DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Dawson County hasn’t had much luck in its short football series against White County. The Tigers and Indians had squared off six times before Friday night and White County won five of those games. But luck didn’t enter the picture Friday as the Tigers put a convincing 46-0 whipping on the Indians in the Tigers homecoming game.
The offense worked methodically behind an all senior offensive line of Wyatt McMahon, Matt Stewart, Brice Henson, Tyler Womak and Keelan Kraus, scoring on its first three possessions.
Quarterback Coey Watson shredded the Warriors secondary, passing for more than 200 yards, including a 41-yard scoring strike to Austin Young in the third quarter. He also ran for a pair of touchdowns.
Meanwhile the Tigers showed they have a stable of talented running backs. Payton Myers, subbing for injured running back Taylor Cronan, ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns to spark the ground game. When Dawson County pulled the starters in the third quarter, senior Dennis King ripped off runs of 16 and 20 yards before scoring on a 1-yard run with 1:13 left in the third quarter.
On their first possession, the Tigers drove 80 yards in 11 plays with Myers getting the TD on a 5-yard run.
Defensive back Chance Armstrong set up the next score when he intercepted a pass at the Tigers 40 and returned it to the Warriors 42. Four plays later, Watson scored on a 2-yard run ran in with the 2-point conversion for a 15-0 lead.
The Tigers next scoring drive covered 70 yards in nine plays with Myers scoring his second touchdown on a 5-yard run and the route was on. Cole Dennis wrapped up the first half scoring by kicking a 17-yard field goal that gave Dawson County a 25-0 lead.
“We were solid all the way around tonight. We moved the ball and kept on attacking and just never took our foot off the gas.”
After White County went three and out on its first second-half possession, The Tigers cranked up another long scoring drive, moving 86 yards in 16 plays. Watson capped the drive with a 1-yard run.
White County ripped off a couple first downs on its next possession before Nate Umberger intercepted a pass from Kaleb Crane and returned it 39 yards to the Indians 41.
Watson then connected with Young on a 41-yard scoring strike that gave the Tigers a 39-0 lead with 4:06 left in the third quarter. At that point, Coach Sid Maxwell sent in his talented young reserves for mop up duty.
Maxwell said he was proud of his team’s effort. “They played their hearts out. There is no quit in these young men.”
The win marked the final non-region game of the season for Dawson County. The Tigers (2-1) travel to Gainesville next week to take on the North Hall Trojans in a Region 7-AAA game. White County (1-4) returns home to face Blessed Trinity.