is something that should be an extreme action for an outstanding player for an outstanding season or career. 

 

Football Superlatives

Best Back ~ Top  All-time.

Colby Wood, Bryant Shirreffs, Jeff Davis,  Evan Shirreffs, Billy Ricks, Curtis Segars, Don Cole, Gary Duke, Johnny Spence, Bobby Gooch, Todd Berry, Y.D. Maddox, Benny Tompkins.  Matt Childers,  Kevin Crosby,  Rufus Simms,  Sammie Williams

Best Lineman

Brandon Mosley, Chris Davis, Webster Samples, Charles Hooper, Trent Sorrells

Best Blocker

Alex Bryan, Bob Hix, Dickie Copas, Rodney Wages 

Best Defensive Back

Gary Duke, Ronald Watson, Tradd Porter

Best Defensive Lineman

Alex Bryan, Brandon Mosley, Stephen Bryan, Webster Samples,  Cole Stanfill

Best Linebacker

Michael Shields, Wesley Simonton,  Herbert Wilson, Damon West, Lucas Redd, Carson Newman, Kody McDonald

Best Passer

Bryant Shirreffs, Evan Sheriffs,  Darius Minor, Bryce Moore, Josh Bohanan, Jimmy Lofton,  Phillip Thompson

Best Receiver

Dalton Hill,  T. J. Skelton,  McKay Dickens,  Donnie Hatfield, Burton Riddle, John Kesler, Tyler Porter

Best Punter

Gary Duke, Kory Hall,  Dalton Hill

Most Heart

Johnny Spence, Frankie Bray, Billy Lofton, Damon Gause

Most Successful College Player

Brandon Mosley, Todd Berry,  Ronald Watson, Alex Bryan, Bob Hix, Jeff Davis, Chris Davis, Bryant Shirreffs,  Jimmy Lofton, Lucas Redd, Evan Shirreffs 

( Division 1-A only )

Best Place- Kicker Gage Lawson,  Chandler Schlutow,  Asher Orr,  Andy Wilkes 

  

JEFFERSON

Football (1947-2014)

Record (419-277-22)  60.20   Won/Loss % ( All Games Including Ties )

GAMES - 718  Quick Facts by Jeff Prickett

Longest Known

Longest Touchdown-------Run from Scrimmage

Kevin Crosby-------------------------98 yards, vs. Dawson County, 1990

In 1959, All-State Halfback Jeff Davis ran 99 yards vs. Madison County.  The Jackson Herald has this documented as a 69 yard run.  It was simply a typo or mistake.  This has been verified by numerous sources, but is not documented anywhere I can find.  Therefore, the Kevin Crosby run of 98 yards will remain as the "official" longest run in Jefferson Dragon history.  

I, Cecil Buffington, also saw the touchdown run on Halloween night.  He moved in under center, took the snap and ran directly up the middle of the field for the score.

Longest Touchdown-------Pass Play

Phillip Thompson to Raynard Borders . . . . 97 yards vs. Franklin County, 1980 

Evan Sherriffs to Dalton Hill . . . . 97 yards vs. Oconee County, 2014

Longest Touchdown-------Fumble Return

Defensive, Curtis Segars-----------92 yards, vs. Greensboro, 1950

Offensive, Rick Connor------------73 yards, vs. Commerce, 1975

Longest Touchdown-------Kickoff Return

Matt Childress-----------------------99 yards, vs. Monticello, 1992

Matt Childress-----------------------99 yards, vs. Monticello, 1993

Yes, this above is correct for Childress-----99 yards for two separate years

versus the same team --- Monticello

 

Longest Touchdown-------Pass Interception Return

Danny Hammonds------------------98 yards, vs. Banks County, 1983

Longest Touchdown-------Punt Return

Marvin Hall--------------------------90 yards, vs. Oglethorpe Co., 1952

Longest Touchdown-------Blocked Punt Return

Thomas Bond------------------------40 yards vs. East Hall, 1963

Longest Field Goal

Chandler Schlutow------------------------- 44 yards vs. Fitzgerald, 2012

Longest Punt

Gary Duke----------------------------68 yards, vs. Tucker, 1957

Most Points---Game, Season

68---------------------------------------vs. Lavonia, 1958

       68 --------------------------------------vs. Social Circle,  2013

438  ( 43.8 ) -------------------------------------2013, Regular season

562 ( 43.23 ) -------------------------------------2013, Complete season

Region Titles ----------- 7

1971, 1975, 1977, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 

Sub-Region Titles ----- 7

1954, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1987

Jefferson Record By Decade

                            

