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Dawson County dominates Union
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Austin Young runs the ball in for the first touchdown during last weeks win over Union County. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers picked up their second region win last week when the team dominated the Union County Panthers in the rain and drizzle at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers won 57-26 on Oct. 7.

"It was a great game," said Head Coach Sid Maxwell. "It was tough to get momentum on their side when everything they did, we seemed to do one more."

The Dawson County defense had its fair share of one-upmanship as they came up with three interceptions including a pick six. The Tigers never trailed.

"Defense did an excellent job of getting the offense the ball," said Defensive Coordinator Brent Cox. "Jeremy Whalen and Dylan Nix continue to lead to make big plays at the right time."

On the team's second possession of the night, Coey Watson connected with Nick Murphy to the 48 yard line.

Watson was 9-for-14 passing for 140 yards.

He also carried the ball 11 times for 124 yards, including four rushing touchdowns.

"He took very good care of the ball as he has done all season," said Andy LeBlanc, offensive coordinator. "His decision making has been outstanding, which shows he has a great understanding of the offense and how we want to attack defenses from week to week."

Taylor Cronan, who was back for the first game since his injury against West Hall, was a difference maker again in the run game.

He carried seven times for 78 yards alongside Payton Myers who has been handling the running duties. Myers carried 16 times for 71 yards.

"I thought both Payton and Taylor played well Friday. We are at our best in the backfield when we have two tailbacks rotating to keep them fresh. Our focus was running the ball Friday and we knew we would need both of them," LeBlanc said.

With 6:06 in the first quarter, a Watson pass to Austin Young was tipped, but Young pulled it down for the first touchdown of the game. Cole Dennis put in the extra point and went 7-for-7 on the night.

After the Panthers got the ball back, Nix intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the 13-yard line.

Watson then connected with Kolton Brumbelow to the 2-yard line and got in on a keeper making it 14-0 with 2:38 in the first. Brumbelow had three receptions for 30 yards.

The Panthers were able to move the chains on the next outing after a long pass completion from Cole Wright to Bo Lynch at the 36.

After another Lynch carry for no gain, Wright scored on a keeper with 11:31 in the second to get it to 14-7.

The Tigers had to punt on the following possession and what looked to be an interception by the Tigers turned out to be a pass interference negating the turnover.

On the next play, however, Whalen got the second interception of the night and the Tigers drove behind Cronan and Myers' running.

A Watson pitch to Cronan on the outside showed patience by Cronan as he followed the block into the end zone to make it 22-7 after the 2-point conversion.

The Tiger defense would hold on the next possession before Watson would scramble for another Dawson touchdown with 3:53 until the half making it 29-7.

After the half the Panthers first drive was propelled by Tiger penalties. Multiple flags were thrown at midfield for back-to-back unsportsmanlike penalties. Union would start from the 48-yard line.

Another penalty on the Tigers came after a first down for Union to give the Panthers great field position at the 21. Wright scored on another keeper. With 8:55 in the third, the score was 29-14.

Dawson countered quickly after a Brumbelow kickoff return to the Tigers' 40. Watson connected with Young before he would scramble for a 34-yard touchdown.

Union had a sustained drive on the following possession that ended with a rushing touchdown by Lynch and a failed extra point attempt. With 4:33 in the third quarter, the Tigers led 36-19.

On the next kickoff, Brumbelow returned the ball for a touchdown-for the second week in a row. In the game against North Hall on Sept. 30, he returned the kickoff 99 yards. This time it was for 97 yards. The point after was good and the Tigers went up 43-19.

"We put him on his path and we made some key blocks and he made some good moves," Maxwell said.

Another defensive stand by the Tigers gave the ball back to the potent offense that stayed with the ground game of Myers and Cronan all the way to the 1-yard line.

Watson's keeper would take the score to 50-19 with 48 seconds in the third.

Twenty-two seconds later, an already deflated Union County was undone when Luke Martin added his pick six. Martin turned in 14 tackles as well, just behind Colin Glover who had 15.

"He's a force out there," Maxwell said about Martin. "He stands out."

A long Panther drive would give them one more score on the night and the running clock did not relent.

Dawson County moved to 4-1 overall with the 57-26 win and are currently 2-0 in decisive region wins.

"We have to keep building and not get complacent," Maxwell said.

Fannin County, the Tigers' next opponent, relies on quarterback Brad Davis who has thrown for more than 1,400 yards in six games.

"He has excellent presence in the pocket and will find a way to move the chains," Cox said.

The Rebels are 2-4 and 0-2 in region play. Dawson County will face them at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in Blue Ridge.