School: South Charleston High School
Primary Sport: Football
In his last high school game, Aaron Dobson came up big-time. He caught five passes for 100 yards with one going for a touchdown, and on defense he picked off a pass and returned it for six. His play helped bring a third state championship trophy back to South Charleston.
"It means a lot," said Dobson. "I always wanted to win a state championship, not a better time to win than your senior year."
SC defeated GW 13-12 in the regular season. He attributes improved play on the defensive side for a much different outcome a second time around.
"We improved in the defensive backfield a lot this year," he said. "We just play hard...had a lot of motivation and just play really hard."
Dobson's interception return in the fourth quarter capped off a season and a career to remember.
"I feel really good," he said. "I was surprised I caught that. I thought he (the opposing receiver) had it. It just fell right into my hands and I just capitalized on it."
John Messinger says Dobson's play further illustrates his feelings on who should win the state's top individual football award (Kennedy).
"If Dobson's not the Kennedy Award winner then I don't know who it could be," he said. "I think this game defined him and this just put him over the top."
It was a winter wonderland in Wheeling on Saturday...a day that produced a lifetime memory for Aaron Dobson and the South Charleton Black Eagle program.
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