DECADE           WON            LOST             TIE                %

1940's

2

25

0

7.40

1950's

70

27

5

72.16

1960's

53

37

9

58.89

1970's

83

26

4

76.15

1980's

45

52

2

46.39

1990's

45

56

1

44.55

2000's

71

42

1

62.83

2010's

50

12

0

80.64

                                                                          696                                      277                                       22                                         60.20

                              

 

 

Whatever Became of  . . . 

Coach Fred Herren

Herren was born in Atlanta in 1936 and graduated from Campbell High School in the suburb of Smyrna in 1954 as an all-star athlete.

He went on to star in football and track at the University of Chattanooga, graduating in 1958 and earning his master’s there in 1964.

Herren got into coaching as an assistant coach at Jefferson High School in Georgia from 1958-61 and moved on to the head football coach and athletic director job at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga., from 1961-65. After serving as an assistant football coach at Furman University from 1965-68, Herren came to Newberry College as the head football coach and athletic director in 1968, positions he would hold for nine years.

At Newberry, Herren compiled a 46-54-4 record. In 1971, he led the Indians to a record of 8-2-1 which was the most wins for a Newberry team since the state champion team of 1924. He was named the South Carolina state coach of the year and the NAIA District Six Coach of the Year that season. In 1975, he was named the SAC-8 Coach of the Year in the league’s inaugural season. He was later named to the inaugural class of the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 1999.

After retiring from coaching, Herren served Newberry in multiple capacities, including director of alumni affairs from 1977-80, a second stint as athletic director from 1981-83 and vice president of development from 1983-87. He was responsible for remodeling of the stadium and press box at Setzler Field, the design and construction of the physical education complex and Eleazer Arena and the Cannon Tennis Courts. He integrated Title IX into Newberry’s athletics programs and helped start the Lettermen’s Club.

From 1987-2001, he was the dean of continuing education at Spartanburg Technical College and was named the South Carolina Continuing Educator of the Year in 1994.

Fred has been married more than 50 years to his wife, Lucy. They have two children, Elizabeth and Greg, and four grandchildren. He is an active member at Spartanburg’s Central United Methodist Church and is a Rotary Club past president with 23 years of perfect attendance. He also participates on the boards of non-profit organizations.

Coach Herren inducted into Newberry and South Carolina Coaching Hall of Fame: 2011
Sport(s) Played: Coach, AD

 

Whatever became of Coach Fred McManus

DR. OLIVER FRED McMANUS

Dr. Oliver Fred McManus, 78 yr., died Tuesday, September 4, 2007 at his home in Habersham Co, Ga. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Dr. Ginger McManus, their three daughters, Martha McManus, Lee Weick and Lindy Gioiosa, and his 10 grandchildren.

Dr. McManus grew up in Lanett, Alabama. He attended the Univ. of Georgia where he lettered in football in 1949 & 1950 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree.

After serving in the US Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant, he began his career in high school education which spanned 35 years and included positions as Head Football Coach at Richmond Academy in Augusta, President of the Georgia State Coach's Association, and Head Football Coach at Habersham Central H. S. where he was also Athletic Director. Dr. McManus ended his career in education as the principal of Hart Co. H.S. in Hartwell, Ga. after completing his doctorate at UGA in 1985.

In keeping with his strong belief in the importance of education, Dr. McManus donated his body to the Medical College of Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Ga. on Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Habersham Central High School/Fred McManus Scholarship Fund, 171 Raider Circle; Mt. Airy, GA 30563

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 16, 2007

 

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Cecil Buffington's Top 10 All-Time Jefferson High School basketball Players

    Boys

1.

Matt Pugh  View Matt Pugh Career highlites

2.

Richard Wehunt

3.

Jason Gibson

4.

Woodrow Stewart

5.

Jerry Edwards

6.

Brandon Anglin

7.

Gary Duke

8.

Dickie Hoard

9.

Larry Johnson

10.

Darius Minor

State Of Georgia GSHA Year-By-Year Boys State Champions

 

Girls

1.

