CUMMING – The recent success of the Dawson County Tiger (1-0) football team has primarily attributed to racking up points on the board. Friday night’s 9-0 victory over the Forsyth Central Bulldogs (0-1) was led by a tenacious defensive performance by the Tigers, combined with three Peyton Allen field goals, and a second half clock consuming offensive output.
Friday night’s shutout is the most points in a Tiger victory without scoring a touchdown.
The Tiger defense forced eight Bulldog punts while intercepting Central on their first and last possessions of the opening game for both teams. Likewise, the Dawson offense struggled to reach the endzone, but was able to grind out 327 yards on the ground.
On Central’s opening possession, Zac Baloga tipped a Bulldog pass that led to a pick by defensive end T.J. Wilson. Baloga’s provided constant pressure on the Central backfield and yielded five tackles. On the night, the defense sacked Central four times by Baloga, Taylor Swofford and twice by Logan Brumbelow.
On the Tigers’ initial possession they marched down field, but a Coey Watson pass to the endzone was picked at the one-yardline.
Dawson was able to break the scoreless game in the second quarter on a drive that stalled in the redzone, but Allen would hit a 29-yard field goal with 7:19 remaining in the half. The Tigers followed that drive with Allen’s second score, a 36-yarder at the 3:24 mark to set the halftime score at 6-0.
The game’s final score would come on the opening possession of the second half with another drive that stalled in the redzone, but Allen would convert for a third time from 22 yards out and build the lead to 9-0 with 9:16 remaining in the third.
The Tigers maintained constant defensive pressure and combined that with a strong, clock burning rushing attack by Watson and junior running back SeVaughn Clark. The duo ended the night with 187 yards and 103 yards rushing, respectfully.
Central assembled a threat in the closing minutes to potentially set up a game winning situation, but senior Jason Velasquez picked off a pass at the four yardline and returned it to the Tiger 30 which allowed Dawson to run down the clock.
Dawson opens their home schedule Friday, September 1 as they host Chattooga. Chattooga fell 30-28 to Fort Payne, AL in their opener. NGSL will air the game at 5:45PM on Friday with a 7:30PM kickoff.
- Q2 7:19 Dawson: Allen 39-yd FG DC 3 FC 0
- Q2 3:24 Dawson: Allen 36-yd FG DC 6 FC 0
- Q3 9:16 Dawson: Allen 22-yd FG DC 9 FC 0
- Passing: Watson 4-11-1 29 yards
- Receiving: Glass 2-13, Thomas 2-9, Bearden 1-7
- Rushing: Watson 21-187, Clark 21-103, Thomas 7-37
- Tackles (leaders): Brock 8, Barnes 7, Brumbelow 6 (2 sacks), Baloga 5 (1 sack)
- Interceptions: Wilson (1), Velasquez (1)