If there was any doubt about Dawson Countys offense after the Tigers stumbled against North Hall last week, that doubt was erased after the team bounced back in a big way on Friday at Banks County.
Putting up their third 40-plus point game of the season, the Tigers (4-2) unleashed their furry with a 45-9 destruction of the Leopards (1-5) in a Region 7-AAA matchup.
Last season, the Leopards handed Dawson a disappointing 19-14 loss when the two teams were part of Region 8A-AA.
This year it was a different story, however, as the Tigers flexed their offensive muscle with three touchdowns in the first quarter to jump out to a 21-0 lead.
Quarterback Tyler Dominy hit wide receiver Chris Sayler for a touchdown pass just four minutes into the game.
Then it was wide receiver Bruce Clark making one of his many explosive plays in the game, catching a 65-yard touchdown pass from Dominy.
On Dawsons next possession, it took just one play for the Tigers to score as Sayler went 50 yards for his second touchdown of the game.
For a change of pace, Banks County began a low-scoring second quarter by sacking Dominy in the end-zone for a safety.
But Dawson put together a long scoring drive to finish the half, punctuated by Max Muldoons 40-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 24-2 advantage at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Leopards seemed to grab the momentum by recovering a fumble on the Dawson six-yard line.
But the Tigers defense stood strong, as linebacker Zach Martin stopped the Leopards quarterback on third down to force a field goal try. Soon, Clark came flying in to block the field goal and take the momentum back for Dawson.
On the next drive, Sayler had a pair of big runs to help the Tigers drive into Leopards territory. Clark then outran the defenders and used his sure hands to snag another touchdown catch for a 31-2 lead.
To begin their next possession, the Leopards quarterback nearly had a 94-yard run, except for the efforts of defensive back Will Anglin, who made a touchdown-saving tackle near midfield.
Dawson soon had the ball back after recovering a fumble near the end of the third quarter, and the Tigers took advantage with a 42-yard touchdown pass from Dominy to Clark, giving them a 38-2 advantage.
Keaton Toal helped the Dawson defense with one last big play as the linebacker snagged an interception deep in Banks territory.
With one last touchdown pass, Dominy hit Sayler for a score in the corner of the endzone to begin the fourth quarter.
And in the closing minutes, the Leopards tacked on a touchdown after recovering a fumble in Dawson territory.
The victory snapped Banks Countys six-game streak over Dawson and put the Tigers into fourth place in the Region 7-AAA standings with a 2-1 mark. Buford, North Hall and White County are in a three-way tie atop the region with a 2-0 record each.