Dawson County football earned its first official win Friday night on the road against the Chattooga Indians.
The Tiger defense was sound against the Indian's offensive duo-quarterback Isaac Foster and running back Isaiah Foster with Noah Brock and Luke Martin both getting early stops for the Tiger D.
"On defense, we knew we must slow down their running game. In the first half, our players did a good job at getting this done," said Brent Cox, defensive coordinator.
On the offensive side of the ball, Coey Watson connected early and often with his favorite target Austin Young.
Young had eight receptions for 119 yards on the night.
Watson threw for 238 yards, completing 17 of 28 passes.
"I think he played a lot more within the system," said Head Coach Sid Maxwell. "He made extended plays, took what they gave him. He was able to do more because he didn't try to do too much. He let the game naturally come to him."
Kolton Brumbelow pulled in the first of his four catches for a Tiger first down during the first quarter.
Brumbelow finished with 79 yards receiving.
Dawson turned to the ground game with multiple carries by Taylor Cronan before Watson got inside the 10-yard line on a keeper.
Watson kept it for a touchdown on the following play and Ryan Glass got the two-point conversion.
Conan finished with 11 carries for 61 yards and Watson had 10 rushes of his own for 64 yards.
"I thought offensively we executed the game plan well," said Andy LeBlanc, offensive coordinator.
"Coey did a great job of extending plays and taking what the defense gave us. Our offensive line played well as a unit and did a very nice job of maintaining blocks."
On the following possession, the Tiger defense again held the Indians and Watson went back to work with completions to Brumbelow and Young before another Cronan carry.
A false start penalty made for a long third down before Watson would scramble for a second touchdown with 26 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Tigers went up 15-0 after the extra point.
After another stout defensive stand, the Tigers drove from the 49-yard line. The drive ended with a Watson pass complete to Nick Murphy for the third touchdown.
Murphy had two catches for 16 yards.
The defense continued its effective handling of the Indian offense with stops by Martin, Jordan Hannah and Jeremy Whalen.
Cronan and Brumbelow both had receptions and the Tigers converted on a fourth down before a tipped pass from Watson was intercepted by the Indians and returned to their own 29-yard line.
Brock batted down a Foster pass attempt on the Indians' first down and made the tackle on the following play to deflate the Indian offense.
After a Chattooga timeout, Martin intercepted Foster to put Dawson County back in control.
The Tigers added a field goal to go up 24-0 at half.
On the opening drive of the second half, Watson had completions again to Young and Murphy before he found Young in the back of the end zone for another touchdown.
The point after attempt was no good and the Tigers went up 30-0.
The defense forced a three and out and the Indians held the Tigers on the following possession.
The next drive by the Indians included their only scoring for the night after an Isaiah Foster 89-yard run to the one-yard line. Isaac Foster got in on the keeper and the Indians added two more.
On their next possession, the Indians went for it on fourth and long only to turn the ball over on downs to the Tigers.
The Indians were able to force a fumble on the next Dawson County drive, but a Whalen interception put a stop to the Chattooga offense.
Dawson County continued to dominate on both sides of the ball on their way to a 30-8 win on the road.
The Tigers, now 1-0, have a bye this week before they take on a currently 2-1 West Hall team.
"We actually go back and try to go back to basics a little bit," Maxwell said about the extra week.
"I'm a big systems guy," Maxwell said. "I think our boys...they are buying into that, trying to improve on that. They get to a point where they can start self-correcting a little bit."
"West Hall continues to be a talented team," Cox said. "Wrapping up their tailback when he gets the ball is a necessity. They also have excellent talent at receiver and quarterback."
The Tigers play again at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9 in Oakwood.