DAWSONVILLE – The Dawson versus Fannin series has seemed to have some quirky outcomes over the years. There was nothing quirky in this match-up that went the Tigers (5-2, 3-0) direction in the 43-3 dismantling of the Rebels.
The Tiger’s efficiently raced out to a 22-0 first quarter lead to take control of any momentum Fannin may have entered Tiger stadium with. The game plan went sour for Fannin on the opening drive as linebacker Scott Smith intercepted the Rebs to give Dawson the possession at the 19-yardling. Throughout the evening, the Tiger line controlled trenches on both sides of the possessions. Coey Watson picked up the first of his two rushing scores on a one-yard run with 8:11 on the first quarter clock. Ryan Glass would sweep in the two point conversion to put Dawson up 8-0
After forcing Fannin 3-and-out on the their next possession, Watson connected with Ryan Glass on a 47-yard strike less than two minutes later to extend the lead to 15-0 after the Peyton Allen PAT. With 26-seconds remaining in the opening frame, Watson would rush in from the one-yardline to cap a 77-yard drive and build the first quarter, 22-0 blowout score.
Sevaughn Clark, 17 carries for 180 yards, would end an 81 yard drive in the second quarter with a 14-yard coast to pay-dirt with 2:16 remaining in the half. Allen’s third PAT set up the 29-0 halftime lead.
If the 29-point deficit wasn’t enough for Fannin, the swarming Tiger defense eclipsed any Rebel opportunities as Dawson stopped Fannin on downs at the Tiger 19 and would end their final first half drive with a Logan Barnes interception. Over the three 7AAA games, the Tiger first string defense has allowed only one touchdown with the opponents only scoring in the closing minutes of the game.
Fannin opened the second half by recovering an onside kick, but the Tiger defense rose up again, forcing the Rebs behind the sticks and got 3-and-out, again.
Dawson would build the lead to 43-0 by the end of the third quarter on a pair of long distance scores. The first was when Watson continued his efficient passing evening, 8-11-0 158 yards, by connecting with senior Chandler Cain for a 72 yard score. Clark would get his second rushing score by breaking away on an 81 yard sprint to the end zone to end a one-play drive.
Fannin would add their only score with a 38-yard Alex White field goal.
Dawson will look to remain perfect in 7AAA play as they host a potent offense in East Hall. The Tiger defense is allowing only 15 points per game as the Vikings were posting 54-points per game before being shutout 59-0 by GACS before this week’s off week. With that loss, East Hall is still averaging 46 ppg. The Viking defense has been porous at times, allowing 37 ppg. Entering the match-up, Dawson is averaging 31 ppg, but is trending northward as they are posting 42 per game over their last four.
Passing – Dawson: Watson 8-11-0 158 2TDs, Herndon 2-3-0 4; Fannin – Smith 20-40-2 120
Rushing – Dawson: Clark 17-180 2TDs, Watson 8/21 2TDs, Rarick 6-32, Thomas 5-30, Herndon 2-11, Barron 1-9, Glass 1-3, Cameron 1-3. Fannin: 21-87.