In a battle between 2 young teams, Dawson’s potential shined in spurts. The turnovers and penalties are what kept Dawson County from getting the win.
The Dawson County Tigers (Region 7-AAA) faced off against the North Forsyth Raiders (Region 5-7A) in a game that featured a much larger opponent than what the Tigers will be playing in their region games. This type of experience early on will benefit Dawson County in the long run.
Having graduated 28 seniors last year, the Tigers were prepared for mistakes early on, and that is just what happened.
They opened the game with a 3 and out, where the drive was cut short by a penalty that set the Tigers back a bit. The Raiders fed off their defense and methodically drove the ball down the field, but were held to a field goal due to a touchdown being waived off by a flag.
On Dawson County’s next possession, they fumbled the ball on an option play, and it was recovered by North Forsyth. However, sophomore Braedon Hubbard responded defensively with a 92-yard pick 6 to give the Tigers the lead 6-3 with 6:31 remaining in the first quarter.
The excitement was short lived, as the Raiders followed a couple of short runs with a 57-yard touchdown pass. 2 possessions later, they delivered a 19-yard touchdown strike to extend their lead to 17-6 early in the second quarter.
Dawson County received a spark from freshman Keegan Stover, who threw a 56-yard touchdown pass on the third play of his first drive to cut the deficit to 17-13 with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
For nearly 2 more quarters, neither team could get much going.
With 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, North Forsyth hit a 23-yard field goal to extend their lead to 20-13. On the ensuing possession, Dawson County fumbled the ball in Raider territory, setting North Forsyth up with an opportunity to put the game away. However, the penalty bug hit the Raiders, forcing them to punt from their own 5-yard line. A bad snap resulted in the ball sailing over the punter’s head, giving the Tigers 2 points and the ball.
Down 20-15 with an opportunity to retake the lead for the first time since the 1st quarter, Dawson County couldn’t get anything going and had a quick 3 and out. The Raiders then sealed the deal with a long drive finished by a touchdown run with 3 and half minutes remaining. However, the Tigers lost the ball on a bad snap, giving North Forsyth great field position that resulted in them tacking on another touchdown.
The final score was 34-15.
Dawson County will kick off their season officially on August 23rd against Habersham Central at 7:30pm
The Dawson Tigers took a trip across county lines on Friday for a head to head meeting with region opponent in the Trojans from North Hall.
The visiting Tigers started the afternoon scoring with a first-inning home run by Sapp followed by the 2, 3, and 4 batters going in order to end the top half of the inning. In the bottom half, it didn’t take long for the Trojans not only to answer the Dawson run but also to stretch out to a 3 run lead. Dawson added 1 run in the second and another in the third for their final run in the game. The Trojans wouldn’t need any more runs to seal a victory. With 2 insurance runs in the bottom half of the second, they held a 3 run margin of victory in the end. Cramer got the start for Dawson and was credited with the loss going 0.2 innings. In his outing, Cramer threw 38 pitches( 13 being in the strike zone) allowing 4 walks, 0 hits, 1 strikeout and 4 runs(1 earned). Goodwin came in early as relief going 5.1 innings with 2 runs allowed on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 71 pitches(46 being strikes). The Tigers defense committed four errors accounting for 5 of the 6 Trojan runs. Leading the Tigers at the plate, J. Verhoven went 2 for 2 with 1 RBI followed by Allen who was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored.
The Tigers of Dawson County cleated up to face Region opponent in the Trojans of North Hall at home last Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers reached deep down inside and fought to earn a win in the high scoring affair.
North Hall started the scoring in the first inning pushing one run across the plate but saw Dawson even things up in their half. The scoreboard saw zeros for the Trojans heading into the top half of the seventh. Plating 6 runs in the last ditch effort, North Hall fell short to the Tigers by a four-run margin. Taking the mound for Dawson was Sapp throwing 93 pitches over his 5 innings of work. Sapp allowed just 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts in his dominating performance. K. Kelly came into work 2 innings in relief of Sapp. In his two innings, Kelly gave up 5 runs(4 earned) 4 hits, and 2 walks on 59 pitches. The defense behind the Dawson pitchers committed three errors in the game.
After the Tigers quick first inning run, things went a little quiet until the fourth. The batters found new life with the scoring of seven huge runs. The Tigers tapped out 7 hits in the inning as well as 1 walk and a hit bat’s man. Dawson added 2 insurance runs in the 6th inning to extend the lead to 10-1 at that point. As stated above, North Hall put up six in the last inning charge but fell short giving the Tigers a 10-6 region win. Several Tigers had an excellent day at the plate with Sapp going 3 for 4, scoring 2 runs and knocking in 2 runs, Allen was 2 for 3, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored, Lewis-1 for 2 with an RBI. Burt and Sapp had a stolen base. Allen and Sapp both homered for the Tigers.
After a 16-2 win over the Mount Bethel Eagles on Monday, the Tigers traveled to Marietta looking to sweep the quick two-game series over the non-region opponent.
After the dominating performance from the Tigers on Monday, it would be hard pressed for a team to play better on Wednesday and yet that happened. The expectations were not only met but exceeded as the Tigers came out in the top of the first and put up 7 runs to take the lead and never look back. Stepping to the plate first as the visiting team, the wings of the Mount Bethel Eagles were clipped early and often as Dawson scored in what seemed at will. Sapp started things off with a screaming double to right field and set the table for the guys behind him. Allen was hit by a pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd as Lewis took his place in the batter’s box. The Tigers scored the first 2 of 7 on a Lewis single before anyone could blink. Hits by Hernandez, Mullinax, Rucker and the second hit for Sapp in the inning plated 5 more and had the Tigers firmly in control heading into the bottom half of inning number one. Taking a quick breather, Dawson went scoreless through inning 2 but picked right back up in the third to leave no doubts to their readiness to walk away with the victory. On 5 walks, 1 HBP, 7 singles, 1 double and Sapp Grand Slam, the visiting Tigers ended any chance of the Eagles taking flight. The 13 run third set the score at 20-0 and would be the final score in the mercy rule game.
