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GC Football: Dawson's Hastin Easley and Colby Springer sign with Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mar. 21—DAWSON — Hastin Easley and Colby Springer are the kind of athletes who have such a dramatic and unforgettable impact on an athletic program that it's impossible to realize how much they will be missed until they're gone.

They're almost out the door, and headed to bright futures.

Easley and Springer signed letters of intent, accepting football scholarships Wednesday morning to Mary Hardin-Baylor, where they will no doubt have a huge impact on the tradition-rich football program.

They left a legacy in their wake and a highlight tape for the ages, soaring and scoring and leaving defenders in the dust under Friday Night Lights and on the basketball court at Dawson, where they did it all.

Easley was the heartbeat for a brilliant Dawson football team that won nine games and advanced in the Class 2A playoffs every year he played. Easley made 42 receptions for 772 yards to lead the Golden Circle in 2023, but no numbers can detail the highlight tape of amazing catches Easley soared and dived to make in his career at Dawson.

He not only was a highlight tape receiver, Easley we was a fast, fierce unrelenting tackler on defense at linebacker and he also punted for Dawson — and was a leader on and off the field.

When Easley wasn't making spectacular receptions, he was leading the Dawson defense, where he made 86 tackles as a missile-seeking linebacker, including 18 tackles for losses and three sacks. He caused four fumbles and recovered three fumbles and had a nose for the big play and the heart to make it.

Easley had a remarkable senior season at Dawson, where he was named to the All-District First-Team on offense at wide receiver, First-Team defense at linebacker and First-Team on Special Teams as a punter.

His almost-unheard of combination on the gridiron earned him the top prize in the Golden Circle when he was the named the Co-winner of the 2023 Golden Circle Del Thrash Award, given to the top football player of the year.

Springer was a flash in the night every Friday evening in one now-you-see him, now-you-don't performance after another for Dawson's Bulldog football team.

He was simply spectacular with the ball in his hands, fast, tough, elusive and thrilling to watch — the kind of running back every coach dreams of having in his backfield.

If you gave him a step, or a sliver of daylight, Springer was gone like a breath of fresh air that comes from nowhere and disappears even faster.

He left defenders in his wake every week, and ripped off 2,077 yards and 23 touchdowns in just 11 games, running away (literally) as the No. 1 rusher in the Golden Circle, averaging 173.1 yards a game.

Springer averaged 10.7 yards per carry for the season and would have had even more had he not stopped in the end zone after scoring and leaving countless defenders far behind. He scored 23 times and almost always found the end zone all alone — just a treasure to watch every Friday night.

Of course, he also played defense and was an All-District defensive back as well as the top running back in the Golden Circle — a hard-hitting, smothering defensive back and devastating two-way star.

Easley and Springer also were two of the best basketball players in the Golden Circle, a pair of three-year starters who — along with Elijah Allen — helped lead Dawson to 62 victories over the past three seasons — an unheard feat at Dawson, where the Bulldog basketball program has never been better.

Easley was one of the top defenders and rebounders in the Golden Circle and averaged 14.6 points a game while earning the Golden Circle's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Springer ran the court at point guard and was the glue in the backcourt that held Dawson's offense together. He averaged 10.4 points a game while doing all the little things that make an offense hum.

Try as hard as you can, it will be impossible for Dawson fans to forget Easley and Springer ...