When it mattered most, the Dawson County Tigers put together a dominating 26-8 victory against North Hall High School to finish second place in Region 7-3A and will host a GHSA 3A state tournament playoff game next week.
“It was a total effort,” Tigers head coach Sid Maxwell said after the game. “The coaches had them well prepared and the kids executed and played hard. Offensively, we were able to click. Defensively, we were lights out.”
The game was controlled by the Tigers for all 48 minutes. Headed into halftime, Dawson had a 17-0 lead over the Trojans. Senior quarterback Zach Holtzclaw connected with senior Braedon Hubbard twice in the first half, once for a 74-yard touchdown and the other for a 70-yard touchdown.
Holtzclaw finished the game completing 10 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Hubbard connected with Holtzclaw on another 30-yard completion, rounding his night out with 174 receiving yards. Senior Conley Dyer led the rushing attack for the Tigers, carrying the ball 12 times for 74 yards and a touchdown.
“We’ve gotten better each week,” Maxwell said. “This is a sweet one to be region runner-up.”
The Tigers defense played phenomenally all night. They held the Trojans scoreless into the fourth quarter. Dawson held North Hall to 102 rushing yards, a group that earned over 400 rushing yards against Cherokee Bluff. Senior AJ Moore sacked the quarterback twice, once in the end zone to record a safety.
Juniors Kade Moledor and Kevin Haymond both laid punishing hits on tackles for losses, with Moledor’s resulting in a fumble recovery for the Tigers defense.
Tonight’s victory continues Maxwell’s stretch of making the state playoffs every season since taking over at Dawson County.
At the time of publication, it had yet to be determined who Dawson County will host in the first round of the state playoffs. This article will be updated once that information is available.