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Dawson takes down rival Lumpkin
Tigers win 42-21 on the road; remain perfect in region play
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Dawson County Coey Watson had five touchdowns against the Lumpkin Indians taking him past the 100 touchdown milestone during his career with the Tigers. - photo by Amy French

The Dawson County Tigers maintained their perfect region record on Friday with a win over Lumpkin County on the road in a game where quarterback Coey Watson got his 100th career touchdown.

Watson had 236 yards—189 passing and 47 rushing while accounting for five touchdowns.

The Tigers won the toss and deferred to the second half but would not score until their second possession of the night. Ethan Cameron carried for the Tigers before a Watson keeper for 39 yards put Dawson in scoring position.

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Vaughn Clark gets the handoff from Coey Watson during Dawson County's 42-21 win on the road over Lumpkin. Dawson remains perfect in the region and will face GAC for the region championship on Nov. 3. - photo by Amy French
Vaughn Clark took the Tigers to the 3 before Watson would run in his first score.

Caleb Bonesteel tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 with 3:58 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Indians Evan Abernathy broke free for a run to the Tiger 13 with Noah Brock saving the touchdown.

Dawson would help the Lumpkin drive with a personal foul to give the Indians first and goal at the 1-yard line. Julian Hazen ran it in to even things at 7 with 10:59 until the half.

After a stalled drive, the Indians next possession ended with a missed field goal.

Dawson began again from their 20 and after a short completion to Shawn Thomas, a pitch out to Clark would result in a 74-yard run to the 1. Clark finished with 188 yards on the ground and one touchdown.

Watson would punch it in on the next play and another Bonesteel extra point made it 14-7.

On the ensuing Indian drive, Chance Armstrong would pick up four stops for the Tiger defense before recovering a Lumpkin fumble giving Dawson the ball at their own 44.

Dawson capitalized on the opportunity with a Clark run for 9 before Watson found Ryan Glass from 36 yards out to add to the Tiger lead. Peyton Allen added the extra point to make it 21-7 with 1:35 in the half.

Glass had two touchdowns and 188 yards receiving for the Tigers.

Lumpkin recovered their onside kick to open the second half and were able to move the ball starting from their 48.

After a Chandler Woodham completion to Hazen at the 11, a Luke Smith carry would result in a facemask call against the Tigers to give the Indians first and goal at the 6.

A holding penalty would push Lumpkin back, but Woodham scored from 14 yards out. 

It was 21-14 Dawson with 8:13 in the third.

On first down from the 10, Cameron picked up a 26-yard run. Clark would fuel the drive with his own carry for another 30 yards and Watson earned another rushing touchdown taking him to 100 total TDs in his Dawson County career. This time the extra point was no good and the Tigers led 27-14 with 6:14 in the third.

Dawson stopped the next Indian drive, but Zac Baloga went down with an injury and had to leave the game.

The Tigers began again from their own 35 and three plays later, Watson found glass for 57 yards to get it to the Indian 1. This time Clark carried it in to add 6 more.

Watson scored the 2-point conversion to take it to 35-14 just before the start of the fourth period.

After what looked like a three and out for the Indians, a fake punt gave them a first down at the Tiger 35 but Armstrong picked off Woodham and gave it to the Tigers at their 45.

On second and 15 at the Indian 44 Watson connected with Glass again, this time on a post route and the PAT made it 42-14 with 10:11 to play.

A sustained Indians drive took them as far as the Dawson 5 before Taylor Swofford sacked Woodham for a loss. 

With 40 seconds in the game, Lumpkin was able to add another touchdown on an Abernathy run to make the final 42-21.

Dawson County is now 7-2 overall and 5-0 in region play. The Tigers will travel to Greater Atlanta Christian next week. The Spartans (8-1, 5-0) are also undefeated in the region and the winner will be 7-AAA region champions.

The game will be at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at GAC.