The Dawson County High School varsity boys' soccer team lived up to its No. 2-ranking with a 5-1 win over White County in a physical game March 21.
White County played rough throughout, drawing the ire of the referees.
Dawson County held a 2-1 halftime lead off the feet of Cole Edwards and Brandon Lund on assists by David Velasquez and Cole Edwards.
White County scored its only goal with 12:14 left before halftime.
The Tigers put the game out of hand with three goals in a span of less than five minutes in the second half.
Lund picked up the hat trick with two of these goals at the 20:35 mark and at 16:32. The second goal on an assist by Josh Sage. Lund now has 18 goals for Dawson County.
Edwards finished the scoring on a penalty kick with 15:53 remaining. It was Edwards' 12th goal of the season.
Brooks Fulford picked up the win in goal.
"This game almost got out of hand," Head Coach Jed Lacey. "Some of the tactics White County used were questionable. I was just happy to get out of there with only a few injuries."
Lacey said he was proud of his team for keeping its composure.
"I thought we handled ourselves tremendously. I am so proud of my players for not getting involved in that mess up there. It showed the maturity of these guys. We dominated White County from the first whistle to the last whistle," Lacey said.
The coach also commented about standout Lund.
"Brandon Lund is on pace to destroy the school scoring record. We still have six games left in the season and the state playoffs for him to do that. Brandon is a complete player," he added.
Lund will try to break the record of 21 goals set by his brother Josh. The star forward also has 11 assists on the season.
"Lund's partner up front, Cole Edwards, came through with two goals in the game. Thirty goals from our front line is pretty impressive," Lacey said.
He said that the team will focus on healing from some injuries before playing this week's games.
"We are about to have a hard stretch of games and we need to heal up in a hurry. We have Buford and North Hall this week. It does not get much better than that. Both these teams are full of talent and we will have to play our best to stay on top of this region. There are no easy games in this region with four of the top 10 teams coming out of our region," Lacey said.
The Tigers played at Buford on Tuesday, scores were not available as of press time.
Dawson County will play host to No. 8 ranked and region foe North Hall on Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.
Dawson County currently has an overall record of 9-1-0.