Brandy Bray

2.

Lee Dubose

3.

Debbie Culpepper     Click on name for stats

4.

Dot Cook

5.

Reba Ricks

6.

Junan Davis

7.

Annie Goza

8.

Abby Franklin

9.

Melynda Curruth

10.

Susan Ethridge

 State Of Georgia GHSA Girls All-Time State Champions

 

Dubose begins 40th year at Jefferson as head basketball coach

                      There’s a concept within Jefferson coaching circles simply known as “DuBose time.

 
The term is a light-hearted jab at boys’ basketball coach Bolling DuBose, who is infamous among his peers for late arrivals.

“It has a life of its own,” said Jefferson baseball coach Tommy Knight. “There’s Central Standard Time, Eastern Standard Time, and there’s DuBose Standard Time. It’s whenever he’s deciding it’s starting.”

Jefferson girls’ basketball coach Jason Gibson, who played for DuBose over two decades ago, offers this, unprompted: “He’s notorious for ‘DuBose time.’”

Good-natured ribbing aside, “DuBose time” could easily carry another meaning: a four-decade run at one school that ranks as one of the most enduring and unique in the state’s history.

DuBose will begin his 40th year at Jefferson Saturday when the Dragons tip off in their annual preseason tournament. Rarely do head coaches last 40 years. It’s almost unheard of for one to last 40 years at the same address.

Jefferson coach Bolling DuBose meets with his team during a timeout in 2012. DuBose has won 641 games at Jefferson and guided the Dragons to two Finals Fours and 12 region championships. Photo by Ben Munro

Consider that Knight, at 15 years, is one of the longest tenured coaches at the school. He only trails DuBose by 25 years.

“That is a rarity in any age — old school, new school, whatever,” Knight said. “He is so loyal to Jefferson High School that it’s unbelievable. It goes without saying that he is a Dragon through and through.”

DuBose certainly didn’t anticipate such a stay when he arrived at Jefferson in 1976.

“I thought I’ll go to a small (high) school as a boys’ coach and I’ll win a bunch,” he said. “Then I’ll go to a bigger school and win a bunch, and then I’ll go into college coaching. I guess it never crossed my mind that I would come to any school — Jefferson or anywhere else — and stay 40 years.”

But the decades passed, children were raised (three daughters) and legions of young men came under his watch — some of whom have gone on to become coaches themselves.

Somewhere along the way, the place became home.

“The longer I stayed here, the more I realized what a great school system we have and what a great high school we have,” DuBose said. “We expect our kids academically to be the best, and we expect them athletically to be the best that they can be.”

DuBose is now 66 and still coaching while some of his peers attempt to make golf and tennis full-time hobbies. He offers a humorous and candid explanation for what has ensured his survival at one place for so long.

“I guess I just haven’t made the wrong person mad enough yet for them to fire me,” DuBose said. “But I never envisioned that I would come here and stay 40 years.”

Winning, no doubt, has helped.

DuBose has produced 641 victories, two Final Four appearances and 12 region championships. He guided Jefferson to its most recent Final Four appearance in 2010 — in his 34th year on the job — and to the Elite Eight in 2014 in year no. 38.

“He’s a fantastic basketball coach,” said Gibson, a star player for DuBose in the early 1990s. “I don’t think he gets enough credit for the successes that he’s had and the teams that he’s had.”

Though this fact might have been forgotten after his four decades on the job, DuBose isn’t a Jefferson native.

The son of a physician, he grew up in nearby Athens, played basketball and golf at Athens High School (now Clarke Central) and went on to play college basketball at Wake Forest. But he ended his collegiate career after two seasons to ensure he’d graduate in four years. Nearly 50 years later, he regrets that decision but points to a positive that came from it.

“The advantage, I guess, was that I got out quicker and got to go ahead and get into coaching, which is what I wanted to do,” DuBose said.

DuBose made brief stops at Oglethorpe County and Cedar Shoals (where he coached girls’ basketball for three years) before arriving at what would become his home for the next 40 years and counting.

During his job interview in 1976 with then-athletic director Jack Keen (whom DuBose counts as a major influence on his coaching career), DuBose learned the Jefferson job carried with it an interesting stipulation — coaching both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams.

