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V orter December 26, 2018 l qRY PERSONS BULLDOGS State Farm 281 Ttft College Drive Forsyth, GA 31029 478-992-9945 Hour~ Monday - FIMay, 9 am - 5',30 pm WE HAVE IT COVERED IF IT'S PLAYED Mary Persons offensive tackle Colton Dingmore (middle), pictured with his parents Jerry and Jana Dingmore, brother Asher, and sister Kenzie, signed a scholarship offer on Wednesday to play college football at Mercer. Dingmore's signing took place at Macon's Piedmont Church, where his father Jerry is the lead pastor. (Photos/Richard Dumas) 1 By Dun s In front of over 100 friends and family mem- bers, Mary Persons se- nior football star Colton Dingmore signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play college football at Mercer. Din~nore, who was the lone MP senior to sign during the early signing period, held his ceremony at Macon's Piedmont Church, where he was joined by his parents Jerry and Jana Dingmore, as well as a number of team- mates, coaches and friends. Dingmore selected Mercer over several other schools, includ- ing Tennessee Tech, citing the dose distance to home, his affection for the Mercer coach- ing staffand a budding friendship with another Bears' signee, Warner Robins quarterback Dylan Fromm. Dingmore's father Jerr~ who serves as Piedmont's lead pastor, was the master of ceremonies, honoring many of the people who helped his son get to where he is today including former youth league and high school coaches. Jerry Ding- more said MP head coach Brian Nelson not only aided his son's career as a football player, but also as a person off the rid& Jerry Dingmore recalled, "I remember him (Nelson) when we first got to Mary Persons stand up in front of all the parents and sa); 'I believe we can win a lot of football games, but ifI don't teach your son to be a MP's Colton Dingmore addresses a crowd of over 100 shortly after officially signing his scholarship papers. good man, a good husband, a good worker and all that, then I have failed at my job? And that's the kind of coach you want your kids to play for? But Nelson, who said Dingmore is among the top of the players he's coached "in terms of accountability and dependabflity~' said Dingmore set a goal for himsdflong ago to play Di- vision 1 football, and he said his pupil's own hard work was more responsible for his achieving that goal than anything Nelson did. 'At the end of the day, coaching is overrated;' Nelson said. "It really is. I didn't do a lot other than guide him and help him through some things. Coach (larmarcus)lohnson did it. Coach Danno (Burdette) in the weight room, and it really came down to Colton buying into it and chas- ing a dream and chas'mg a goal. And when he put his mind toit, then he's sitting here today a commit and a signee of Mercer. And that's awesome. It's dose to home. it's a place where we can all in this room see him play games for the next four or five years and continue to help support him and en- courage him to do the best he can" And I think at the end of the day, that's what we want from everybody. I say it all the time in our locker room and to our kids, ~ we want is all you got:' Dingmore, who moved to Georgia from Texas as a young child, played his first two years of high school at Tattnall Square before trans- ferring to MP for his final two years in order to elevate the level of competition he faced. Dingmore was named a Second Team All-Region 2-AAAA performer as a ju- nior in 2017 before moving up to First Team All-Region 2-AAAA status as a senior in2018. "It definitely has paid o~' Dingmore said of the trans- fer to MP. "You can see God working through that, and that decision was the right decision" Dingmore's mother lana, who now teaches at MP, echoed her son's feelings about Mary Persons. "I absolutely love it" Ding- more said. "I'm so thankful. It's been a great decision for our "family7 A two-year starter at right tackle for MP, Ding- mores 2018 Bulldogs set a new school record with 598 points, obliterating the previous best mark by 140 points, while finishing witha 12-1 record. As a hard-nosed run blocker and reliable pass protector, Ding- more helped pave the way for record-se~ing seasons by quarterback J.T. Hartage, running