Coach Jeff Lee's Dawson County High School Tiger football team is now fighting for its postseason life.
The team is trying to secure the No. 4 seed in Region 7-AAA and a trip to the state playoffs.
Following a game that saw the two teams score a combined 89 points, the Tigers came out on the short end of a 47-42 loss to White County during homecoming on Friday night.
Neither defense could stop the other team's offense as both White and Dawson had a total of more than 980 yards.
It was a disappointing loss for the Tigers.
Dawson County now must win at Fannin County this Friday and close the season with a win over West Hall next week to get in the playoffs.
There are six teams in Region 7-AAA battling for three playoff positions.
North Hall is the only team guaranteed a playoff spot.
Preseason favorite, Buford, also must win out to secure home field advantage after having to forfeit two wins last week.
The Tigers (4-4; 2-3), White County (5-3; 3-2), Banks County, East Hall and West Hall (all are 3-5 and 2-3 in region play) still have hopes of getting in the playoffs.
"We will be playing for fourth place, which may not be too bad in the state playoffs," Lee said. "We still have a chance for third if White County can lose their last two games."
Neither team had to punt the ball many times on Friday night, there were only two punts in the game, both by the Tigers.
Lee's offense was led by quarterback Tyler Dominy and running back Zach Martin.
Dominy passed the football 25 times, completing 15 passes, for 213 yards and a touchdown.
Dominy also had 28 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Dominy now has 2,018 yards passing with 23 touchdowns this season.
Martin had a game-high 112 yards on 22 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
Chris Sayler led all receivers in yardage with 54 yards on two catches.
Will Anglin had five catches for 46 yards, while Bruce Clark snagged four balls for 39 yards.
The offense piled up 453 total yards in four quarters.
The Dawson County defense just couldn't find a way to slow down White County's offense.
The Tigers allowed Warrior quarterback, Will Brock, to be involved in seven touchdowns in the contest.
Brock finished the game going 13-for-19 in the air for 358 yards and five touchdowns. He also contributed two touchdowns with his legs.
Dawson County took the opening kickoff and methodically drove down the field. Martin carried the ball into the end zone to give the Tigers a quick 6-0 lead.
Max Muldoon added the extra point and Dawson led, 7-0 after one quarter.
The Warriors answered in the second quarter with a Brock to Andrew Bergin touchdown pass from 38-yards out.
Bergin had five catches for 169 yards and three touchdowns on the night.
Martin scored Dawson's second touchdown on a second and goal. The extra point was true and the Tigers retained the lead, 14-7.
White took the next kickoff and Brock found Bergin again for a 69-yard completion for another score. The game was tied, 14-14.
Dawson's next touchdown of the second quarter was on a Dominy to Anglin, 14-yard pass.
White scored again just before halftime off of another Brock to Bergin pass from 20-yards out.
The Warrior defense then forced Dawson County to punt on its next possession.
Brock didn't waste any time. It only took White County 30 seconds to score, as Brock found his receiver from 5-yards out to give the Warriors a 27-21 advantage at halftime.
The Warrior extra point was wide left.
Dawson County kicked off to begin the second half. White County fumbled the kick and after a mad scramble the Tigers had the ball deep in Warrior territory at the 9-yard line.
It only took one play for Martin to score his third touchdown of the game. The extra point was good by Muldoon, and gave Dawson a 28-27 lead.
White County scored on its next two offensive series to take a 40-28 advantage.
Lee's team continued to fight back.
Dominy scored on a 1-yard run to cut the score to 40-35.
The Warriors scored again on the team's next possession, and moved the score to 47-35.
The talented Tiger quarterback scored again on a 10-yard run, but it wasn't enough. The ensuing onside kick was recovered by White County. The Warriors downed the ball as the clock reached zero.
"We just needed one stop, but just couldn't get it. White County did a lot more throwing than we thought. We are still in control of our own destiny, but we have to win the next two games," Lee said.
Linebackers Corey Voyles and Zach Martin had big games on defense for the Tigers, with 16 and 15 tackles respectively. Jackson Putnam also contributed with 12 tackles during the game.
"I thought Corey and Zach played well. Cole Waters and Blake McDaniel also played really well for us," Lee said.
Dominy and Amanda Martin were crowned homecoming king and queen at halftime of the game.
The Tigers will travel to Blue Ridge Friday to take on Fannin County. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.