An early goal for the Dawson County Tigers made it look like last Friday's game at Fannin would be an easy one.
"We scored in the first 26 seconds of the game and I thought, ‘yes, we are about to put this away early,'" said Head Coach Jed Lacey. "Man was I wrong."
The Tigers got the 4-1 win on the road, but Lacey said that Fannin's plan to stop the Dawson offense was great and the team had to make a number of adjustments at the half.
"We have a very experienced team that does not get panicky when we have to work through situations teams throw at us," Lacey said.
The quick, early goal came from junior Dennis Pyetsukh who went on to a hat trick for the night. He now has 13 goals on the season.
That score would be the only one in the first half of play.
Nathan Blythe added his 10th on the year on a penalty kick with 27:37 in the second.
"Dennis Pyetsukh, Nathan Blythe and Cole Dennis are such skilled and smart players with a lot of experience," Lacey said. "We just know we can lean on them to get it done. Dennis had three big goals tonight along with Nathan's goal to get a ‘W' tonight.
"Those two cause other coaches sleepless nights."
Tyler Glamuzina picked up an assist on Pyetsukh's second goal of the night.
"Just look at our third goal tonight when Tyler sprinted 60 yard and out hustled the entire Fannin team, beat everyone to the ball in the corner and centered it spot on to Pyetsukh's foot for a goal," Lacey said.
The play in the back was also spot on according to Lacey.
"I thought Timmy Moody did a great job running our back tonight and I thought Karson Pharris played his best game of the year protecting the defense and connecting with the midfield," Lacey said.
Goal keeper Dillon Tierney also picked up four saves in the goal.
Overall Lacey said he was pleased with what was accomplished as the team prepares for big games this week.
The Tigers remain undefeated at 8-0-4 overall and 2-0 in Region 7-AAA. The team is ranked No. 5 in Class AAA.
Dawson County hosted Greater Atlanta Christian on March 27, but results were not available as of press time.
The Tigers will face rivals Lumpkin County at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 in Dahlonega.