Dawson County football fans got a preview of this season’s team last Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.
Loyal Tiger followers, and many of them, braved a 40-minute weather delay to watch their team battle Sonoraville High School from Gordon County.
Both teams battled to a 0-0 tie in a shortened three quarter game.
Defensively, the Tigers looked in midseason form. Sonoraville had a difficult time with their running attack because of the swarming Dawson defense.
“I thought we did pretty good, especially on defense,” said Tiger Head Coach Jeff Lee. “In three quarters they only had one successful third down try, that is pretty good. I thought Nick Marsh at linebacker and Eian Perry at linebacker really stood out for the defense.”
Junior quarterback Ethan Brown led the offense from behind center.
Lee remarked about his new option offense: “We had a set number of plays we wanted to run, and we feel that we were able to accomplish that. Ethan Brown at quarterback ran the offense for the first time and did a good job executing the reads. Eian Perry at running back played well.”
The Tigers looked well oiled on offense, moving the ball inside Sonoraville’s 20-yard line three times. Dawson took over the ball with nine minutes to go in the third quarter. Brown led the team down to the 5-yard line as time ran out, ending the game.
“That drive was real impressive. That’s exactly what we want to do, run time off the clock,” said Lee.
“We have to work on our backside blocking and keeping our line splits. I thought our skill people did well. We will correct our mistakes on the line this week in preparation for Lumpkin,” Lee added.
“The weather did not affect us. Overall, I’m pleased where we are right now. The crowd was real good considering the weather,” said Lee.
The team will now prepare for Lumpkin County in Dahlonega this Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
Lumpkin played to a 7-7 tie with West Forsyth during their scrimmage last week.
The Tigers pulled off a 26-23 win last year in front of a huge crowd at Tiger Stadium against the Lumpkin County Indians.