Dawson Co. defeats White Co. to open region play

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (2-3, 1-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the White Co. Warriors (4-1, 0-1 Region 7-3A) 42-35 on Friday night in Dawsonville. Despite the constant rain throughout the game, neither team struggled to make big plays.

Junior Zach Holtzclaw threw six touchdowns in the game for the Tigers. Receivers Dakohta Sonnichsen and Tyler Lane each connected with Holtzclaw twice for touchdowns.

Tyler Lane catching the first of his two touchdowns.

Both teams got off to slow starts to the game. Dawson Co. received the first possession, but the teams traded a pair of 3 and outs before a bad punt by White Co. gave the Tigers excellent starting field position. They capitalized on it quickly as Holtzclaw found Lane for a 34-yard touchdown to give Dawson Co. the first points of the game late in the first quarter. The teams traded 3 and outs again before senior J Ben Haynes found his receiver for a huge 48-yard gain. However, the Warriors couldn’t move the ball into the endzone and faked a field goal attempt that gave the ball back to Dawson Co.

The Tigers reversed the field quickly on a 74-yard run by Isaiah Grindle. Shortly after, Holtzclaw found junior Conley Dyer for a 21-yard touchdown to extend their lead early in the second quarter. White Co. found life on an 80-yard kick return by Cannon to start the drive in the redzone. However, the Warriors again couldn’t finish the drive with a touchdown as junior Braedon Hubbard intercepted a 4th down pass to get the ball back for the Tigers. Junior Riley Turner got the ball right back for the Warriors by intercepting a pass on the next drive. Cannon used the interception to score a 64-yard touchdown to get the Warriors on the board late in the first half. Dawson Co. was able to strike back quickly on a 63-yard touchdown to Sonnichsen less than a minute later. White Co. finally found life in their offense and continued that momentum. Cannon had another big play on a 32-yard reception that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Haynes that made the halftime score 21-14 in favor of the Tigers.

White Co. picked up right where they left off to start the second half. Senior Cooper Turner had a 38-yard reception that set up a 33-yard touchdown run by junior Silas Mulligan. The Warrior defense built off the touchdown as senior Jesse Moose intercepted a pass to get White Co. the ball back. With Haynes going down on the ensuing drive, Stancil stepped in and delivered the Warriors their first lead of the game on a 12-yard touchdown run. Dawson Co. fought back on the next drive, as Holtzclaw got the ball to his playmakers before eventually finding Lane for his second touchdown of the game. The Tigers’ defense stepped up this time as they set their offense up with great field position after a fake punt by White Co. Holtzclaw found Sonnichsen quickly for a 42-yard touchdown to get Dawson Co. the lead back late in the 3rd quarter.

The Tigers celebrating Conley Dyer’s touchdown.

Mulligan started off the next Warriors’ drive with a 28-yard run to swing the momentum back to the Warriors. Stancil built off of the big play with a 19-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 35 early in the fourth quarter. Grindle returned the kickoff to midfield, but the Tigers couldn’t capitalize on the field position. They attempted a fake punt of their own, but a fumble gave White Co. excellent field position for their next drive. Mulligan powered his way through the Tigers’ defense to get his team down to the goal line. However, Dawson Co. was able to recover a fumble on the 3-yard line to swing the momentum back in their favor. The Tigers struggled to move the ball to begin the drive. Holtzclaw made two huge throws on third down. The first was a 17-yard pass to Sonnichsen to get his team some breathing room. The next was a pass to sophomore Jaden Gibson that turned into a 77-yard touchdown for the Tigers to give them the 42-35 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the game. White Co. reached deep into their back of tricks on the next drive. A double reverse set up a long run by Cannon to get White Co. past midfield. The Tiger defense stepped up one last time. After a sack on third down, Gibson sealed the game with an interception to get Dawson Co. possession of the ball and the victory.

Dawson Co. returns to action in two weeks as they host Gilmer high school at 7:30 p.m.


