Offensive firepower was on display at DCHS as the Tigers opened their 2012 campaign with a 42-0 bruising of East Hall in an early Region 7-AAA showdown.
The first-team defense was equally impressive as it stayed on the field until late in the game, pressuring the Vikings and showing the potential to make big things happen this season.
Handling all the expectations with ease, senior quarterback Tyler Dominy completed 18 of 25 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
Dawson didnt waste time putting points on the scoreboard as senior defensive back Bruce Clark gave the Tigers outstanding field position with an early interception.
Dominy then connected with senior Zack Martin on a touchdown pass to give Dawson the lead.
After the Tigers defense forced the Vikings to punt on two consecutive possessions, senior Will Anglin hauled in a long reception to put Dawson inside East Hall territory.
Anglin then grabbed another reception and hung on despite a big hit by the Vikings defense to land Dawson on the five yard-line.
Soon, Martin rumbled in for the touchdown and the Tigers took a 14-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the first half.
The fast-paced offense continued to work effectively on the next possession as junior Colton Chester gave Dawson a commanding 21-0 lead with a touchdown catch.
On the next possession, the Tigers took over on downs on the East Hall 19-yard line with one of many tough stands on defense.
Preferring to do the damage himself, Dominy tucked the ball and scrambled toward the endzone, finishing with a diving touchdown just before the two-minute mark.
After the intermission, junior running back Cody Lamar helped his team with a tough run before Dawson blew the game open with a touchdown reception by Clark for a 35-0 advantage.
On the next Dawson possession, senior Mitchell Putnam showed sure hands as he erased a third down and 15-to-go situation with a long reception.
Sayler was soon celebrating in the endzone with his teammates after grabbing the Tigers final touchdown of the night with three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Dawson defense showed that they had the determination to preserve the shutout.
With East Hall threatening at the goal line, senior Blake McDaniel fought through the offensive line for the sack to help the Tigers hold the Vikings scoreless.
Lamar finished with 11 carries for 67 yards, while Anglin had three receptions for 80 yards.
Dawson Countys defense, which earned the teams first shutout since 2009, was led by Clark, McDaniel, JP King, Cole Waters and Keaton Toal.
The Tigers will now turn their attention to a highly-anticipated matchup with Lumpkin County this Friday in Dahlonega.
The last time the two teams met in 2009, the Indians prevailed 13-0.