As the clock sped toward halftime, Dawson Countys Tyler Dominy surveyed his options and then threw a strike to Bruce Clark in the endzone.
The touchdown pass was the third of the first half for the senior quarterback and helped the Tigers take back some critical momentum versus Forsyth Central
The Bulldogs (Region 7A-AAAAA) answered Dawson Countys 14-0 run in the first few minutes of the game with 15 straight points of their own to take a one-point lead midway through the second quarter.
But from that point, the Forsyth Central fans were continually quieted by the amazing passing performance of Dominy, who threw for a total of six touchdowns as the Tigers (Region 7-AAA) shocked the Bulldogs 48-29 in Cumming on Friday night.
After Dawson County took back the lead 20-15, Forsyth Central was driving again when senior defensive lineman Cole Waters broke through with a quarterback sack to push the Bulldogs back.
On the next play Clark showed his defensive prowess as the senior snagged an interception for the Tigers and embarked on a marathon runback before collapsing into the endzone.
Although a penalty on the return erased the touchdown, it was just another opportunity for Dominy, who connected with senior wide receiver Will Anglin on a first down pass from 33 yards out to put Dawson County up 27-15 with just seconds remaining before halftime.
Following a Forsyth Central turnover to begin the third quarter, the Tigers hurry-up offense was at it again, as senior wide receiver Mitchell Putnam hauled in a 14-yard pass from Dominy for a touchdown to give Dawson County a commanding 34-15 lead.
But Forsyth Central wasnt about to go quietly, putting together a lengthy touchdown drive to end the third quarter and cut the lead to 34-22.
Dawson County kept rolling, however, as Cody Lamar ran over defenders to begin an 80-yard drive that used a combination of rushing and passing to march down to the Bulldogs 25-yard line. A touchdown pass from Dominy to junior tight end Colton Chester extended the lead to 41-22.
With memories of the previous weeks last-minute comeback by North Forsyth still fresh in the minds of the Dawson County players, the defense worked hard to force a punt after a three-and-out by the Bulldogs.
Speedy wide receiver Chris Sayler then blazed down the sideline in front of the Tigers bench on his way to a 71-yard touchdown reception, giving Dawson County a 48-22 lead.
Forsyth Central tacked on one more touchdown in the fourth quarter but it wasnt enough as the Bulldogs lost their first game to the Tigers since 2005 and fell to 0-3 this season.
The victory improved Dawson Countys record to 3-1 ahead of a bye week as the team prepares for a critical region battle against North Hall (2-1) on September 28.
The Tigers will host a North Hall team that also has an open week after losing a heartbreaker to Jefferson in a non-region game last week.
The Trojans and Tigers are nearly identical in scoring with North Hall averaging 36 points per game compared to Dawson Countys 38. On defense, North Hall has allowed 18 PPG, while Dawson County is averaging just 16.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in Dawsonville.