Dawson Co. falls to South Forsyth 63-49 in thriller

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The Dawson Co. Tigers lost on Friday night to the South Forsyth War Eagles in Dawsonville. The Tigers showed plenty of heart playing against a 7A school. Despite being down three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Dawson Co. fought back and had an opportunity to tie the game in the closing seconds. Jaden Gibson had an incredible game as he had four receiving touchdowns and made plenty of plays on defense.

The Tigers celebrating Tyler Lane’s touchdown.

The first quarter was filled with big plays for both teams. After a 3 and out from the War Eagles, the Tigers had a strong drive. However, Caleb Bonesteel’s field goal attempt to give Dawson Co. the first points of the game was blocked by South Forsyth. The War Eagles took advantage of the special teams play and scored the first touchdown of the game after a few big plays. A little over a minute later, the Tigers had a big play of their own. Junior Zach Holtzclaw connected with Tyler Lane on a 51-yard touchdown to tie the game at seven. On the ensuing drive, South Forsyth used a 70-yard pass to set up a 20-yard touchdown that allowed them to regain the lead. 14 seconds later, and the game was tied again after Isaiah Grindle returned the kickoff for a touchdown that was capped off by a mean stiff arm. The big plays didn’t stop there, as the War Eagles scored on their first play of the next drive on an 84-yard touchdown as they led 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.

The result of a stiff arm by Isaiah Grindle that capped off a kickoff return for a touchdown.

The second quarter didn’t start off well for the Tigers. A South Forsyth punt that pinned the Tigers at their own 1-yard line resulted in a safety for the War Eagles to put them up 23-14. The Tiger defense held up strong and forced a punt, this time pinning them at their own 5-yard line. After three plays, the Tigers had a 4th and one from their own 14. They tried to run the ball up the middle, but they weren’t able to convert. However, the defense held up strong once again, holding the War Eagles to a field goal. Attempting to gain all momentum, South Forsyth tried an onside kick that Dawson Co. recovered. The excellent field position helped set up a 10-yard touchdown reception by Gibson. The Tigers trailed 26-21 at halftime.

The Dawson Co. offense struggled again to open the second half. On their first drive, Holtzclaw threw a pick six. After scoring on a 2-point conversion, the War Eagles led 34-21. The Tigers couldn’t get anything going on the following drive, but South Forsyth had another strong drive that finished with a rushing touchdown. After another 2-point conversion, they led 42-21 halfway through the third quarter. Dawson Co. still didn’t give up and had a strong drive and Gibson scored his second touchdown on a 30-yard reception.

A few Tigers teaming up to tackle a South Forsyth player.

The War Eagle offense stayed hot. They scored another touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to take a 49-28 lead. Yet again, Dawson Co. had an answer. After another strong drive, Gibson had an 18-yard touchdown reception to make the score 49-35. The Tigers couldn’t recover the onside kick, but Dakohta Sonnichsen was able to recover a fumble to get his team the ball back. Sophomore Nic Baloga scored on a 14-yard touchdown run to make it a one possession game. South Forsyth was able to cut a lot of time off the clock before they scored their next touchdown. They ran in a 2-yard touchdown with 2:32 remaining in the final quarter. The Tigers turned the ball over on downs the following possession, but they were able to force a quick 3-and-out to get the ball back. They drove down the field quickly and found Gibson for his fourth and final touchdown of the game on a 16-yard reception that made the score 56-49 with 1:14 remaining. The onside kick attempt by Bonesteel had a perfect bounce that allowed Sonnichsen to recover the ball at the Dawson Co. 40-yard line. They marched down the field quickly, and got down to the 2-yard line with 30 seconds remaining. On a pass attempt to the endzone, the ball was intercepted by the War Eagles and returned for a touchdown that sealed the game. The final score was 63-49.

The Tigers play again next Friday as they travel to play at Northview high school in Johns Creek.

