| Michael Dysart |
School: Union City
By the numbers: Dysart was the tackle chart leader and a big-play specialist for the Golden Tornadoes in UC’s 28-26 win over South Fulton on Friday night. Needing the win to stay in playoff contention, Union City took a first-half lead and then held off the Red Devils at the end. Dysart had a team-best 10 tackles for the Twisters, a total that included one sack and another stop behind the line of scrimmage. Another big effort will be needed this week as Union City plays an explosive Humboldt team for the District 14A regular season championship at War Memorial Stadium.
Sound bite: “Michael is a good product of our program,” UC head coach Darren Bowling said. “He’s come a long way since his freshman year. Now, as a senior, he’s dominating both sides of the line, especially on defense, and getting better each week. We’re proud to have him there anchoring the line for us. When we’re in the situation we were in Friday night — with the playoffs on the line and playing away from home — we needed everything we could get to change the momentum, and his plays were momentum shifts that gave us a chance to win. We have a big game this week, and we’ll need our seniors to step up. He needs to be a leader, and we know he will be.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Josh Quinton, OC senior linebacker, had seven total tackles, including a sack; Nathan Spaulding, OC junior linebacker, had six total stops and caused a fumble; Stratton Moore, OC senior lineman, had five tackles and took an interception for a TD; Kendall Greer, SF senior linebacker had seven tackles; J.P. Fowler, SF junior safety; had six total stops; Tymaine Strickland, UC sophomore linebacker, had five tackles. Published in The Messenger 10.26.11