back Quen Wilson and receiver De'Adrek AI- ford, among others. Dingmore said of his experience on a Bulldog of- fense that averaged a school record 46 points per game: "It was something special. Just the chemistry through- out the whole offense, but especially along the offensive line. Just having 'the beefy boys; we were all we had, and we knew that J.T. and Quen and De'Adrek and Antoine and Desmond and whoever else ran the ball and was scoring, they were By Rkhard Dumm forsyth@myrncr.nef For the fifth straight year, Mary Persons will host a holiday basketh~ tournament on the weekend between Christmas and New Year's. The Bulldogs will host the Mary Per- sons Holiday Classic for three days and nights in James P. Evans Gymnasium beginning on ~Ihursday, Dec. 27 and running through Saturday; Dec. 30. Boys game times for Dec. 27 are as follows: Locust Grove vs. North- side (Warner Robins) at 2:30 p.m Greenbrier vs. St. Petersburg at 5:30 p.m Warren County vs. Veterans at 11:30 a.m Crawford County vs. Mary Persons at 8:30 p.m. On Dec. 28, the losers of the Locust Grove/Northside and Greenbrier/St. Petersburg games will play at 11:30 a.m. while the ~n- ners will play at 5:30 p.m. Also on Dec. 28, the losers of the Warren County/ Veterans and Crawford County/Mary Persons games will play at 2:30 p.m. while the winners will play at 8:30 p.m. All eight boys teams are scheduled to play again on Dec. 29 with the winners bracket championship taking place at 8:30 p.m. Home MP has been in the title contest in each of the past three years, winning for the first time a year ago. Girls game times for Dec. 27 are as follows: Jackson vs. Upson-Lee at 10 ~m Locust Grove vs. Douglass at 1 p.m Therrell vs. Monticello at 4 p.m. and Crawford County vs. Mary Per- sons at 7 p.m. On Dec. 28, the losers of the Jackson/Upson-Lee and Locust Grove/Douglass games will play at 10 a.m. while the winners will play at 4 p.m. Also on Dec. 28, the losers of the TherrelFMonticello and Crawford County/Mary Persons games will play at i p.m. while the winners will play at 7 p.m. All eight girls team are sched- uled to play again on Dec. 29 with the winners bracket championship taking place at 7 p.m. going to get out and go with it. Us five really gave it every- thing we had, and we didn't finish up how we wanted but I think it was definitely the best offense, maybe in high school football." When asked if his ceremo- which featured a hype video and fancylights, set a new standard for MP sign- ing day ceremonies that will be hard for his classmates to match, Dingmore laughed. "It was really cool" Ding- more said. '~nd their time will come and it will be just as great for all of them. It's a great feeling" At 260 pounds, the 6'4" Dingmore said he still needs add weight to the 300-pound range, but he said he doesn't want to lose his quickness in the process. He said, "I bring a lot of speed and just quickness on my feet to the table, and that's what really helps me out." Dingmore's co-offensive line coach Barton Hamlin agreed that Dingmore's athleticism sets him apart but said his work ethic is key as weK "He's probably one of the better offensive linemen that I've had the opportunity to coach" Hamlin said, "His quickness, he has good footwork. He's smart. He's a true technician of his craft. He works on the little things. He has good hands. He's just an all-around good package as an offensive lineman." Hamlin said it only takes a couple of minutes of be- ing around Dingrnore to understand how easily he fit in with his teammates when he came to MP prior to the 2017 season. Hamlin said of Ding- more: "He was open to learning. He was a hard worker. Personality-wise, it seems he can get along with everybody. He took to our coaching well, what we ex- pect of everyone that comes through the program. He'S just a good kid all-amtmd." Nelson said as many as a dozen more MP seniors are expected to sign college scholarship offers at MP'S annual signing day event on the traditional National Signing Day, Wednesday, Feb. 6. We look forward to seeng you again in 2019! Jason & Emily St. Peter & Staff 109 Patrol Road Forsyth, GA (478) 994-6334 8523 Rivoli Rd Bolingbroke, GA (478) 994-4700 90 Days Same as Cash All Major Credit Cards Accepted