Dawson Co. falls to Flowery Branch 45-42

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The Dawson Co. Tigers lost to the Flowery Branch Falcons 45-42 on Friday night in Dawsonville. The Tigers played well in a back and forth affair, but couldn’t get the job done in the end. They had strong performances from a number of players, including junior quarterback #10 Zach Holtzclaw, who threw for five touchdowns.

Junior #10 Zach Holtzclaw, who threw for 5 touchdowns in the game.

The Falcons struck first by scoring a touchdown on their first drive. Dawson Co. struck back quickly on a touchdown reception by #88 Tyler Lane in the back of the endzone. After getting a stop, the Tigers scored again seven seconds into the second quarter on an 11-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Jaden Gibson. Flowery Branch hit a field goal on the ensuing drive to make the score 13-10. Senior Isaiah Grindle extended the Tigers’ lead to 20-10 halfway through the second quarter on a screen pass that turned into a 47-yard touchdown. Flowery Branch finished off the first half strong by scoring two touchdown to take a 24-20 lead into halftime.

Dawson Co. started off the second half strong. After stopping the Falcons on their first drive, Holtzclaw found #26 Tray Cohen for a 28 yard touchdown to give the Tigers the lead. On the next drive, Gibson intercepted a pass to get the ball back for Dawson Co. One play later, Gibson had a 47-yard reception to set the Tigers up with a 1st and goal from the 3-yard line. Grindle ran in the touchdown on the following play. Flowery Branch marched down the field and scored quickly on the next possession. Dawson Co. had a good drive going on the following possession. Senior Dakohta Sonnichsen had a 58-yard touchdown that was called back due to a penalty. The Falcons scored on back to back long drives as they led 45-34 with 6:05 remaining in the game.

Sophomore #6 Jaden Gibson jumping to catch a pass.

Three minutes later, Holtzclaw found #8 Nic Baloga for a 16-yard touchdown, which was Holtzclaw’s 5th of the game. Gibson ran in the 2-point conversion, which made the score 45-42 in favor of Flowery Branch. After a failed onside kick attempt, the Falcons drove the ball down to the goal line. However, the Tigers continued to fight. They stopped Flowery branch on 4th down at the 1-yard line. Dawson Co. was able to make a few positive plays, but couldn’t manage to drive the ball down the field to score, as they fell 45-42.

Dawson Co. plays again at home next Friday as they host South Forsyth at 7:30 p.m.

Dawson Co. comeback attempt falls short in loss to Lumpkin Co.

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The Dawson Co. Lady Tigers fell to the Lumpkin Co. Lady Indians 7-6 at home on Wednesday night.

#12 Lauren Kurtz looks to get the out at first base.

The Lady Tigers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Lady Indians jumped out to a huge lead by scoring one run in the second inning and six runs in the third inning to take a 7-0 lead. However, the Lady Tigers scored one run in the fifth inning and five runs in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap. The Dawson Co. rally ultimately fell short, as Lumpkin Co. won the game 7-6.

Bella Henson had an excellent night at the plate as she batted 3 for 4 with an RBI. Layne Bailey also had a nice night as she batted 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

The Lady Tigers’ have a quick turnaround as they travel to play at Rabun high school tomorrow at 6 p.m.


Dawson Co. falls to Cherokee Bluff 12-7

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (9-4, 1-4 Region 7-3A) lost to the Cherokee Bluff Bears (9-4, 4-1 Region 7-3A) 12-7 on Wednesday night at Dawson Co. The Tigers gained an early lead, but allowed nine runs between the third and fourth innings in the loss. Senior Hudson Sapp batted 2 for 4 with an RBI in the fifth inning.

Mauricio Hernandez up-to-bat in the second inning.

After surrendering one run in the top of the first inning, the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. They also scored one more in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Nick Mullinax, the starting pitcher for Dawson Co., had an RBI in the first to help build the lead.

Starting pitcher Nick Mullinax throwing a strike.

The Tigers cycled through multiple pitchers in the third and fourth innings as they surrendered nine runs to trail 10-4 heading into the fifth inning.

