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Football schedule finalized, Tigers continue North Hall rivalry
The Tigers defense lines up during the spring game last month. They will face two new teams in Region 7-3A this upcoming season in Pickens County and Wesleyan. - photo by Rio White

With summer practices in full gear, the Dawson County football team has finalized its schedule for the upcoming season. 

A number of schools in northern Georgia will be in new classifications and regions heading into the next school year, with a few of those schools set to face the Tigers.

Familiar foe North Hall will be reclassified as a 4A school but will at least remain on the football schedule as an important date for the team and community to have circled. 

This fall, the Tigers will travel to play the Trojans on Friday, Sept. 2.

A week earlier, DCHS will visit Suwanee to face head coach Sid Maxwell’s previous team, Lambert.

The matchup will be the first time Maxwell faces the Longhorns since joining Dawson County in 2015.

DCHS head coach Sid Maxwell will face his previous team Lambert for the second game of the season. - photo by Rio White

A potentially exciting local game will be on the cards in early October, when newly reclassified Pickens County will make the trek over to Tiger Stadium.

The previously 4A Dragons are now also one of two newcomers to Region 7-3A along with Wesleyan School in Norcross. 

Wesleyan made the switch from Class A Private Region 5 and will host the Tigers on Friday, Oct. 14.

The other two non-region games include the season opener on Friday, Aug. 19, at home against 6A side Jackson County and a home game against fellow 3A side Stephens County on Friday, Sept. 9.

Those two teams played each other last season, with Stephens coming out on top 29-12.

Rounding out the schedule will be the remainder of the Region 7-3A matchups, with home games against West Hall and Gilmer County and away games against White County and Lumpkin County.