The final game of the three game series between the Trojans of North Hall and the Tigers of Dawson was played at North Hall on Friday with the Tigers falling short in a 5 inning mercy rule game. The Trojans would take the sweep of the series.
The Trojan bats struck first in the bottom of the first with 3 runs and added 9 in the 2nd, 2 in the third and 4 in the fifth to take the GHSA mercy rule win in 5 innings over the Tigers of Dawson. For the Tigers, the offense wouldn’t give it and Dawson battled for 7 runs in the third to make it a 12- 7 game heading in to the bottom of the inning. North hall answered with 2 of their own to extend their lead to a 7 run margin. The tigers added 1 in the fifth to end their scoring on the day. To reach the 10 run requirement for the mercy rule, the Trojans added 4 in the bottom of the fifth to take the game and the series.
Dawson sent four Tigers to the mound on the day throwing 133 total pitches with 69 being strikes. Thirteen of the eighteen runs for the Trojans were earned and they had eight walks. The Tiger fielders committed 2 errors on the day but overall played a very solid game.
The Tigers regular season came to a close on Friday and the coaching staff are preparing to right the ship from a disappointing 10-17 season.
The Tigers of Dawson County hosted the Trojans of North Hall in Game 2 of the three game region series on Wednesday at the home of the Tigers. Dawson put one run up on the board on six hits in the game with 9 strikeouts. The Trojan hurler went all seven getting the complete game victory in a dominating performance.
The Tiger were held scoreless until the third. Palmer Sapp, 3-4 on the day, stepped to the plate with 2 outs and down by six to the Trojans. On a 1 ball and no strike count, Sapp took the North hall pithcer deep over the center field fence for a solo homerun for the only run in the game for Dawson. Only three other Tigers would reach base by hit. Hudson Sapp(1-2), Nathan Sorrells(1-3) and Hunter Barron added one hit each for Dawson.
Defensively for the Tigers, Palmer Sapp, Nathan Sorrells and Cameron Moore to the hill and in 7 innings the three combined for 16 hits, 10 runs all earned, 4 walks and had 8 strikeouts. Dawson played solid defense behind their hurlers committing only 1 error on the day. In the 10-1 win for the region champion Trojans, 6 runs in the third, 1 in the fourth, 2 in the sixth and 1 in the seventh. In the field, the Trojans committed no errors.
Next up for the Tigers will be a trip to North Hall on Friday to face the Trojans in game three of the series and last game of the regular season. Game time is set for 5:55 P.M.
The Dawson Tigers traveled to the northern side of Hall County on Monday to hit the diamond against a really good North Hall Trojan Baseball team. The Trojans, sitting atop the region and needing a victory to help clinch the region title, would not give up. The Tigers gave all they had but fell short at the hands of last inning rally by North Hall.
Dawson struck first putting a run on the board by way of a lead off walk by Hudson Sapp and was forced out at second base on a fielders choice. Brother and teammate Palmer Sapp reached on the fielders choice and advanced to second on a wild pitch , the to third on a sacrifice by Connor Bearden. Sapp scored on a passed ball by the Trojan catcher giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Dawson added single runs in the second and third innings as the Trojans put three of there on up in the bottom half of the second and one in the third to carry a 4-3 lead in to the top of the fourth inning. The bats for both teams were silent in the fifth setting up and exciting finish for the fans that gathered. In the top half of the sixth, Dawson struck for three runs on hits by Browning, Bo Lewis with a walk by T.J. Allen. The Trojans helped with the Tiger runs committing a couple of errors in the inning. The Tigers carried a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth and yet the Trojans didn’t lay down. North hall tied the score at six each with two doubles and a single in the inning. Going quietly in the top of the seventh, the Tigers and their fans were not ready for what was to happen next. With the opportunity to steal a victory, the Trojans needed one run and that they would get. Two singles and a sacrifice fly sealed the win in walk off fashion giving the Trojans the last inning win by a score of 7-6.
Next up for the Tigers of Dawson Co. will be at home as they face these same Trojans in game two of the three game series on Thursday.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Highly-motivated Lumpkin County is next up for Coach Sid Maxwell’s Dawson County Tigers and the Indians would like nothing better than to swing into Tiger Stadium Friday and upset the state’s No. 10-ranked Class AAA team.
Lumpkin County (4-4, 2-2) is still hoping to earn the second seed in the Region 7-AAA playoffs. They could achieve that with a win Friday should the Tigers lose to No. 1-ranked Greater Atlanta Christian next week.
But that is a very big mountain to climb. The Tigers (7-1, 4-0) are unbeaten at home this year and currently riding a five-game win streak. Since an early-season double overtime loss to West Hall, no has come within 14 points of beating Dawson County.
Coach Shane Williamson’s Indians feature a ground-and-pound offense led by a trio of good runners who average better than 6 yards per carry. Senior fullback Zach Matthews is the leading rusher with 1,152 yards and an average of 6.1 yards per carry. Running back Cole White is next, having rushed for 627 yards and an average of 7.5 yards per carry, followed by quarterback Chandler Woodham with 580 yards rushing and an average of 6.1 yards per carry.