Dawson Co. fought back hard in the fifth. After scoring two runs, Sapp had his RBI with the bases loaded to cut the Bears’ lead to only 10-7. However, Cherokee Bluff scored one run in the sixth and one run in the seventh to win the game 12-7.

The Tigers and Bears play again on Friday at Cherokee Bluff at 5:55 p.m.

Dawson Co. defeats Gordon Central, moves to 4-0

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The Dawson Co. Tigers defeated the Gordon Central Warriors 11-0 on Wednesday night at home to remain undefeated. Starting pitcher Kristian Kelley had eight strikeouts and held the Warriors to one hit while playing all five innings.

Dawson Co.’s Andrew Buet player up to bat.

The Tigers scored in the first inning after #13 TJ Allen tagged up after a fly-out. Before he scored, he hit a double and stole third base.

Dawson Co. scored three times in the third inning, as Gordon Central had three errors. The first two runs came on sacrifice flies, while the third came on an RBI double after an error.

Dawson Co. pitcher Kristian Kelley before throwing a strike.

The Tigers scored another two runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead over the Warriors.

Dawson Co. finished the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The final four runs came on a walk-off grand slam from Hudson Sapp, who is committed to play for Ole Miss next season.

The Tigers’ next game will be Saturday, as they host Coosa high school at noon.

Dawson Co. Tigers fall to Denmark 11-1

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (0-5) fell to the Denmark Danes (2-1-2) at home on Tuesday night. The Tigers’ lone goal came from senior Michael Velasquez with eight minutes left in the first half.

Senior Michael Velasquez makes a play on the ball while guarded by a Denmark player.

Denmark struck first with back to back goals early in the first half. On the second goal, Tigers’ goalie, sophomore Gio Hernandez, was injured after hitting his head on the side of the goal. The backup goalie for Dawson Co. was junior Mason Truitt, who played the remainder of the game.

Junior Caleb Bonesteel loads up for a booming kick.

Denmark scored two more goals before Velasquez scored with eight minutes left in the first half. The Danes scored three more times before the break to lead 7-1 halfway through the match.

Denmark scored four more times in the second half to win 11-1.

The Tigers play again on Thursday at home against Pinecrest Academy at 7:30 P.M.

Lady Tigers force 2-2 tie against Denmark

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The Dawson Co. Lady Tigers (0-2-1) tied with the Denmark Lady Danes (3-2-1) on Tuesday night at home as each team scored two goals. The tie was “something to build off of” according to Coach Hamby. Senior Katie Clouse and junior Molly Muenchen each had a goal for Dawson Co.

Junior Molly Muenchen makes a play on the ball.

Denmark opened up scoring for the game with 25 minutes remaining in the first half. Clouse nearly responded a few minutes later but was able to tie the game up with 12 minutes left in the first half.

Sophomore Kenna LaBaron defends a Denmark Lady Dane.

The second half was just as competitive as the first. Denmark took the lead with a goal a little over halfway through the first half. Dawson Co. was able to respond again, this time with a goal from Muenchen.

The match ended tied at 2-2. The Lady Tigers will return to action on Friday at 7:30 P.M. at Habersham Central.

Dawson Co. defeats GAC to win Region 7-3A Championship

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (25-2, 12-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans (20-8, 9-3 Region 7-3A) 70-63 in overtime in the Region 7-3A championship on Monday night at East Hall. The Tigers scored the first seven points of overtime and held the lead to secure the win.

The Region 7-3A Co-Players of the Year Campbell Reed and Jasper Gibson had big games for the Tigers. Reed led Dawson Co. with 21 points, and Gibson scored 15. Mason Barnes, another Tiger on the All-Region team, scored 17 points and had eight rebounds, and Eli Burress had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

All-Region team selection Mason Barnes sets up a play against GAC in the Region 7-3A championship.

Dawson Co. used a big first quarter to gain an early lead. They outscored the Spartans 18-6 in the period to take control of the game.

The Tigers had another commanding stretch in the second quarter, this time a 7-0 run. However, GAC ended the half on a 9-0 run to only trail 30-22 at halftime.

