The much-deserved football postseason accolades for White County junior running back Malaki Dowell have continued to pour in.
Dowell had a career year for the Warriors, rushing for 2,037 yards on 191 carries – a head-spinning average of 10.6 yards per carry – and scored 23 total touchdowns inn ine games played. Those numbers shattered the White County single-season rushing record, previously held by Dewayne Marcus, who rushed for 1,500 yards back in 1983. Dowell’s efforts helped lead the surging Warriors to their third consecutive five-win season in loaded Region 5-5A; unfortunately, their bid for the playoffs fell just short, although White County went toe-to-toe with every team who made the postseason out of the Region. The Warriors also beat rival, Cookeville, 41-13, for their first win in the series since 2013.
Dowell’s remarkable season has earned him several notable awards, including being named to the 2021 Class 5A State Coaches All-State Team, back on January 2. Dowell was also named the Region 5-5A Co-MVP by the region’s coaches, was named a semifinalist for the Class 5A Mr. Football award, and was also named the Middle Tennessee Athlete of the Week by the Tennessean during the season. With the 2021 season now in the rear-view, Dowell and his teammates will turn their focus on 2022.
Dowell had a season that will not only be remembered by himself and his teammates, but by Warrior fans, both young and old. Congratulations to the Warriors on a great football season.
(White County Principal Greg Wilson provided information for this article.)