JOHNSON CITY — Bobby Dodd was an outstanding Dobyns-Bennett High School quarterback who went on to star in football at the University of Tennessee and become a legend as coach/athletic director at Georgia Tech.
The Region 1 Officials Association presented its annual Bobby Dodd Sportsmanship Award Monday night to Jefferson County at its annual banquet in the DoubleTree Hotel.
The award is based on the actions of coaches, discipline of players, dressing facilities and fans’ conduct for every game.
Jefferson County received top honors among 30 high schools in an area stretching from Mountain City to Cosby.
Winners of the Ralph Stout Sportsmanship Award for each conference were Cloudland, Mountain East; West Greene, Blue Ridge; Elizabethton, Three Rivers; David Crockett, Big 8; and Jefferson County, Five Rivers. Stout, of Mountain City, retired as the longest-serving game official in Northeast Tennessee.
Retiring coach Kent Green, who accepted the Crockett award, said: “I’ve coached high school ball in Tennessee and Georgia and also at the collegiate level. This is the finest group of officials anywhere.”
The Region 1 association will have eight crews working Friday night in the TSSAA playoffs.
For the complete story, pick up a copy of the Oct. 30 edition of the Times-News.