The Spartans cut the lead to only three by scoring the first five points of the second half. Dawson Co. responded with an 8-0 run to get the lead back to double digits. GAC had another late run and finished the period on an 8-2 run as the Tigers only led 45-39 heading into the fourth quarter.

GAC scored the first six points of the fourth to tie the game at 45. A Spartan 3-pointer moments later gave them their first lead since 2-0 less than a minute into the game. Dawson Co. was able to regain the lead but lost it again on a pair of GAC free throws with a little over a minute left.

Reed hit a long 3-pointer with 1:06 left in the period to take a one point lead. A pair of free throws from Gibson after a stop on defense gave the Tigers a three point lead with 25 seconds remaining. Eight seconds later, the Spartans were headed to the line for three free throws, after a foul was called on Barnes. After GAC hit all three free throws, the Tigers had a shot to win the game in regulation. Gibson drove baseline and found Reed in the corner. His shot clanked off the side of the rim, and the teams were headed to overtime, tied at 58.

Region 7-3A Co-Player of the Year Campbell Reed drives the lane.

GAC won the tip-off in overtime, but Gibson stole the ball to gain possession for his team. Reed was able to score the first points of overtime after an offensive rebound from senior Brody Howell. On the following possession, Reed found Burress for an easy lay-up to give them a two possession lead. The Tiger defense held the Spartans scoreless for the first 2 minutes of overtime until they hit a free throw. Reed and Burress each scored four points in overtime to lead the Tigers to a second consecutive Region 7-3A championship.


Dawson Co. defeats Cherokee Bluff 70-62 to advance to Region 7-3A championship

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (25-2, 14-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the Cherokee Bluff Bears (17-11, 7-6 Region 7-3A) 70-62 on Friday night at East Hall. The win gives them a spot in the region championship. The Tigers hit eight 3-pointers in the first half to give them a double-digit lead at halftime that helped them win the game.

Senior Jasper Gibson scans the defense.

Jasper Gibson led the Tigers in scoring with 24 points, and Mason Barnes scored 18 points. Eli Burress had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The game was intense from the opening minutes of the game. The Tigers were active on the offensive glass, which helped them lead 21-15 at the end of the first quarter.

The intensity picked up in the second quarter, with the referees having to separate players and a technical foul was assessed to the Bears. Despite the adversity surrounding the game, the Tigers were able to take a 42-27 lead into halftime.

Freshmen Jaden Gibson dribbles into the lane.

The Tigers continued to battle hard in the second half. They closed the quarter on a 13-1 run to lead 55-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Cherokee Bluff closed the game with a late run, but Dawson Co. held on to win 70-62.

The Tigers play on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at East Hall against GAC in the Region 7-3A championship.

Dawson Co. wins wrestling tournament on senior night

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With their seniors being honored for their years of hard work, Dawson Co. won both of their matches Tuesday night, Jan. 28, in Dawsonville.

Senior D.J. Mitchell pinning a White Co. wrestler.

The Tigers narrowly defeated Cherokee Bluff 42-35 in the first match. Kincaid Schuette, D.J. Mitchell, Danny Phillips, G. Westbrooks, L. Buytendrop, H. Martins, and Isaiah Lail all recorded pins for the Tigers. 

The senior night ceremony was after the match between White Co. and Cherokee Bluff, which White Co. won.

Seniors walked around the mat with their families and shook hands with the entire team and coaching staff. Some of their accomplishments, favorite moments, and future plans were also announced.

Dawson Co. seniors! Congratulations!

The seniors that were recognized were Brianna Ray, Christian Harper, D.J. Mitchell, Danny Phillips, and Joey Toals.

In their second match of the night, Dawson Co. defeated White Co. 58-24. Kincaid Schuette, D.J. Mitchell, Danny Phillips, L. Buytendrop, G. Beal, and Christian Harper all recorded pins for the Tigers.

