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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Dawson County opens region play with red-hot White County Warriors
At the Dawson County Tiger's homecoming game against South Forsyth High School on Sept. 18, the high school's 2020 Homecoming Court was announced to the public. Paige Sweany | Sole Photography

Coming off a bye week and a major win against Northview High School, the Dawson County Tigers have a game against White County High School this week that should prove interesting, if history is anything to judge by.  

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming game. 

White County vs Dawson County 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 at Tiger Stadium in Dawsonville 

Records, rankings: White County is 4-0 and ranked 5th in Class 3A by MaxPreps; Dawson County is 1-3 and ranked 19th in Class 3A by MaxPreps

Series History: Since 2004, White County leads the series 2-1

Last meeting: White County vs Dawson County, 45-42 on September 22, 2017

What to Know: The White County Warriors will travel to Dawson County for the first region match of the season for both teams. 

The White County Warriors went undefeated through their region schedule, in great part to their starting senior quarterback J Ben Haynes. Haynes, the Warriors starting quarterback since his freshman year, had a game earlier this season where he threw for 190 yards and ran 113 yards for 303 yards of total offense, with two touchdowns. The Warriors competition this season has not been anything to laugh at either. White County opponents have a 9-9 combined record. Coming off of a bye week, White County beat their last opponent, Habersham Central, 28-21. The Warriors have scored 164 points this season and held their opponents to 81 points, with a 21-point average differential this season. 

Dawson County’s tough region schedule has resulted in only one victory so far this season, but watch out for this explosive offense. The Tigers offense scored 131 points in their last three games, averaging 43 points a game. Leading the offense is Tigers quarterback Zach Holtzclaw, who has 13 touchdowns. Jaden Gibson has five touchdowns and leads the team with 328 receiving yards. Starting running back Isaiah Grindle averages 5.7 yards per carry on 52 carries this season. The Tigers defense also has three interceptions on the season and Logan Berry leads the team with 3 sacks. The Tigers won their last game before the bye week at Northview High School 42-20. 

Keys to the game: Dawson County: Limit turnovers. Offenses look evenly matched so the Tigers will have to take care of the football to not give the Warriors an advantage. White County: Defensive back play. Dawson County can air it out and White County’s defense has either been red-hot or ice-cold.