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FOOTBALL PREVIEW: What to know headed into the Tigers matchup against Lumpkin County
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Tigers defenders attack the Cherokee Bluff running back during the 28-27 loss to Cherokee Bluff on November 6. - photo by Paige Sweany for the Dawson County News

Dawson County vs Lumpkin County 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Records, rankings: Dawson County is 4-4 (3-1 in region play) and ranked #21 in Class 3A by Maxpreps; Lumpkin County is 0-8 (0-4 in region play) and is not ranked. 

Series history: Dawson County leads the series 9-2 all-time.

Last meeting: Dawson County over Lumpkin County 45-0 on Sept. 27, 2019. 

What to know: Lumpkin County has struggled all season long. The Indians are being outscored by opponents 333-60 through eight games this season. They are ranked as the worst team in Class 3A by MaxPreps. If Dawson County loses this game, something is wrong. The Tigers have been fantastic on offense for the majority of the season. Quarterback Zach Holtzclaw should feast on the Indians’ defense. With Jaden Gibson back from injury, Holtzclaw has his three favorite targets in Gibson, Dakohta Sonnichsen and Tyler Lane on the field. If not through the air, expect Isaiah Grindle and Conley Dyer to punish Lumpkin County on the ground. Grindle has almost 700 yards on the ground this season and may have a heavy workload early against the Indians if things get ugly. 

Keys to the game: Dawson County: Turnovers. The Tigers had another costly turnover against Cherokee Bluff last week that kept them out of the end zone and changed the narrative of the game. It will be important for Dawson County to stress holding onto the ball to get ready for North Hall. 

Lumpkin County: Defense. The Indians have allowed 333 points to opponents all season, or 41.6 points per game. If they cannot figure their defensive schemes out against Dawson County, it will be a brutal finish for the Indians.