Dawson Co. uses big 4th quarter to defeat Lumpkin Co. 55-47

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (21-2, 10-0 Region 7-3A) won a defensive battle on their senior night against Lumpkin Co. (8-16, 4-8 Region 7-3A) 55-47. They scored 22 points in the 4th quarter, including a 7-0 run late in the game, to win the game.

Campbell Reed was the high scorer for the game on his senior night with 27 points, including seven 3-pointers. Mason Barnes also scored 16 points for the Tigers.

Jacob Cumbie plays defense on Jasper Gibson.

Brian Cunane led the way for the Indians with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Jacob Cumbie had 11 points and 5 rebounds.

The first quarter started out rough, with neither team scoring until three minutes into the game. The Tigers then hit three 3-pointers to get the offense going. The Indians scored the last four points of the period to cut the Tiger lead to 11-10.

The second quarter was just as low-scoring and competitive as the first. Lumpkin Co. used a late 7-0 run to trail 22-21 at halftime.

Campbell Reed plays defense on the inbounder.

The Tigers scored twice early in the second half, but couldn’t score again until the end of the period. After the Indians took the lead, Dawson Co. scored the final six points of the quarter to take a 33-28 lead into the final period.

The offense started clicking for both teams in the final quarter. The Tigers hit four 3-pointers to score 22 points and win 55-47.

The Tigers’ next game is Tuesday at Cherokee Bluff at 7:30 P.M.

The Indians’ next game is Tuesday as they host North Hall at 7:30 P.M.

Dawson Co. boys defeat GAC in defensive battle

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (18-2, 8-0 Region 7-3A) defeated the Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans (12-6, 5-2 Region 7-3A) 57-39 at home on Tuesday night. The Tigers shrugged off the slow start offensively and scored 39 points in the second half to seal the win.

Four Tigers scored in double digits, with Eli Burress leading the way by scoring 16 points. Jasper Gibson scored 14 points, Mason Barnes scored 12 points, and Campbell Reed had 10 points.

Mason Barnes sizing up the defense.

The first quarter was one of the lowest scoring quarters for the Tigers all season. The Spartans worked hard to deny Gibson the ball, and it slowed the Tigers offense early. Dawson Co. lead 8-6 after the first quarter.

The game remained close and low-scoring in the second quarter. The Tigers finished the period on a 6-0 run to take an 18-12 lead into halftime.

Jasper Gibson driving into the lane.

The Tigers came out of the break scoring much better than the first half. They used a long 14-1 run in the middle of the quarter and lead 32-20 heading into the fourth quarter.

Both offenses were hot in the final period. The Tigers outscored the Spartans 25-19 in the final period and won the game 57-39.

Dawson Co. has another home game this Friday against Denmark at 8:30pm.

Dawson Co. Tigers throttle The King’s Academy 76-39

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The Dawson Co. Tigers (9-1, 3-0 Region 7-AAA) picked up right where they left off on Friday night. They defeated The King’s Academy Eagles 76-39 in the final game of the North Georgia High School Showcase on Saturday at Dawson Co. High School. Campbell Reed paced the Tigers’ scoring barrage with 16 points. Mason Barnes also scored 15, and Jasper Gibson scored 12.

Jasper Gibson at the free throw line.

The Tigers outscored the Eagles 15-2 in the first quarter, with the only points scored by the Eagles coming at the free throw line. The final nine points of the period were scored by the Tigers, the final points coming on assist from Jaden Gibson to his brother Jasper.

The second quarter was more even, as the Tigers only won the period 20-18. Scoring came in bunches for both teams, as Dawson Co. led 35-20 at halftime.

Dawson Co. started off the second half strong by scoring the first nine points of the third quarter. After the Eagles hit a 3-pointer, the Tigers went on another run, this time a 12-0 run. They headed into the final period leading 56-25.

The Tigers showed no signs of slowing down. Ty Whitmire scored all eight of his points in the game in the first minutes of the fourth quarter. His personal 8-0 run extended the lead to nearly 40. It stayed right around 40 for the rest of the game, as the Tigers won 76-39.

Mason Barnes looks to make a play.

