The Dawson County Tigers lost to the Oconee County Warriors 42-7 on Friday, Dec. 4, ending the Tigers season in the second round of the GHSA 3-A state tournament.
The Tigers defense came up big to start the first quarter. After Oconee drove the football down to the Tigers 1-yard line, the Tigers stopped them from scoring on a fourth-and-goal attempt. On the Warriors’ next offensive possession, Kinkade Weaver recovered a fumble to take the ball away from the Warriors again.
The game was scoreless at the end of the quarter and looked like it was going to be a grueling defensive battle. The Warriors scored three times in the second quarter and the Tigers were unable to move the ball down the field in the second half.
To avoid being totally shut out, quarterback Zach Holtzclaw connected with Jaden Gibson for a 39-yard passing touchdown. The play was Holtzclaw’s 51st passing touchdown during his career with the school and Gibson’s 14th career touchdown.
Tigers head coach Sid Maxwell told his players at the end of the game that he was proud of their season and that sometimes you just get outplayed.
As 19 Dawson County seniors hang their high school football pads up for the last time, they leave behind a fantastic career at Dawson County. For the last four years the Tigers have qualified for the state tournament and have won their first round matchup. The team came out victorious in 31 games in the four year span.
Dakohta Sonnichsen collected over 2,600 rushing, receiving and kick return yards in his career with the Tigers. Isaiah Grindle was just yards away from eclipsing 1,500 rushing yards and collected over 2,000 offensive yards during his career.
Tripp Caine intercepted seven passes for the Tigers in his career. Brandon Lantz recorded 118 tackles and Max Moon pulled off the impressive feat of recording passing yards, rushing yards, receiving yards, sacks and tackles in his entire high school career. Caleb Bonesteel kicked 22 field goals through the uprights for the Tigers, and in the last two seasons, Kinkade Weaver tackled opposing players 107 times.
Like any other season, Tigers coaching staff have plenty of holes they will need to fill before the 2021 season. After the game, Maxwell said that the team would get back into the locker room to start preparing for next season as soon as they can.