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Explosive offense carries the Tigers into the second round of the GHSA state playoffs
Defense shuts down state’s leading rusher
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The Dawson County Tigers defense converges on the Rebels’ Treylon Sheppard Nov. 9. - photo by Bob Christian
The first round of the Georgia High School Association football playoff’s got underway on Friday as the Dawson County Tigers (No. 2, 3AAA) hosted the Haralson County Rebels (No. 3, 6AAA) at Tiger Stadium in Dawsonville. Featuring two high-powered rushing attacks the teams combined for 66 points in a wild game that ended with the Tigers advancing to the second round with a 44 – 22 victory over the Rebels that was much closer than the final score indicated. Led by the state’s top rusher Treylon Sheppard, who came into the game as the fastest back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in state history with a total of 2,874 yards on the season, the Rebels immediately began pounding the ball into the middle of the Tigers defensive line on their opening drive. Knowing the threat, the Tigers defense, led by junior Daniel Brock and senior Logan Barnes (who combined for 24 tackles on the night), forced an opening three-and-out.