“I don’t know if the fact that I’d coached girls had anything with me getting the job or not,” DuBose said. “Or maybe a lot of other coaches didn’t want to coach both.”

DuBose, who pulled double duty for five years, laughs when looking back on his days a dual head coach and the position it left his boys’ team.

“When I’m coaching the girls, those guys are in the locker room getting dressed,” DuBose said. “I don’t even have time to go give them a pre-game talk or game plan what we’re going to do … It’s amazing to me that they were ever mentally ready to play when I never got to say anything to them before the game.”

But DuBose guided his first Jefferson boys team to the state tournament in 1976-1977 and led the program to the Final Four by 1982-1983. And year after year his teams have been region title contenders and have even put together deep state tournament runs.

“To me, the biggest thing that he’s always been able to do is get the most out of every kid,” Gibson said. “He’s had teams that I’ve watched, and I’ve been like ‘how in the world are they going to win’ and then you look at them and they managed to win.”

Or at least win at the right time of the year. Last year was a testament to DuBose’s resourcefulness as a coach. With no depth or height, Jefferson reached the state tournament —despite winning just seven games —with an upset of Elbert County in the region tournament.

“Every year that I’ve been here, all I’ve ever asked of our kids is to give us everything they’ve got, and we’ve got a plan to how we can be the best we can possibly be,” said DuBose, who has been named region “Coach of the Year” 12 times. “As far as basketball is concerned, we want to get better every week where we’re playing the best we can heading into the (region) tournament.”

Gibson played for DuBose’s prolific 1991-1992 region championship team and praises the coach’s ability to change and adapt to the game as it has evolved over the past 40 years. He’s won with teams that have scored 90 points a game and succeeded with those who have only averaged in the 60s.

But Gibson believes there’s another reason why DuBose has stayed in the business so long.

“He’s mellowed a little bit, too,” he said. “His stress level has got to be way down … I know he’s still as intense as ever and he’s still obviously very competitive, but I don’t think he takes it home with him like a lot of young coaches do.”

Gibson then laughs when comparing the DuBose he sees now versus the one he played for over 20 years ago.

“I get on to him sometimes and I aggravate him and I say ‘Do you realize what you would have done to me or one of the guys that played around the same time that I did had we have done something like he just did?”

DuBose’s professional longevity could also be hereditary. His father practiced medicine well into his senior years until he suffered a stroke. He died a few weeks later.

“He always said, ‘I hope I drop dead in my office,’ and he almost did. But I see what he means,” DuBose said. “I love playing golf, but I couldn’t play seven days a week. That would get boring to me.”

DuBose is asked if he as a timetable for how much longer he’ll coach. He does not. There’s nothing else he’d rather be doing. And there’s no other place he’d rather be doing it.
“I hope (superintendent) Dr. (John) Jackson and the board will see fit to keep me around for a few more years,” he said. “I think I can still coach. I still enjoy what I’m doing.”
Gibson hopes DuBose has several more years in him, too, reminding the coach that his sons will soon be coming up through the program.

He doesn’t want “DuBose time” to end anytime soon.

“If he wasn’t coaching here, I just don’t think it would be the same,” Gibson said. “I’m hoping he coaches until all of mine are graduated … I keep telling him all the time, ‘You’ve got several more years buddy. You can’t be hanging it up anytime soon. You might as well go ahead and hit that fifth decade.’”

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The highlights

Here is a rundown of some — certainly not all — of the memorable teams and eras in Bolling DuBose’s 40 years as Jefferson’s boys’ basketball coach:

•1976-1977: Led by players like Randall Law, the Dragons went 17-10 and reached the state tournament in DuBose’s first year on the job during an era when only two teams per region went on to state. Jefferson did so that year by pulling off a major upset of Buford — a Final Four team the previous year — in the region tournament. “That team will always be special to me,” DuBose said.

•1982-1983: Jefferson made its first deep state tournament run under DuBose that year. The Dragons won the region tournament and upset defending state champion Central of Talbotton — led by the state’s no. 1 recruit that year, Dwayne Bam-Bam Rainey — in the first round of the state tournament. The team followed with a quarterfinals victory over the Georgia School for the Deaf. The Dragons lost to the now-defunct Arnold High School (out of Savannah) at Georgia Tech in the state semifinals. “That team was just a great team to be around,” DuBose said. “Those kids worked hard.”

