The Dawson County Tigers football team secured their first win of the season Friday, Sept. 10 in a 52-7 blowout against the Northview Titans.
“We focused on us,” Tigers head coach Sid Maxwell said after the game. “We just tried to get better. We need to get where we can play a clean game. We can’t make stupid mistakes and have a fundamental breakdown. We’ve had some pretty good opponents that have exposed some of our weaknesses so we know how we need to get better.”
After winning their first game of the year against Northview in 2020, the Tigers replicated that success immediately on the field. Dom LeBlanc converted a field goal attempt on the first drive of the game. The Titans went three-and-out on their first possession and then Cade Adams tackled the punter, who fumbled and Logan Berry recovered the football for a touchdown.
On the Titans’ next drive, junior linebacker Kade Moledor intercepted the pass and ran the pass into the endzone for a Tigers’ touchdown. Additionally, Elijah Smith intercepted two passes for the Tigers defense.
By halftime, rushing touchdowns by Blake Arp, Alex Stewart and Zach Holtzclaw, along with a passing touchdown from Holtzclaw to Bailey Dameron, gave the Tigers a 45-0 lead headed into halftime. Overall, seven different players scored a touchdown for the Tigers Friday night.
“We’ve got a couple guys who we feel that can be good,” Maxwell said. “We love to see them make that play and gain some confidence and get that shot in the arm to propel them to success.”
Maxwell inserted his B-team offense and defense for the entire second half. The defense did allow one touchdown, but backup quarterback Sawyer Bearden ran in for a touchdown in the second half to finalize the score. Arp, Bearden and Stewart each scored their first touchdown of their varsity career in Friday’s game.
The win finishes Dawson County’s non-region schedule in preparation for the upcoming Region 7-3A schedule. The Tigers replicated their 2020 non-region schedule from last season and finished with the same record (1-3).
After no game on Friday, Sept. 17, the Tigers continue their schedule Friday, Sept. 24 against White County High School, with a week off. Last season, the Tigers won their game against White County 41-35. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.
“We’ve got a challenge in two weeks against White County to start off our region play,” Maxwell said. “We’re going to have to compete. As long as we don’t have the penalties, don’t shoot ourselves in the foot and play fundamentally sound, we should have a good football game. Again, that comes to us being able to execute on all phases.”