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Dawson dismantles Fannin
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Clint Garrett wraps up quarterback Brad Davis during the Tigers win over Fannin County. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

After last year's stumble against Fannin County, the Tigers were laser-focused on this year's game at Blue Ridge.

"The boys were really focused," said Head Coach Sid Maxwell. "This year, just their whole mentality. There wasn't a whole lot of talking. I usually bring them down and we do a little mental prep before we play. They are all usually real focused during that time, but they were eerily focused this time."

Within the first minute of play, Dawson County jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the bewildered Rebels.

"We talked all week about coming out fast, the boys did a great job of executing the game plan," said Andy LeBlanc, offensive coordinator.

That was only the beginning as the Tigers put up 52 points in the first half of play without any answer from the Rebel offense.

Dawson County won 52-13.

In the first half, Fannin quarterback Brad Davis was 4-for-8 with 27 yards, one interception, four sacks and two scrambles for total losses of 32 yards.

Coming into the Oct. 14 game Davis had already passed for 1,400 yards on the season.

Dawson County's first play from scrimmage was a pass from Coey Watson to Austin Young for a touchdown.

The 69-yard completion was the first of four such plays.

"We felt going into the game that Austin was a mismatch," said LeBlanc. "We wanted to move him around and take advantage of his size. Austin makes it very easy for the coaching staff to do this because he understands the game so well."

The Rebels first passing play of the game resulted in an interception by Jakob Scoggins and the Tigers immediately had first and goal.

So Watson threw it to Young again and his second receiving touchdown came with 11:25 still to play in the first quarter.

Young had 7 receptions on the night for 222 yards and four touchdowns-all in the first half of play.

Watson completed 10 of 15 for 269 yards for five touchdowns, also all in two quarters of football.

After the Tigers' defense forced a punt, the offense drove again but this time came away with a Cole Dennis field goal to make 17-0.

Luke Martin hounded the Rebels offense on the ensuing series and Fannin turned the ball over on downs.

Taylor Cronan ran for an 18-yard first down to the Fannin 26 on the next possession before Watson would connect yet again with Young for another touchdown.

Zac Baloga and Martin would post back-to-back sacks and force another punt from the Rebels.

After a completion to Nick Murphy, Watson would do some running of his own before Payton Myers ran for a touchdown with 11:47 in the second quarter.

The pattern continued as the Tigers' defense again held and the offense again moved the chains.

The run game moved the ball up the field and Watson connected with Murphy for a 30-yard touchdown reception to make it 38-0.

After another stop, there was another Watson-to-Young touchdown and with 4:05 until half it was 45-0.

Myers ran one more in before the half to make it 52-0.

Myers carried 8 times for 49 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Connor Bearden entered the game at quarterback in the second half and the Tigers enjoyed the benefit of the running clock.

Fannin got on the board with 3:40 in the game after their only sustained drive of the night on runs by Jonah Henry.

Their only other score came as the clock expired.

The victory means Dawson County is now 5-1 overall and undefeated in region play at 3-0.

"Turn that page and we are on to the next week," Maxwell said. "East Hall is a very talented football team. They have had a few ups and downs, but they are very explosive. Anybody that has a lot of speed makes it tougher for you. For us, we have to keep doing what we are doing."

This week the Tigers will travel to Gainesville to play East Hall (2-5, 0-3) who had a bye week after a 69-12 loss to Greater Atlanta Christian on Oct. 7.

"East Hall is a very dangerous team," LeBlanc said. "They have athletes all over the field and are unpredictable. This will be a good test for us as an offense to move the ball around consistently. It's a challenge we are looking forward to and is an important region game for us."

Dawson County plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at East Hall.