Marcus passes the football to new record-holder Dowell


White County High School organized football dates back to 1929, according to historians. Hundreds, even thousands, have put on the maroon and gray to represent Sparta on the gridiron. Many have gone on to play college and even professional football. The community has always been loyal to filling the stands and cheering for the young men who carry the football, block for their teammates, and stop the opponents.

The 2021 season has proved to be a special year and will be remembered by the White County fans for many years, not just for the big win over rival Cookeville but several other historical events. Records were set by the young men wearing the maroon and gray.

One record, in particular, was the single season rushing record. According to information provided to the school, the record was set in the 1983 season by junior running back Dewayne Marcus (WCHS Class of 1984). Marcus rushed for 1,500 yards in the 1983 season. According to information provided to the school, several other running backs had come close to Marcus’ record, but Marcus had held the record until this season. The record was smashed this season by Malaki Dowell. Dowell eclipsed Marcus’ record by 500 yards, setting the new record at over 2,000 yards. According to the football publication, MaxPreps, Dowell finished with 2,029 yards in just nine games.


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  • Halstead83wchs

    I went to high school with Dewayne Marcus. I was present when he set that record. I had the privilege of attending every single game from 1981~1983 by virtue of being the band manager for the WCHS Marching Band under the great Mr. Carl Ballinger. Marcus was, and still is an awesome guy. It was a very, very nice gesture by him to pass the torch to young Malaki. Thank you, Marcus. And,... Malaki,.... please cherish that ball and go out and break your own record next year. You have skills, young man!

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