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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: How the Tigers stack up against West Hall Spartans
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The Tigers offense awaits the play call against Gilmer County on Oct. 23. Photo by Paige Sweany of Sole Photography. - photo by File

The Dawson County Tigers football team will travel to Oakwood, Georgia to battle the West Hall Spartans on Oct. 30 for their third region game of the season. 

Dawson County vs West Hall 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at West Hall High School in Oakwood, Georgia. 

Records, rankings: West Hall is 2-5 (0-3 in region play) and not ranked; Dawson County is 3-3 (2-0 in region play) and ranked 13th in Class 3A by Maxpreps. 

Series history: Since 2004, Dawson County leads the series 4-3.

Last meeting: Dawson County over West Hall 34-0 on Sept. 13, 2019. 

What to know: Dawson County’s offense wins games. Throughout their three game win streak, the Tigers outscored their opponents 118-56. Head Coach Sid Maxwell told his team that their non-region schedule was to get them ready for region play and the Tigers look more than ready to win the region. Dawson County remains one of the three teams in the region who are undefeated in region play and should continue their streaks against the West Hall Spartans. Spartans’ quarterback Clayton Jenkins will need his offense to limit turnovers for the team to score enough points to have a chance of a victory against the Tigers. Coming off of a Tigers’ defensive shutout against Gilmer County the week before, the Spartans will have to play their best game of the season for their first region win of the year. 

Keys to the game: Dawson County: Mental strength. The Tigers’ victory against Gilmer County was the first time that the Tigers were favored in a game. They will once again be favorites against West Hall, but it will be important to limit turnovers and penalties once again to leave Oakwood victorious. 

West Hall: Offensive execution. To be able to beat Dawson County this season, offense is going to have to put up points in bunches. Other than a 50-0 victory against Johnson High School, the Spartans have not scored more than 22 points in a game this season.