Senior running back Hunter Mitchell scored four touchdowns, one in each quarter, to lead the Dawson County High School varsity Tigers to their first region championship in school history.
Mitchell rushed for more than 180 yards in the 41-0 home victory over Region 7-AAA rival Lumpkin County.
The win, by first-year head coach Sid Maxwell, will guarantee a first round state playoff home game against the No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAA.
Dawson County has one more game, on the road, next Friday night at Johnson High School in Gainesville in a non-region game.
The Tigers opened the scoring with a 60-yard run by Mitchell with 5:20 left in the first quarter. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful and gave Dawson County a 6-0 lead.
Mitchell, one-yard, and Logan Hurst, 6-yards, scored rushing touchdowns in the second quarter to open up a 21-0 halftime advantage.
The Tigers put the game away in the third quarter on a 39-yard pass from quarterback Coey Watson to favorite receiver Tucker Maxwell for a 28-0 advantage.
The second touchdown of the quarter came on a 1-yard score from Mitchell.
Dawson County is now 6-3 overall and 5-1 in region play.