Dalton has star running back Jahmyr Gibbs going into region play, and he's a humble one

Dalton High senior running back has scored 12 touchdowns in two games. The Catamounts begin region play Friday against Sequoyah. PHOTO: WTVC SPORTS.

Dalton High School (2-0) begins play in its 6A region Friday night. The competition will step up.

Dalton is ready to go against Sequoyah, a team that beat them 42-14 last season. Sensational senior running back Jahmyr Gibbs leads the charge this year.

LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, Southern Cal, Florida and Texas A&M headline the numerous Power 5 schools that have offered him. Gibbs said the recruiting process has been fun, but, "It's a little overwhelming to have that opportunity."

He's verbally committed to Georgia Tech, but said his recruitment is "still 100 percent wide open." He has as a personal goal to try and get an offer from the top three teams in the nation: Clemson, Alabama and Georgia. "Getting an offer from them means you're one of the best of the best and that's what I'm trying to be," Gibbs said.

He's big, fast, strong and has great vision. But his coach Matt Land said that's not his strong suit. "I'm more impressed just at the quality of the young man that he is. This a young man that's had some adversity in his life that he's overcame as he's grown up. Secondly, he's a consummate teammate."

In his first game against Ringgold, Gibbs rushed for more than 400 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He only played three quarters. He's found the end zone 12 times in only two games.

Gibbs is quick to hand out the credit. "My offensive line. They've done a good job opening holes and making gaps for me to run through."

One woman behind this young man has made a huge difference. Coach Land explained, "His grandmother has just done an outstanding job raising him and putting him in a position to really take advantage of the God given talent."

Gibbs added, "I've been raised to the spotlight isn't all on yourself. Football is a team game, it's not about one person. Eleven players, one heartbeat."

Sequoyah beat Dalton soundly last year at their campus, but Gibbs barely played because of an injury.

That's not the case this year. Sequoyah coach James Teter called Gibbs the best back in a talented and tough region of large schools. "You just gotta find a way to slow him down. I don't think you stop him altogether. He's good enough that he's going to break some somewhere, you just gotta hope that we can stop him before he gets in the end zone," Teter said.

That may prove to be a tall task. Everyone will find out at Harmon Field Friday night at 7:30. Fox Chattanooga will have highlights at 10:00 and NewsChannel 9 will have them at 11:00.

Remember also our Friday Night Rivals *Broadcast Game: Ringgold at North Murray.

The game will be shown on the CW Chattanooga.

Pre-game is at 7:00 PM and kickoff is at 7:30.

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