DAWSONVILLE – The Dawson County Tigers (6-2, 4-0) continued their dominance over East Hall with a 56-48 shoot-out win at TIger Stadium.
It was the Tigers 10th win in 12 meetings against East Hall.
As usual, both teams never go away in this series, especially over the five years. Friday night was no exception, as East Hall rallied from 14 down to have a shot to tie the game on the final play. What the score didn’t tell was a three hour, 39-minute game duration that produced over 350 yards in penalties (Dawson 14-179, East Hall 19-185).
With the win, the Tigers remain in contention with GACS for the Region 7-AAA title, plus garnered Head Coach Sid Maxwell’s 150th career victory.
The game started out slow with stellar quarterbacks both throwing interceptions off a tipped ball on each opening possessions (Tiger interception by Shawn Thomas). After the sluggish start, Dawson drove 98 yards for the first of Coey Watson’s five TDs, this one from one yard out. Peyton Allen nailed the first of his five PAT kicks to put Dawson up 7-0. The drive would also yield another Tiger milestone as Junior running back Sevauhn Clark would surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the season. Clark finished the night with another outstanding rushing performance with 237 yards
The second half saw the offensive action heat up as the Tigers scored two more times off a one-yard run by Watson and a 19-yard burst by Clark. Each time, however, East Hall answered, producing the 21-21 halftime score.
Dawson regained the scoreboard edge after the Vikings fumbled on their initial second-half possession. Watson rambled for a 24 yard score. Invariably, every time Dawson would put Watson in the end zone, Vikings rallied with a tying score.
It appeared that the Tigers were going to pull away as a Watson hit Ethan Cameron with 52-yard touchdown pass with 8:39 remaining in the game, giving Dawson a 49-35 lead.
After a Viking answer, Dawson ended a 43-yard drive with a score. This one started after the Tigers recovered a Viking onside kick. Clark finished it with a 9-yard TD run with 81-seconds left, giving the Tigers a 56-42 lead.
The Vikings relentless pursuit continued once again, however. The Vikings answered with an efficient 74-yard drive, closing the gap to 56-48 with 44-seconds left. The Vikings 2-point try was unsuccessful.
The Vikings relentless pursuit of victory continued on the ensuing kickoff. East Hall executed – perfect onside kick to gain possession with seconds remaining. The Vikings drove down to the Tiger 8-yard line with 5 seconds remaining. The tying score attempt was unsuccessful as Watson, who entered the game to play a defensive back, intercepted the final East Hall play.
Dawson travels to Lumpkin County Friday. The game can be heard on both NGSL channels with pre-game starting at 5:45PM.
Dawson 7 14 14 21 56
East Hall 0 21 7 20 48
Q1 2:05 Dawson: Watson 1yd run; Allen PAT 7-0
Q2 11:52 EHall: Parker-Morse 11yd pass; Callahan PAT 7-7
Q2 10:34 Dawson: Watson 1yd run; Allen PAT 14-7
Q2 4:11 EHall: Parker-Brock 11yd pass; Callahan PAT 14-14
Q2 3:02 Dawson: Clark 19yd run; Allen PAT 21-14
Q2 0:21 EHall: Harrison 1yd run; Callahan PAT 21-21
Q3 7:41 Dawson: Watson 24yd run; Allen PAT 28-21
Q3 3:32 EHall: Parker-Harrison 25yd pass; Callahan 28-28
Q3 0:54 Dawson: Watson 1yd run; Allen PAT 35-28
Q4 11:24 EHall: Parker-Randall 29yd pass; Callahan PAT 35-35
Q4 8:39 Dawson: Watson 12yd run; Allen PAT 42-35
Q4 5:21 Dawson: Watson-Cameron 52yd pass; Allen 49-35
Q4 2:36 EHall: Parker-Morse 15 yd pass; Callahan PAT 49-42
Q4 1:21 Dawson: Clark 9yd run; Allen PAT 56-42
Q4 0:44 EHall: Parker 2yd run; PAT pass failed 46-48
Passing – Dawson: Watson 5-8-1 116 1TD; EHall: Parker 27-53-2 536 5TDs
Rushing – Dawson: Clark 31-237 2TDs (1193 on season), Watson 15-151 5 TDs, Cameron 5-36, Rarick 3-13; EHall: Parker 18-98 1TD, Harrison 15-52 1TD
Receiving – Dawson: Cameron 2-58 1TD, Glass 1-27, Baron 1-17, Browning 1-4; EHall: Morse 9-123 1TD, Brock 5-68 2TDs, Harrison 5-53 1TD, Ellison 3-55, Prather 2-53, Randal 1-29 1TD, Staudemeir 1-8.