The Tigers dominated the Vikings of East Hall High School last Friday night, 49-7.
Dawson County High School controlled both sides of the ball throughout the entire game. After a shaky first possession - which resulted in a punt - the Tigers forced a fumble and recovered inside the East Hall 20 yard line.
We knew going into this game that they would turn the ball over, said Coach Jeff Lee. We told our guys that if they hustle to the football, East Hall will drop it and give us opportunities.
And when the opportunities presented themselves the Tigers capitalized. The Tigers forced four turnovers - two fumble recoveries and two interceptions - and scored touchdowns following three of those.
We were able to capitalize on our turnovers and we werent able to do that against Banks and we lost that game, Lee said.
In fact the Tigers forced fumbles on East Halls two opening drives, which led to 14 quick points for Dawson and a 35-0 lead at the half.
The Tiger defense only faulted at one point in the entire game. Following the opening kickoff of the third quarter, the Vikings broke a 74-yard rush for its only score.
We went in knowing that we had to keep [their running back] contained, Lee said. We were able to do that for the most part, and he got loose a couple of times and was able to use his speed to hurt us.
The Tigers answered right back with two big plays. Mitchell Putnam returned the Vikings kick nearly 60 yards and running back Zack Martin took over on first down with a 40-yard touchdown run.
The win clinches a region playoff berth for the Tigers and secures second place in the subregion. The win moves the team to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in subregion play.
This Friday, Oct. 28 the Tigers will travel to Tiger to play Rabun County High School at 7:30 p.m.