Dawson Co. will play again next Tuesday at Lumpkin Co. High School at 7:30 P.M.

Huge 4th quarter lifts Dawson County boys to victory over Creekview

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The Dawson County boys defeated Creekview 70-59 in the first round of the North Forsyth Tip-off tournament on Saturday. They outscored the Grizzlies 28-11 in the fourth quarter, 13 of which came from Mason Barnes. Barnes had a game-high 23 points, and Jasper Gibson pitched in 17.

Mason Barnes shoots the contested three.

The Tigers came out of the first quarter with a lead, but the game was tight. They lead 18-17 after one. The second quarter was just as close, with the game being tied at 33 heading into halftime. Gibson lead the Tigers with 10 in the first half.

Dawson’s offense struggled in the third quarter, as they only scored nine points. They headed into the final quarter down 48-42.

Jasper Gibson finishes the tough lay-up.

The Tigers opened the quarter on an 8-2 run to tie the game quickly. The teams stayed close for a few minutes by trading scores. Dawson then broke the game open by scoring 15 of the last 18 points to take the victory.

The Dawson County boys will play Cherokee High School in the second round of the tournament on Monday at 5:30 P.M.

Dawson County Tigers Defeat Westminster 27-3, Advance to Second Round

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With rainy weather throughout the day, it wasn’t ideal conditions for a first round game of the state playoffs. The Tigers, however, were not fazed.

Despite the poor weather, Dawson County was focused on the task at hand, and it showed in their play.

The Tigers received the ball to open the game, but had to punt quickly after a holding call on first down.

Dawson County Offense heads to the line.

Westminster had good field position to start their drive. However, #12 Riley Herndon intercepted the ball on third down and returned it to the opposite side of the field.

After a couple of first downs, the Tigers scored the first points of the game on a 32-yard field goal by #99 Caleb Bonesteel.

The Wildcats next drive was a long one. They got multiple first downs on both passes and rushes. They eventually settled for a 45-yard field goal to tie the game at 3 nearing the end of the first.

The teams traded 3 and outs on their next drives. On their next drive, the Tigers got multiple first downs to advance the ball. This included a pass to #8 Hunter Barron and a run by #10 Zach Holtzclaw. Unfortunately, Holtzclaw threw an interception that was returned past midfield.

After the Wildcats converted on 4th down, #20 Tripp Caine came up big for the Tigers with an interception to give his team the ball back.

Dawson County moved the ball down the field, but the Wildcat defense forced a 4th down. On the punt attempt, Riley Herndon faked it and threw the ball to #6 Jaden Gibson for a first down. However, it was called back on a flag for an ineligible receiver down field.

Westminster started from the 25, but fumbled the ball on a pitch on the first play. #2 Max Moon recovered it for the Tigers and took it down to the goal line. #15 Isaiah Grindle punched in the touchdown from 2 yards out, allowing the Tigers to take a 10-3 lead into the half.

The Wildcats opened the half with a 3 and out. On the punt, the punter bobbled the snap, resulting in a bad punt that gave the Tigers great field position.

Dawson County had to settle for a 39 yard field goal after a quick 3 and out.

#21 Shawn Thomas shoves a Westminster defender to the ground.

Westminster drove the ball down the field on multiple first downs, but had to settle for a 51 yard field goal. The Wildcats faked the attempt, but they were quickly stopped, giving Dawson County the ball back.

The teams traded 3 and outs again nearing the end of the 3rd quarter. The Tigers’ drive started with a long run by Grindle to end the third. #21 Shawn Thomas opened the final quarter with a first down run. He followed it up with a 24 yard touchdown run to give his team a 20-3 lead early in the 4th.

After another Westminster 3 and out, Shawn Thomas lead the Dawson County drive with multiple first down runs. He also ran in a 5 yard touchdown to expand the Tiger lead to 27-3 with less than 5 minutes in the game.

On the ensuing possession, Caine got his second interception of the game. This sealed the Tigers’ spot in the second round of the playoffs.

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