With serious implications for the Region 7-AAA standings riding on the outcome, the Dawson County varsity football squad is preparing to host the Warriors of White County.
When the two teams meet this Friday, the similarities will be numerous.
Both the Tigers and Warriors have 2-2 records this season in region games and are 4-3 overall.
Both teams are averaging 22 points allowed on defense, although that number may be inflated by a handful of lopsided losses for each.
Dawsons offense has shown a greater ability to put points on the scoreboard, as quarterback Tyler Dominy has plenty of wide receiver targets.
White County has averaged 26 points per game so far, compared to 31 PPG for Dawson, as the Warriors rely on a very effective rushing game.
The Warriors have lost two games in a row and are coming off a disappointing 42-7 loss to an excellent North Hall team that leads the region.
Dawson is coming off a 34-3 loss to Class AAA fourth-ranked Buford last Friday.
Playing on the road, the Tigers recovered from a 21-0 first quarter deficit, to hold the Wolves to a 13-3 margin for the remaining three quarters.
The Dawson defense stood strong at the beginning of the second quarter, forcing Buford to settle for a field goal.
Dawsons Max Muldoon then got the Tigers on the scoreboard with a field goal of his own with three minutes remaining until halftime.
The Wolves added another second quarter field goal and a third quarter touchdown, but were held under their usual average of 41 points by the Dawson defense.
This weeks matchup between Dawson and White County will help decide the third position in Region 7-AAA, while Banks County is also hanging around at 2-2 in the region.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Dawsonville.