Confidence flows through Mahomet-Seymour QB Finch

Confidence flows through Mahomet-Seymour QB Finch

MAHOMET — Dawson Finch knows there's room for improvement.

Entering his second season under center for Mahomet-Seymour football, he's not afraid to point out his own flaws. Nor does he think twice about offering vocal advice to his teammates.

The latter element was on display Monday afternoon at the Bulldogs' first official practice of the 2018 campaign. During hand-off drills, Finch was quick to direct those around him to more specific locations if he saw something that didn't quite click.

"Definitely, one of my goals is to always be a leader on and off the field," the M-S senior said. "My friends always say I've got a good voice and (that) I can project really well, so I like to say that I'm a good leader."

This is just one of many areas in which Finch has been able to hone his craft as a result of starting at quarterback for last year's Bulldogs, who posted a 6-4 record and a ninth postseason appearance in coach Keith Pogue's 10 seasons.

Finch, for his part, completed 76 of 200 passes with 893 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He feels his future play — and the program's results — will benefit from more than just his own work this summer as well.

Rejoining Finch on the offensive side for M-S are seniors Jordan Veldman, Dylan Gates and Connor Thomason, all of whom played a significant role in the Bulldogs' point-scoring efforts last year.

Veldman averaged 6.3 yards per carry, while Gates ended at 3.4. The above trio also combined for 37 receptions and three touchdowns.

"We're still a throwing team, still out of the gun," Finch said. "But I would say what will change is we have a lot more skill guys that can do a lot more stuff. I think we have a lot of depth at the receiver and running back spots to make some plays."

Another difference from 2017 is who will feed Finch the plays. Michael Burner, a 2007 M-S alumnus, has stepped in as offensive coordinator. The transition has been smooth, as Finch describes the pair possessing "a really good connection and a good friendship."

Finch also is pleased with what he's seen from the boys up front ahead of the Bulldogs' Aug. 24 opener at Washington.

"I think last year, I would run out of the pocket too much," Finch said. "My goal this year is to sit in the pocket and trust my offensive line more because they've been putting in a lot of work, and I trust they can do big things for us this year."

Finch feels similarly about M-S' chances in the challenging Apollo Conference, which the Bulldogs emerged from with a 4-2 ledger in their inaugural slate.

Installing a confident, second-year starting quarterback could push M-S to even greater heights over the next few months.

"I'm definitely not going to be as nervous as I was last year," Finch said. "I know last year, being a junior having to lead the seniors, now this year I'm a senior having to lead the juniors. So it's a really good situation to be in."

Mahomet-Seymour's 2018 schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME

Aug. 24 at Washington 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 vs. Charleston 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 at Mascoutah 7 p.m.

Sept. 14 vs. Taylorville 7 p.m.

Sept. 21 at Mattoon 7 p.m.

Sept. 28 vs. Effingham 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 at Mt. Zion 7 p.m.

Oct. 12 at Lincoln 7 p.m.

Oct. 19 vs. Macomb 7 p.m.

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