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FOOTBALL: Tigers dominate Lumpkin County Indians in Friday night matchup
FOOTBALL 11-13-20
Dakohta Sonnichsen runs into the end zone for a 69-yard touchdown catch against Lumpkin County. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers took care of business on Friday, Nov. 13, beating the Lumpkin County Indians 63-3. During the match the Tigers scored their most points in a single game since 2018. 

The Indians' field goal was the first score of the game, but the Tigers stole the momentum by scoring on their first offensive play and then returning the Indians’ fumble 100 yards for a touchdown. 

Quarterback Zach Holtzclaw and running back Isaiah Grindle both only played the first half but took care of business during their time in the game. Holtzclaw threw for three touchdowns on five completions and Grindle ran the ball into the end zone on six attempts. 

Dakohta Sonnichen led all receivers with 103-yard receiving and two receiving touchdowns. Tyler Lane and Tray Cohen both had receiving touchdowns. Backup quarterbacks Jaden Gibson and Christian Webb both ran into the end zone for touchdowns and backup running back Jackson Grindle ran the ball in for his first score of the game as well. Joey Glover scored the 100-yard fumble recovery. 

“It bounced our way this week,” Tigers Head Coach Sid Maxwell said after the game. “Started off slow...a little sluggish. We made the adjustments and made it a good football game.”

The Tigers held a 21-3 lead in the game by the beginning of the second quarter and took a 35-3 lead with them into halftime. By the end of the third quarter, the Tigers’ 56-3 lead was big enough for the running clock to activate in the fourth quarter. 

The second half touchdowns for Cohen, Webb and Grindle were their first of the season. Many players got their first taste of action during the second half of the night. Receivers Doug Pagel and Bailey Dameron both caught their first passes of the season and backup linebacker Will Whalen recovered the second of two Indians’ fumbles. 

The Tigers play their final regular-season game on Friday, Nov. 20 against the North Hall Trojans at North Hall High School. Both the Tigers and the Trojans have one region loss this season, so the winner of the game will go into the 2020 GHSA 3-A State tournament as the #2 seed from the 7-3A region, earning a home game for at least the first round and maybe more. The loser will go into the state tournament at the #3 seed. 

“We’ll get lined up like normal,” Maxwell said. “Have to play over at North Hall which is a tough place to play with their sideline but we’ll be working on being ready.”

The (5-4, 4-1) Tigers and the (5-4, 4-1) Trojans will play at 7:30 p.m.