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DAHLONEGA— Rivals games always bring out the most intense match-ups regardless of the records.  The Dawson-Lumpkin game proved that theory as the Tigers used three consecutive scores to break away from the Indians 42-21 on Friday night.  The victory keeps the Tigers perfect in Region 7AAA at 5-0, 7-2 overall, and will play Greater Atlanta Christian (8-1, 5-0) for the region title next week.  Lumpkin falls to 1-4, 1-8 on the season.

Dawson will play for their second 7AAA Title in three years.

Dawson’s Coey Watson racked up three rushing touchdowns and scored his 100th career rushing touchdown, plus added two more through the air.

After the Tigers took a 7-0 lead on a Watson 3-yard score, Lumpkin tied the game in the first on an impressive ground control drive that culminated with a Julian Haizen score.  Dawson responded to build a 21-7 halftime lead on a Watson 1-yard run and a Watson-to-Ryan Glass pass.

The Indians opened the second half by executing a successful onside kick and converting into a Connor Woodham 13 yard rushing score, 21-14 Dawson.

Dawson then rolled off three consecutive scores, a Watson 13-yard run, with a failed PAT, a Sevaughn Clark one-yard score, plus a Watson 2-point PAT, and closed with a Watson-to-Glass 42 yard strike to take control 42-14.

Evan Abernathy added Lumpkin’s final score with 40 seconds remaining.

Watson finished the night going 10-13-0 through the air for 201 yards and two touchdowns, plus another 52 on the ground off nine carries and the three scores. Clark compiled another strong night with 142 yards off 13 carries.  Glass finished the game with 175 receiving yards on five catchers.

For the Indians, Abernathy ran from 106 yards on 10 carries.  Woodham and Haizen added 89 and 59 rushing yards, respectfully.

When asked about Watson’s performance, Dawson Coach Sid Maxwell said, “Coey is just a winner.  He’s not concerned about stats, it’s all about ‘team’ with him.  It’s great to have a player that is so humble.”

With Dawson’s upcoming match with GACS, Maxwell said “They are a very good team and we just have to execute the plan.”

Statistics (Unofficial)

Passing – Dawson: Watson 10-13-0 201 2 TDs. Lumpkin: Woodham 1-3-2

Rushing – Dawson: Clark 13-142 1-TD, Watson 9-52 3-TDs, Cameron 2-35, Rarick 2-3, Sonnelson 1-1. Lumpkin: Abernathy 10-106 1-TD, Woodham 14-89 1-TD, Hazen 17-64 1-TD, Smith 17-59, Chastain 2-14, Brown 2-1.

Receiving – Dawson: Glass 5-175 2-TDs, Baron 1-7, Thomas 1-5, Sonnelson 1-4, Hollaway 1-3, Cameron 1-1. Lumpkin: Hazen 1-18

 

 

 

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