Demery Hawkins was a dominating athlete for Toombs County High School in both football and wrestling from the fall of 2005 until the spring of 2009. Mark Stroud, his football head coach for his first three seasons, used to say that Demery could defend one side of the field. Hawkins was also a punishing runner and helped lead the Bulldogs to the Elite 8 during a seven-game winning streak in his senior season.
On the wrestling mat Demery made the finals all four years at state and won two state championships. After high school he played linebacker at Georgia Military and Shorter University setting school records and earning post season awards. On Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. Hawkins will be inducted into the Toombs County Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a football player Demery began making an impact at the elementary and middle school level. “We had Demery in elementary school in P.E. before I moved to middle school and I could see the athletic ability even then,” former Toombs County Middle School coach Randy Callahan said in an interview in 2012. “I noticed when we played games in elementary school how competitive he was and I new that was going to carry over to the football field and the other sports that he played. He was a very hard worked. He never complained about anything you asked him to do. He gave 100% on every assignment in practice and in games.”
Hawkins excelled on both sides of the line of scrimmage as a Bullpup. ” Offensively, he was virtually unstoppable. I saw him many times where we had missed blocks and he would break two, three and four tackles and turn what should have been no gain and maybe even a lost into anywhere between a 10 and 20-yard gain and sometimes even breaking it for a touchdown. He was unblockable on defense. We could put him anywhere along the defensive line or at linebacker and we were solid at that position,” coach Callahan added.
“Demery Hawkins, wow,” those were the first three words out of Shane Williamson’s mouth when asked about coaching him as a senior Toombs County Bulldog. “One of the tougher guys that I ever coached because he never came off the field. He never asked to come off. You could never tell if he was hurt. For a guy to play linebacker and tailback and tote the ball 25 or 35 times a game. He was on about every special team. He was the type of player you want to coach because it is easy to coach kids like that because you know you are going to get 110%.”
Listen to a Y-101 salute to Demery Hawkins
In Demery’s senior season he was named the Region 3 AA Defensive Player of the Year and he was selected first team All-State by the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He also played in the GACA All-Star Game in Columbus.
Demery helped lead the Bulldogs on an exciting seven game winning streak that clinched a playoff birth and the Dawgs won two games to make the Elite 8.
While beating Laney, Dodge County, Bleckley County, Vidalia and Swainsboro in the regular season and SW Macon and Cook County in the playoffs, Hawkins was a workhorse on offense and a hard hitting stopper on defense.
I-Dawgs grind out Big Win at Laney
In one week and only four practices, the Toombs County Bulldogs successfully transformed themselves offensively from a spread to an I-formation team and the end result was a 14-10 win at Laney High School in Augusta. The tailbacks scored both of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns. Demery Hawkins crossed the goal line on a two-yard run to put Toombs County up 7-3 at halftime. Demery kept that drive alive by running 35-yards on a fake punt.
Bulldogs win homecoming game 32-7
The Toombs County Bulldogs celebrated their homecoming game by scoring five rushing touchdowns and playing tough, hard-nosed defense in a 32-7 win over Dodge County. Demery Hawkins led the Dawgs on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Hawkins scored on a 55-yard touchdown run with 3:13 in the first half and he was a menace on defense.
“No Quit” Dawgs are going to the playoffs
I-Dawgs outscore throwing Tigers
The Toombs County Bulldogs trailed Swainsboro 16-7 at half and 24-14 with 4:28 to play in the third quarter. However, the “No Quit” Dawgs rallied and scored 22 fourth quarter points in a 43-30 win that secured third place in Region 3 and a trip to the playoffs. Senior tailback Demery Hawkins scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
Bulldogs Make History in Macon
Two fourth quarter TD’s send Dawgs to 2nd round
The Toombs County Bulldogs made school history thanks to two fourth quarter touchdowns and a 13-0 first round state playoff victory over Southwest Macon at Henderson Stadium in Macon. The road playoff victory was the first in Toombs County High School history and the first for a Bulldog team since Lyons Senior High did it back in the 1975 state championship season.