•1988-1989: One of DuBose’s teams that overachieved the most was this group back in the late 1980s. The team had no player over 6-1, and DuBose remembers a fellow coach telling him that he’d nominate him for coach of the year if he won five games with that squad. On the heels of a 6-17 season the previous year, DuBose guided that team to 22 wins and a subregion title though the squad fell short of a state tournament berth. He still remembers this group fondly. “It’s seasons like that that make it worthwhile,” DuBose said.

•1991-1992: Perhaps the most talented of DuBose’s 40 teams, these Dragons from the early 1990s were armed with a pair of outstanding shooters — Jason Gibson (now the Jefferson girls’ basketball coach) and Matt Pugh. The Dragons executed DuBose’s uptempo offense with staggering efficiency, scoring over 100 points 14 times, a total that would have been higher had DuBose not pulled starters in lopsided games. But in the first round of the state tournament, Gibson tore up his ankle in the first quarter against Central of Talbotton. The Dragons had to play the rest of the way without Gibson and his 33-point-per game scoring average and lost 71-68. “You talk about tough losses, that was one of the toughest I’ve had since I’ve been here,” DuBose said. DuBose said he is not a coach to ponder what could have been had circumstances worked out differently, but the 1991-1992 team remains the exception to that rule.

•1996-1997: One of DuBose’s 12 region title teams, the Dragons won the 8-A championship behind the play of the play of Brandon Anglin and Richard Wehunt and advanced on to the Elite Eight.

•The decade of the 2000’s: DuBose said all his region championship teams have been special, so the decade of the 2000s ranks as extra special to DuBose. Jefferson went through a stretch from 2000-2007 where it won six region titles in seven years and racked up 55 straight region wins at one point. That era was highlighted by players like Keonte Keith, Montray Riley and the Rakestraw brothers (Duran and Jarial) and an influx of size with players like Chris Davis and Brandon Mosley (who now plays in the NFL). “For me to be lucky enough to have that group of kids at the same time was just phenomenal,” DuBose said.

•2009-2010: Jefferson won 25 games and reached the Final Four back in 2009-2010 but dropped a late-season game at Commerce. DuBose still remembers a post-game rant delivered in the locker room from star player, Darius Minor. DuBose said the season turned on that loss. “I’ve never heard a kid go off on his teammates like that,” he said. “He told them in no uncertain terms that this wasn’t going to happen again. I don’t think we lost another game until the Final Four.” The Dragons won the region and reeled off wins over Manchester, Westminster and Callaway before falling to Thomasville in the semifinals.

•Back-to-back titles in ’13 and ’14: DuBose’s teams won region titles again in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. The 2013-2014 team was one of four DuBose-coached teams to advance beyond the Sweet 16.


Year Record
1976-77 17-10
1977-78 6-18
1978-79 7-17
1979-80 10-13
1980-81 12-11
1981-82 13-11
1982-83 24- 5
1983-84 6-18
1984-85 12-12
1985-86 19- 6
1986-87 12-14
1987-88 6-17
1988-89 22- 4
1989-90 14-12
1990-91 14-12
1991-92 23- 5
1992-93 15-12
1993-94 20-10
1994-95 11-15
1995-96 15-10
1996-97 21-11
1997-98 20- 7
1998-99 8-18
1999-00 11-14
2000-01 23- 7
2001-02 18-11
2002-03 19-11
2003-04 24- 5
2004-05 24- 5
2005-06 24- 6
2006-07 24- 6
2007-08 15-14
2008-09 21- 5
2009-10 25- 7
2010-11 15-12
2011-12 20-10
2012-13 19-10
2013-14 25-6
2014-15 7-22
2015-16  9-18
2016-17 4-21
Overall 655-458


•12 region championships
•selected as the head coach for the North all stars for the 2008 GACA state all star game
•inducted into the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010
•selected as Region Coach of the Year 12 times

 This article posted in the November 19, 2015 Jackson Herald by Ben Munro.

 

DuBose out as Jefferson boys’ basketball coach after 41 seasons

Posted by Ben Munro Friday, March 3. 2017 

Bolling DuBose’s 41-year run as Jefferson boys’ basketball coach — one of the longest tenures in the state in any sport — has ended.

