Eighth grade Tigers
The Dawson County eighth grade football team took on a tough 6A Habersham Central squad last week at home.
The Tigers lost 32-0 after getting down early in the first quarter when the Raiders were able to put up two touchdowns.
"They were larger and faster and we could not capitalize on our opportunities," said Coach Chad Muilenburg. "We moved the ball well until we got into the red zone and then we made too many mistakes."
The Raiders were able to run the ball well most of the night.
Though the Tigers were unable to score, they kept Habersham Central out of the end zone for the second half of the game.
"The second half was dominated by defense as neither team found the end zone," Muilenburg said. "Some of that was due to better playing, and specifically better tackling, and some was the benefit of the second team offense from Habersham."
In the third quarter the Tigers had a terrific defensive stand when they were able to stop the runners short on back-to-back plays and knock down a pass before taking the quarterback down in the backfield.
Muilenburg was happy with long catches and runs from Kinked Weaver, Hayden McKinney, Tate Westerlund, Tripp Caine and Aaron Muilenburg.
"Both our QBs, Maximos Moon and Chris Cofield, played pretty well and our offensive line blocked better this week," he said.
Muilenburg also cited the play of Georgia Smith and her effort against much larger defensive linemen.
"Although the score would suggest otherwise, we are proud of the team and the effort they gave and could see some real progress and loved the fact that we never gave up."
The team is now 1-3 and will play at 5:30 p.m. at Clear Creek on Sept. 8
Ninth grade Tigers
In the ninth grade contest, Dawson County took on Pickens County.
Dawson lost 35-24 after a back and forth battle and a late surge by the Tigers.
After holding the Dragons on their first possession, the Tigers had a long completion from Will Glaze to Shawn Thomas for a touchdown. After a delay of game penalty, the point after attempt was no good.
The Tigers went up 6-0 but the Dragons answered on the first down after kickoff when they were able to find a hole and score on a long run. Their point after went through and the Dragons took over the lead 7-6.
The Dragons would not trail again.
"I am proud that they kept fighting after we got behind," said Coach Brad Fowler. "Our players have bought into Coach Maxwell's systematic approach and continue to get better each week."
Dawson's offense was stifled by a penalty and a batted down pass before punting it away.
Pickens scored on the following possession and went up 14-6 before the Tigers got the ball back and had a subsequent punt blocked.
The Dragons took over on the 33 and after pass interference on the Tigers put another touchdown in on a run to the outside.
In the second half, Dawson County would score on a touchdown pass to Hunter Barron and the two point conversion was stopped short.
Pickens County had a sustained drive on the following possession that ended in another touchdown and successful point after to go up 28-12.
An interception by the Dragons on the next drive resulted in another touchdown for Pickens to put the score to 35-12.
The Tigers answered with a quick strike to Brody Howell on a long pass. The point after was no good taking the score to 35-18.
A couple of penalties hurt the Tigers in the fourth quarter before Riley Herndon pulled down an interception at the one-yard line and brought it out to the 31.
Campbell Reed had a long reception and a quick slant to Barron put the Tigers on the board again. The two point conversion was no good.
Dawson tried for an onside kick with no success.
The team moves to 1-1 and have a couple of weeks off before they face Fannin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.
The junior varsity team lost a close contest to Pickens County on Sept. 1.
In the first quarter, Trey Pruitt had a 60-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Glass and Ethan Cameron had a 70-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.
During the second quarter, Pruitt connected again with Glass on a 25-yard touchdown throw.
The defense had a huge stop, causing a fumble that was recovered by Jason Browning.
Cole Dennis hit a 35-yard field goal after a 40-yard offensive drive and the half ended with a Zack Baloga interception that he returned for 20 yards.
The Tigers led 24-21 at the half.
When play resumed Chance Armstrong caught a 55-yard touchdown reception from Pruitt. The Tigers would not score again although they had two long drives in the fourth quarter. Both drives were stopped by turnovers.
The junior varsity team has a bye this week and will play at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 against Gilmer at home. The team is currently 1-1.