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Dawson dismantles Fannin
Tigers win 43-3 for homecoming game
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Dawson County's Vaughn Clark scores one of his two rushing touchdowns against the Fannin County Rebels on Oct. 13. - photo by Amy French

The Dawson County Tigers ran over the Fannin County Rebels Friday night to get their third region win for homecoming.


Vaughn Clark carried the ball for close to 200 yards as Dawson County took down Fannin 43-3 on Oct. 13.


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Dawson County defenders Jason Velasquez, Nate Umberger and Logan Barnes take down a Fannin County Rebel on Oct. 13. - photo by Amy French
The Tigers defense easily handled Fannin and a Walker Cox interception on the first drive gave Dawson its first possession at the Rebel 19.


Coey Watson had a completion to Connor Bearden and Vaughn Clark took it to first and goal before a Watson keeper put the Tigers on the board with 8:11 in the first quarter. 


A 2-point conversion on a direct snap to Ryan Glass made it 8-0 Tigers.


The next Rebels outing equalled a quick three and out courtesy of a T.J. Wilson and Zac Baloga tackle for loss to force the punt.


From the Rebel 47, Clark picked up 4 yards before Watson found Glass for a 43-yard touchdown. Peyton Allen’s extra point made it 15-0 with 6:22 still in the first period.


Allen kicked it to the end zone and Fannin’s offense would start from the 20. Once again, however, the Rebels would be forced to punt, this time to the Tiger 13.


The Dawson drive would see Watson with completions to Wes Hollaway and Glass. Clark and Shawn Thomas got carries and the Tigers drove to the 1-yard line before another Watson keeper would add to the lead. 


With 1:44 still in the first quarter, Dawson led 22-0.


The Dawson defense again made quick work of the Rebels, but the Fannin defense finally got the stop and the Tigers would have to punt.


Nathan Umberger picked up multiple stops including a tackle for loss on the next Rebel drive and Fannin would turn the ball over on downs.


Dawson began their next possession from their own 19 and Clark, Thomas and Cameron took the running duties while Watson again found Glass and Hunter Barron through the air. Clark picked up a rushing touchdown on third and three to make it 29-0.


Just before half Logan Barnes intercepted Chandler Smith and Dawson took the 29-0 lead to half.


Fannin attempted and recovered an onside kick to start the second half but could not generate any more on the offensive side of the ball.


Baloga picked up a tackle for loss on second and 10 to back up the Rebels. 


Dawson’s next drive began at their 17 and Watson found Chandler Caine for a 76-yard completion to add to the Tigers lead. Allen’s kick made it 36-0.


The Rebels’ next possession again proved fruitless and on first and 10 from the 19, Clark broke through and scored from 81 yards out.


The next series for the Rebels proved to be their only score on the night when they kicked a 38-yard field goal to make it 43-3 with 58 seconds in the third quarter. 


The win takes Dawson County to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in region play.


The Tigers host East Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. 


Check next week’s Dawson County News for full story.

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