DAWSONVILLE – When you look at last week’s stats for the Dawson County Tigers, you’ll see offensive production wasn’t a problem – scoring was, however.
Last week against Forsyth Central, the Tigers had no problem moving the ball against the Class AAAAAAA opponent. They rack up more than 350 yards of total offense and nine points – all field goals.
Penalties were an issue – almost 100 yards of them – some deep in Central territory. Nonetheless, the Tigers picked up win No. 1 of the 10-game grind.
This week, they’ll face Class AA opponent Chattooga – a team the Tigers beat 30-8 last year in Summerville. Chattooga fell last week to Fort Payne, AL, 30-28.
Chattooga is coming off the program’s most successful season in 2016 with an 8-5 record and a state play-off berth.
This season, with five returning starters, the Indians are counting on their defense to lead the way.
Watch out for Quintell Price, Luis Medina on the line with T.J Adams. Malachi Mack and Jackson Lowenberg at outside LB; Troy Worsham in the middle and Montavius Shropshire in the secondary.
The offense will be mostly new, with only two returning starters. With the loss of Isaiah and Isaac Foster in the backfield, the Indians will look to Devin Price, Dee Price and Jamarious Mostellar to fill the void.
C.J. Martin moved over from WR to start at QB for the Indians. He has a good arm and his size will give him the ability to see the field. (6-2, 220). They’ll also count on his size and speed to run the football as well.
Dustin Pope also returns to the offensive line this season to be its leader.
If the Tigers are to roll past Chattooga this week, the offense will have to produce more than just yards. Can Sr. QB Coey Watson repeat last week’s rushing performance with an on target passing game? Rushing, yes. The passing game still has a big question mark.
Will Jr. RB Vaughn Clark have a big game out of the backfield. Last week, he looked best between the tackles. The stretch game just wasn’t there.
Defensively, the Tigers’ defensive line looked good most of the game. The DB coverage was a little soft, allowing Forsyth Central to complete the dink and dunk passes. This week, they’ll be put to the test again. The DL can get the job done, but can the secondary?
The Tigers are still reloading this team and, as usual, there’s still a few question marks. If the scoreboard lights up with TDs Friday, the Tigers should be 2-0 by 10 p.m. Friday night.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.