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Isaiah Dawson feels at home in Garner

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PHOTO (News & Observer): Garner receiver Isaiah Dawson has helped the Trojans’ bounce back from a year ago.

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Isaiah Dawson is new to Wake County football as a Garner High senior this season, but the all-purpose player’s reputation spread quickly as an explosive athlete. Game plans focus on playing keep away.

When Dawson was back for a kickoff return in last week’s midseason game against Southeast Raleigh, the Bulldogs opted to squib kick. When Dawson was back for a punt return, the boot was directional, away from him.

And that’s not the only way Southeast Raleigh played keep away. The Bulldogs’ defensive line, led by senior Chase Robinson, took advantage of the Garner’s injury plagued offensive line. There wasn’t time for Dawson, a 5-foot-8, 178-pound receiver, to run deep patterns before his quarterback was in trouble.

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Previous weekly features this season:

— October 13, Garner’s Isaiah Dawson, Richmond commit

— October 6, Cardinal Gibbons’ Whitt Newbauer, Furman commit

— September 29, Fuquay-Varina’s Malcolm Ziglar, North Carolina commit

— September 22, Wake Forest’s Zane Williams, North Carolina State commit

— September 15, South Garner’s Nnamdi Ogboko, Georgia commit

— September 8, Southeast Raleigh’s Chase Robinson, underrated prospect.

— September 1, Southern Durham’s Isaiah Campbell, 30-plus offers.

— August 25, Rolesville’s Isiah Jones, committed to NC State

— August 18, Millbrook’s Mason Fortune, underrated prospect.


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