The news comes after DuBose met with Jefferson principal Kevin Smith and superintendent John Jackson last Thursday about the future of the boys’ basketball program, which has gone 20-62 the last three years.

DuBose finishes at Jefferson with a career record of 661-481. He won 12 region titles and guided two teams to the Final Four.

Jackson said DuBose did not resign. “We had a very up front and cordial meeting,” Jackson said.

“Nobody enjoys dealing with these kind of things, but from time-to-time, you’ve got to deal with the hand that’s dealt to you.” Jackson said Jefferson’s recent struggles were a major factor in the decision to make a change.

Jackson said all were in agreement that the program would rebound but there wasn’t a consensus on the timetable.

“The fact that the turnaround is somewhere out there but we’re not sure exactly where it is, we thought maybe a new perspective or new blood might cause it to coalesce quicker,” Jackson said.

Jackson added that he and DuBose had similar talks previously. “This just didn’t come out of the blue,” he said. “We’ve had some conversations in past.”

Jackson said DuBose had “an unbelievably great career” at Jefferson, and said a tenure like DuBose’s, which included four decades at one school, is extremely rare. “I just cannot emphasize enough the degree of appreciation we all have for Bolling and the fine, outstanding job he’s done at Jefferson over the years,” said Jackson, who has known DuBose since 1983 when Jackson first came to Jefferson as a principal.

Jackson added, “It feels kind of awkward on one hand saying those things and then on the other hand dealing with where we are now. We just are where we are.” For more on this story, see the March 8 edition of The Jackson Herald.

 

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1958 Jefferson Dragonettes - Front Row; Delores Roberts, Lilly Scroggins, Betty Parks, Sandra Gailey, Martha Evans, Gloria Langford, Second Row; Emma Lou Murphy, Doris Skelton, Shelby Langford, Sandra Evans, Sandra Evans, Carol Murphy, Alijean Roberts ~ Third Row; Coach Betty Cook, Reba Ricks, Polly Berryman, Mary Nell Davis, Junan Davis, and Linda Meade.

1958 Jefferson Dragons ~ Front Row ~ Charlie Gilbert, Norman Botelho, Daniel Gasaway, Dan Truluck, Don Truluck ~ Second Row, Lynn Brothers, Gary Duke, Coach Monk Collins, Johnny Melvin and Talmage Perry.

John Burns was indeed, a Jefferson Dragon Legend. Here he is pictured on a tractor preparing the stadium for a home football game. John always took great pride in how Memorial Field looked when his beloved Dragons took the field.

The 1950 Undefeated Jefferson Dragons ~ 9 - 0 - 1 . . . . . First Row ~ Left to Right; Tommy Henderson ( mgr. ), Marvin Hall, Y. D. Maddox, Sidney Johnson, John Anderson, Nelson Tolbert, Willie craib and Donald Marlow ( mgr. ). Second Row ~ Left to right, Assistant Coach Alf Anderson, Billy Crenshaw, Earl Carithers, Billy Sailors, Donald Cole, Curtis Segars and Coach Red Yancey. Third Row ~ Left to Right; Thomas Blackstock ( Mgr. ) Gerald Brookshire, Mack Elder, Charlie Barrett. Tommy Mauns, Raymond Adams, Carrol Dadisman, Charlie Middlebrooks, and Tim Daniel, Fourth Row ~ Left to Right; Dwight Howard, Davis Roberts, Ned Berryman, Prince Watkins, Bobby Simpson, Thomas Crenshaw and Franklin Shumake.. .

Brandon Mosley - Class of 2004 has his number retired at the Jefferson-North Oconee homecoming game. Mosley played for a national championship Auburn team and for four years with the New York Giants. He was drafted at number 101 by the New York Giants.

Chris Beck - ( center ) Has his baseball number retired at the 2017 Jefferson - North oconee football game. He is currently playing professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox. His baseball number 3 is the only player number retired at Jefferson in a sport other than football.

Brandon Mosley of the New York Giants.

Chris Beck - Jefferson High Graduate - pitching for the Chicago white Sox in 2017.

Bryant Sherriffs - Three year starting quarterback with the UConn Huskies.

Mr. Morris Bryan, Jr. ~ Jefferson's most distinguished citizen passed away on December 29, 1984. He was 65 years old.