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#1 THOLCOMB

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 09:12 PM

Sure is slow on the board these days. ...

I was searching for some 1972 scores today in the Gainesville paper, which covered White County, and Jesse Dorsey was some back for that small mountain school in those days. Dorsey was a two-time Class AA back of the year, and in 1972, he scored 30 touchdowns in the regular season alone. In fact, he scored 20 in the first 5 games, then played only a half in GM #6 (a 34-0 win over North Hall) due to a shoulder injury, also was limping in GM #7 with a hamstring pull. After scoring just 1 TD in each of those games, he scored 1, 2 and 5 in the final 3 games. I would think that 30 TD would've been the GHSA record for the regular season at that time. Herschel Walker scored 45 TDs in 15 games, or 3 per game like Dorsey.

White County went 9-1 but missed the playoffs because of a 28-19 loss to Commerce, who also had a superstar RB in Runt Moon.

Dorsey lettered three years at Tennessee Tech, I discovered via Google.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:27 PM

That name definitely rings a bell!

Todd,
Do you know Thomas County Central's all time record?

I have them going 258-133-1 from 1971 through 2003, but nothing from 1959 to 1970.

I am not quite sure about the years of 1985, 1991 and 1999 either. I have records of 7-3, 7-4 and 6-4 respectively.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:51 PM

In 1999, I have them 6-5, having lost to Laney in the first round. The other 2 years agree with mine.

For 1968-70, those happen to be three of the years that are missing about 200 scores per season. ... Records for the other years haven't been confirmed but are based on published standings in the AJC.

1970: 0-6-1 (missing 3 results, including Thomasville game)
1969: 1-6 (missing 3 results)
1968: 1-7-1 (missing a Sept. 27 result vs. Center of Waycross)
1967: 4-4-2
1966: 5-5
1965: 3-7
1964: 6-3-1
1963: 6-4
1962: 3-6
1961: 4-6
1960: 2-7-1
1959: I don't see them in the standings and haven't done scores for this year.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:58 PM

Thank's Todd!

Thomasville defeated Central by a score of 35-0 in 1970, according to my record book.

It looks like Thomas County Central's record stands at 293-196-8 from 1960 through 2003. I don't know how they finished last year either, 7-5 maybe? If that so, that puts them at 300 wins all time.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 05:44 PM

I've got them at 4-6 last year. Since they're so close to 300, I think it would be worth some trouble for us to figure out the exact number. Might be something they want to celebrate down there.

BTW, what was the Thomasville-Bainbridge score from 1970?

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 07:40 PM

That puts them at 297-202-8. Last year was their first losing season under Pilcher. They are definitely flirting with 300 wins, thats for sure.

Thomasville won the 1970 game with Bainbridge 28-0.

Todd, I have all of Thomasville's scores on the worksheet provided by Bobby. I can send you a copy of them if you like. Critique the fire out of them!

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 11:06 PM

Todd,
Your post brought back some memories. My sophomore year at Tucker, we played Lakeside, who happened to have a transfer move in from White County. A running back, he was a senior, and his name was......Melvin Dorsey. This was in 1979, and he ran all over us. I forget how many yards he had (it was a bunch!), and they handed us our worst defeat while I was there, 41-12. I think he ended up signing with Georgia, but I have no idea what happened to him. I would bet a case of beef jerky that he was either a son or nephew of Jesse Dorsey. Man, he could fly!

QUOTE(THOLCOMB @ Jul 7 2005, 09:12 PM)
Sure is slow on the board these days. ...

I was searching for some 1972 scores today in the Gainesville paper, which covered White County, and Jesse Dorsey was some back for that small mountain school in those days. Dorsey was a two-time Class AA back of the year, and in 1972, he scored 30 touchdowns in the regular season alone. In fact, he scored 20 in the first 5 games, then played only a half in GM #6 (a 34-0 win over North Hall) due to a shoulder injury, also was limping in GM #7 with a hamstring pull. After scoring just 1 TD in each of those games, he scored 1, 2 and 5 in the final 3 games. I would think that 30 TD would've been the GHSA record for the regular season at that time. Herschel Walker scored 45 TDs in 15 games, or 3 per game like Dorsey.

White County went 9-1 but missed the playoffs because of a 28-19 loss to Commerce, who also had a superstar RB in Runt Moon.

Dorsey lettered three years at Tennessee Tech, I discovered via Google.
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Posted 09 July 2005 - 08:34 AM

Wow, I had no idea Jess and Melvin might be related. Melvin didn't do much at UGA, and I suspect he didn't finish there. Lakeside made the semifinals with him in 1978.

There also was a RB named Glen Dorsey who was all-state at White County in 1981 and 1982. White hasn't had an all-state selection since.

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Posted 12 July 2005 - 07:35 PM

1978 is right. I was thinking about the year the class graduated instead of the season, 1978-79.

QUOTE(THOLCOMB @ Jul 9 2005, 08:34 AM)
Wow, I had no idea Jess and Melvin might be related.  Melvin didn't do much at UGA, and I suspect he didn't finish there.  Lakeside made the semifinals with him in 1978. 

There also was a RB named Glen Dorsey who was all-state at White County in 1981 and 1982.  White hasn't had an all-state selection since.
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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:51 PM

Wow, I had no idea Jess and Melvin might be related. Melvin didn't do much at UGA, and I suspect he didn't finish there. Lakeside made the semifinals with him in 1978.

There also was a RB named Glen Dorsey who was all-state at White County in 1981 and 1982. White hasn't had an all-state selection since.



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:53 PM

Yes Jesse and Melvin are first cousins. We're raised up in the same household as brothers. Their mothers are sisters. Jesse has another brother Glen Dorsey that also played. Melvin went to UGA also but transferred to and graduated from Western Carolina.

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Posted 13 May 2016 - 05:56 PM

Actually white county had Gary Moss who was all state in 81 and 82 went on to UGA and had a short career in nfl. He is also Jesse and Melvins cousin.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:50 PM

Melvin's son Justice is a freshman at Murphy High in North Carolina, big time athlete who should do the family legacy proud.