Defensively both teams played errorless ball but the obvious difference was the pitching of the Dawson Tigers. C. Moore and G. Gutierrez combined for the 1 hit shutout. Moore started the game and went 2 innings on 17 pitches(15 were strikes) with no hits, no runs, and 2 strikeouts. Gutierrez came in to close out the game and had 1 walk, 1 hit, and 1 strikeout in 1 inning of work for the Tigers. These two Tiger hurlers could not be touched.
The Tigers will cleat up at North Hall on Monday the 4th with a start time of 5:55 PM.
On Monday of last week, the Dawson Tigers played host to the Eagles of Mount Bethel Christian Academy out of Marietta, GA.
The Tigers cruised to an easy victory over the Eagles with 16 runs over four innings of play for the big non-region win. Stepping on the mound for Dawson was Sapp and Kelley who combined for 12 K’s, 3 hits and 2 runs. Sapp was credited with the victory throwing 63 pitches in two and two-thirds of work while the gloves behind these 2 Tiger hurlers committed just 1 error in the game.
In the 16 run onslaught by the home team Tigers, the Eagles committed 4 errors and sent three pitchers to the mound. Leading the way for Dawson at the plate was H. Sapp who was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI, 2 walks and 4 RBI followed by B. Lewis-2 for 2 with 1 walk, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored, K. Kelley-2 for 3, 1 run scored and 6 RBI, and M. Hernandez-1 for1, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, and 3 walks. Overall the Tigers collected 8 hits in the game and scored runs in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and the 4th to close out the 16-2 win over Mount Bethel. These two teams were scheduled to meet again on Wednesday.
Last Friday the #2 seeded Tigers of Dawson welcomed in the 3rd seeded Rebels of Haralson County for a first-round game of the GHSA State Playoffs. Both teams came in ready to play and advance with the ultimate goal of reaching Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Coach Maxwell had his team fired up as they took the field in front of their home crowd. After suffering their only loss in the 2018 season to the eventual #1 seed in GAC, the Tigers felt as they can compete with any team at any level in Georgia High School. On this night there were never any doubts. Sevaughn Clark led his team to 44 points with an outstanding game both on the ground and through the air. Clark was 11 of 14 passing for 151 yards and had 15 carries for 113 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Several Tigers carried the ball for Dawson with Ahmad Kamara leading all with 18 touches for 175 yards with 1 touchdown. Senior Noah Brock and Junior Shawn Thomas also stepped into the end zone for Tiger touchdowns in the game. Ryan Glass had 7 catches for 112 yards and a score.
Defensively the Dawson tacklers played very well allowing 273 total yards to the Rebels. Haralson stayed with the game plan of rushing the ball. The Rebels had zero yards through the air on the night. The Rebels managed 3 scores in the game with 1 two-point conversion in an effort to make it a one-score game in the third quarter. Haralson ran into a buzz saw defense from that point forward. The Tigers front and linebackers stepped up to shut down the Rebels offense.
With the 44-22 victory over Haralson, the Tigers advance to the second round and will travel to play the no. 1 seed Canes of Monroe Area. This Friday night has these two teams rated pretty even on paper but everyone knows that’s not where games are won. Congratulations to the Tigers on a great season and best of luck in keeping it going with a big win on Friday night. GO TIGERS!
Coming off of a shut out loss the Region leading Lady Vikings of East Hall the Lady Tigers found themselves in a must win situation. Facing another strong team in the Trojans of North Hall proved to be too much on Wednesday.
Dawson struck first to take a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. That lead was rapidly relinquished as the Trojans scored runs in the bottom of the first with 5 on the board. The North hall offense continued to see the ball well and scored 2 in the second, 2 in the fourth and 5 big runs in the fourth to total 14 runs in the victory over Dawson. The Lady Tigers scratched out 1 additional run in the top of the fourth but Dawson couldn’t get a rhythm going against the Trojan’s pitcher in the 4 inning game.
The Dawson defense committed 7 errors in the game that contributed with only 2 of the 14 runs being earned. Maggie Schandera took the loss with 79 pitches in 3 and 1/3 innings. The Lady Trojans put up 14 runs on 12 hits that included 3 home runs.Bella Henson and Brea Crane had hits in the gams with Henson and Carol Drake crossing the plate for Dawson County’s 2 runs.
This loss wraps up the 2018 season for the Lady Tigers of Dawson County High School.
Game one of the 7-AAA tournament had the Lady Tigerd of Dawson travel to Hall County to face off against the 12-0 Vikings of East Hall. Facing a high powered team sitting atop the region is a challenging task for any team and Wednesday it was the Lady Tigers turn to hopefully put a dent in the record of their opponent.
This game proved to be a Viking kinda day. Entering the circle for East Hall, Banks dominated the Lady Tiger batters over 5 innings. On 50 pitches with an average of 10 pitches per inning, Banks shut down and shut out Dawson. The Lady Tigers had one base runner in the game via a walk. Defensively the Lady Dragons sent Maggie Schandera to the circle. Schandera took the loss allowing 8 runs(7 earned) on 9 hits in 4 innings of work. East Hall scored their runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings for the 8-0 shutout victory.
The Lady tigers will face the North hall Trojans in game two on the day.