But Lumpkin County appears to pass out of necessity. Woodham has a completion average of just 34.9 and has only passed for an average of 28.4 yards per game.
Dawson County should be a highly motivated bunch also. A victory sends the Tigers into a much-anticipated showdown with GAC next week for the Region 7-AAA championship in Tiger Stadium. And these Tigers have a lot of weapons on offense, defense and special teams.
Quarterback Coey Watson has amassed 1,756 yards in total offense and accounted for 24 touchdowns. Payton Myers has rushed for 452 yards and scored seven touchdowns.
The wide receivers are dangerous Austin Young, who averages 18.9 yards on 36 receptions and has scored seven touchdowns. Speedy Nick Murphy averages 16.2 yards per catch and has scored four touchdowns.
The Tigers defense is one of the region’s best. At East Hall last week, they turned in three goal line stands, holding the Vikings scoreless on three trips inside the 10-yard line. Linebacker Luke Martin is the ring leader. He has 121 total tackles for an average of 17.3 per game including 16 tackles for a loss. Defensive back Colin Glover averages 12.7 tackles per game and Jeremy Whalen averages 10.
Dawson County’s opponents are learning to kick the ball away from Kolton Brumbelow who has scored on kickoff returns of 95 and 99 yards.
Defeating Dawson County in Tiger Stadium may be too formidable a task for the Indians.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. — With Dawson County trailing 14-10, the Tigers’ Kolton Brumbelow took the second half kickoff at his own 1-yard line and streaked down the Tigers sideline on an electrifying 99-yard touchdown run that started a 35-point second half outburst and led to a 45-27 romp over host North Hall Friday.
Dawson County (3-1, 1-0) outscored the Trojans 10-0 in the first quarter on a Peyton Allen field goal and an 18-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Coey Watson to Nick Murphy.
But the second quarter belonged to North Hall (4-2, 1-1) as the Trojans rallied to a 14-10 lead. Junior Jack Brown accounted for both of North Hall’s first half touchdowns. He scored the first on an 8-yard run to cap a 72 yard scoring drive.
Cutter Sanford picked off a Watson pass and returned it to the Tigers 49 to set up the Trojans next score. This time, Brown bulled his way in from the 1 to stake North Hall to a 14-10 lead at halftime.
Whatever Coach Sid Maxwell said to his team at halftime was golden. Sparked by Brumbelow’s electrifying kickoff return to start the second half, the Tigers reeled off 35 straight points to put their Region 7-AAA opener away.
Watson completed 19 of 28 passes for 223 yards, including touchdown passes of 18 and 26 yards to Murphy.
Payton Myers had another good night running the ball. He rushed for 107 yards on 12 carries, including a 33-yard run.
Wide receiver Austin Young was the Tigers leading receiver with 7 catches for 86 yards.
The Tigers return home next Friday to play Union County. North Hall will host East Hall.
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.
The first place Dawson County Tigers hosted the Spencer Green Waves last Friday in the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs. Maxpreps had the Tigers as a 22 point favorite, but Spencer came to play. The Tigers defense was key in their 22-12 win.
Offensively, Dawson struggled at times, but also shined under sophomore QB Coey Watson. Watson has had a great year throwing for 1556 yards, 12 TD and a 81.5% QB rating. He has also rushed for 346 yards on 112 carries and 8 touchdowns, one for 100+ yards. Not bad for his first year on varsity. The Tigers are making history under Coach Sid Maxwell. This is the first winning season since 2012 (6-5) and only the second since 2005 (7-3). This is also the first time the Tigers have won a Region Championship. The Tigers only region loss this year was to Fannin, but they bounced back and used the loss to propel them to this historical season.
Senior Hunter Mitchell and Watson have a combined total of 1116 yards of the teams 1701 yards, 7 – 100+ yards runs and 17 touchdowns of the teams 21. They have been the workhorses of the Tigers, but without an offensive line none of that would happen.
Defensively the Tigers have also been juggernauts on the field. Combining for 100 solo tackles out of the 149 total tackles, averaging 14.9 per game and 11 sacks for a loss of 62 yards.
The Dawson County Tigers (9-3) host the Blessed Trinity Titans (11-0-1) this Friday at Tigers Stadium. The Titans are coming off a win over Jefferson, 38-12. They are lead by senior RB/CB Milton Shelton who has amassed 1504 rushing yards on 180 carries, avg. 136.7 per game and 23 TDs. The team averages 131.8 passing YPG, 229.1 rushing YPG, and have used five different QBs this season. Senior Conor Davis (QBR-116.7) being the main goto guy having thrown for 1314 passing yards on 124 attempts.
I had the pleasure of talking with Coach Maxwell prior to last Fridays game. (Checkout entire Interview here).