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PREVIEW: How the Dawson County Tigers matchup against region foe Gilmer County
At the Dawson County Tiger's homecoming game against South Forsyth High School on Sept. 18, the high school's 2020 Homecoming Court was announced to the public. Paige Sweany | Sole Photography

The Gilmer County Bobcats will travel to Dawson County for their third region match of the season and Dawson County’s second.

Gilmer County vs Dawson County 

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 at Tiger Stadium in Dawsonville 

Records, rankings: Gilmer County is 3-2 (1-1 in region play) and not ranked; Dawson County is 2-3 (1-0 in region play) and ranked 16th in Class 3A by MaxPreps

Series History: Since 2004, Gilmer County leads the series 2-1

Last meeting: Dawson County over Gilmer County, 23-9 on Sept. 4, 2015

What to Know: Gilmer County will be the first run heavy team that Dawson County has played this season. The Bobcats have attempted only 22 passes all season, with just nine of them completed. However, starting running back Kobe Stonecipher packs a heavy punch on the ground. He averages 147 rushing yards a game this season and can kill momentum with his speed, like he did to Lumpkin County when the Bobcats won 62-7 earlier this season. Gilmer’s three wins are against teams with a combined record of (3-13). They will need to hope that Stonecipher plays an electric game for a chance to beat the Tigers. 

Dawson County’s tough region schedule proved to be worth it after the statement win over White County on Oct. 9. Coming off of a bye week should have everybody on the team well rested and ready to attack another region opponent. Dawson County’s offense continues to be the driving force for their victories. Quarterback Zach Holtzclaw’s 19 touchdowns through five games have made him a force to be reckoned within the region. His performance is one to watch against a Bobcat defense who has not let more than 24 points be scored on them yet this season. 

Keys to the game: Dawson County: Defensive aggression. This Gilmer County team is different from any other opponent the Tigers have played this season. The defense has to stay fresh and aggressive for the offense to continue to pour out points. 

Gilmer County: Play calling. If they get down early against the Tigers, their passing game could get exposed so it will be important for the coach to stay on his toes.