The two running teams played three scoreless quarters prior to the Bulldogs taking a 6-0 lead just four seconds into the fourth quarter on a one-yard TD leap by quarterback C.J. Scott. Demery Hawkins, who ran for 210 yards on 28 carries, broke away on a 68-yard run that set up his five-yard run with 9:18 to play to give the Bulldogs a two-score advantage.
Bulldogs’ post season party continues
4th quarter Dawgs comeback and beat Cook
In what is becoming a regular routine, the Toombs County Bulldogs won their third straight elimination game in the fourth quarter. The Dawgs, who trailed Cook County 7-6 with 10:43 to play in the game, rallied with two fourth quarter touchdowns to win their second round state playoff game 19-7 in a cold Pit in Lyons.
The Bulldogs for the second straight week found themselves in a scoreless game at half. Toombs County finally put some points on their scoreboard with 9:12 remaining in the third quarter on a Demery Hawkins touchdown run.
Lonzo Skinner put the Bulldogs up for good on a 44-yard run from his wingback position with 4:44 to go and then Hawkins, who picked off his first pass of the season, scored his second touchdown on a nine-yard run with 2:43 left in the game.
In February of 2009 Hawkins signed with Georgia Military College and he played two seasons of junior college ball before moving on to Shorter where he left a legacy while following in the footsteps of Logan Lollis- another former Toombs County Bulldog.
NAIA All-America Team
Demery Hawkins 2011
Mid-South Conference West Division Player of the Year
Demery Hawkins 2011
Demery Hawkins 2010
National Christian College Athletic Association (2012-2015)
Demery Hawkins 2012
Shorter School Records
Most tackles in a season
Logan Lollis 113 tackles in 2008
Demery Hawkins 110 tackles in 2011
Tackles for Loss (Season)
Demery Hawkins 18.0 2012
Jevaris Jones 16.0 2016
Logan Lollis 13.5 2009
Tackles for Loss (Career)
Logan Lollis 34.5 2006-2009
Demery Hawkins 31.0 2011-2012
Demery plays in All-Star Game
Former Toombs County Bulldog Demery Hawkins, who wrapped up his collegiate career at Shorter in November, played for the Texas squad in the Texas versus the Nation All-Star Football Game in McAllan, Texas. Fox Sports Southwest aired the game live and The Nation team was a 24-13 winner.
Demery played on a team that included players from FCS teams like Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Miami, Arkansas and Wisconsin and against a squad featuring players from USC, Michigan, Penn State, Florida and Kentucky. “It was a pretty good experience going up against different colleges,” said Hawkins. “You had to play at a fast pace because the competition was very good. I played fast and down hill and showed some good speed.”
Hawkins played middle linebacker in a 4-4 scheme and he played every other series. “I made some big plays at linebacker at the line of scrimmage that turned the game around a little bit. I had a tackle in the backfield. This guy was trying to block me and I went over the top and in to the hole and made the tackle,” said Hawkins, who led Shorter in tackles in each of the two seasons he played at the both the NAIA and Division II levels.
In the week leading up to the game Demery had team meetings, took the NFL Wonderlic test and met with scouts from different NFL teams. “We met with a bunch of scouts, all of the NFL scouts were there. It was like job interview. They asked you a bunch of questions about your life, how you are doing in school and about what you played in high school.”
Demery ends college career with GSC win
Former Toombs County Bulldog Demery Hawkins wrapped up his collegiate career with an eight- tackle effort and a 32-21 home win over Delta State. The victory was the second straight for the Hawks over a Gulf South Conference opponent. Shorter, which moved from NAIA to Division 2 and the GSC this season, beat West Georgia 24-20 the week before, in Carrollton, for the school’s first conference victory.
Demery, who spent two seasons at Georgia Military College, was the Hawks’ leading tackler for the second straight season. Hawkins had 75 total tackles including 49 solo’s and 3 1/2 sacks. He had 11 against West Georgia, 10 versus Valdosta and nine at Newberry. Shorter finished the season with a 6-5 record.
Demery Hawkins the wrestler
Demery Hawkins, who made the finals four straight years, won his second state title by wrestling a smooth, efficient match and he defeated Jefferson’s Patrick Allen 12-4.