The Dawson County Tigers extended their win streak to four games after beating the West Hall Spartans 38-21 on the road on Friday night.
The Spartans fought the Tigers hard all throughout the first half, keeping the score tied 7-7 with just 5.9 seconds left in the first half. But Caleb Bonesteel converted a field goal to end the half, giving the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.
The Tigers ran the ball 43 times and ran the ball into the end zone for four of their five touchdowns. Conley Dyer led with 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Isaiah Grindle ran for 96 yards, Dakohta Sonnichsen ran for 53 yards and a touchdown and Zach Holtzclaw ran for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Holtzclaw completed 15 of 25 pass attempts for 197 yards with no interceptions. His lone touchdown in the air came on a 68-yard bomb to Tyler Lane. Lane led all receivers with 81 yards.
The Tigers’ first touchdown of the game came after Cade Adams recovered a West Hall fumble on the Spartans two-yard line. Holtzclaw ran the ball in on the next play to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first quarter.
The Spartans fumbled three times in the first half but the Adams recovery was the only fumble that they lost. The Tigers also fumbled twice in the game but only lost one possession. Those fumbles were the only turnovers all game.
A 14-play drive by West Hall on their next possession ended in a Spartans’ touchdown to tie the game at 7-7. Nobody would score again until Bonesteel’s field goal at the end of the first half.
Sonnichsen started the second half off scoring a 57-yard touchdown run to make the score 17-7 with 7:39 left in the third quarter. The Tigers drove the ball back to the red zone again on their next offensive possession, but scored no points.
Dyer scored the first of his two touchdowns with 9:54 left in the fourth quarter. West Hall needed only one play to score on an 85-yard touchdown pass but the Tigers responded immediately with the Lane touchdown catch. Another touchdown by the Spartans and Dyer’s second touchdown of the game ended a night of football for both teams.
Other than the shutout against Gilmer County last week, the 21 points scored by West Hall this game is the lowest amount of points that the Tigers defense has given up all season. During their four-game win streak, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 156-77, beating their opponents by nearly 20 points on average.
The (4-3) Tigers will host their final regular home game of the season next Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m, against the undefeated (7-0) Cherokee Bluff Bobcats. The Bobcats have allowed only 33 points to be scored against them all season and will surely highlight the Tigers season as a must-watch game.