The Dawson County Tigers state playoff run ended Friday in the Sweet Sixteen with a 58-13 loss on the road to the defending state champion Cedar Grove Saints.
The Saints opening drive began at their own 26 and ended on a Xavier Dennis 64-yard touchdown pass to Jadon Haselwood. Cedar Grove went up 7-0 with 8:21 in the first and never trailed.
Dawson’s second possession ended abruptly when Haselwood picked off a Coey Watson pass.
The first play from scrimmage on the ensuing Saints’ drive saw Darrell Neal ii run it in for another Cedar Grove touchdown.
The Tigers would begin again from their own 17 and Vaughn Clark was able to grind out yards on the ground. Watson found Ethan Cameron on multiple downs before a jet sweep to Cameron who got in from 2 yards out.
The Peyton Allen extra point attempt was no good and with 3:07 in the first, the score was 14-6.
The momentum seemed to swing to the Tigers when they recovered the Saints fumble on the kickoff return, but Dawson was unable to convert.
Cedar Grove would take over after a Dawson punt and Dennis would complete a pass to Trevon Richardson for another touchdown to take it to 20-6.
The Saints would score again late in the second quarter on a Chevon Wright run to make it 27-6.
Dawson sustained another drive just before half, but a field goal attempt failed.
On the next Saints drive, a completion to Israel Spivey added a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to make it 35-6 at half.
The open the third, Dawson County attempted and recovered the onside kick and a sustained drive was cut short with a fumble in the red zone.
The Tiger D came up with a stop but the next possession would end when the Dawson went for it on fourth and 23 with a fake that resulted in an interception.
Cedar Grove would score again on a Haselwood 25-yard reception to make it 42-6.
The Saints were able to pick up a safety and then convert again on the next possession with another Neal ii rushing touchdown taking the score to 51-6.
Another Dawson drive ended with an interception and the Saints would once again take advantage with Richardson making an 18-yard touchdown reception.
With under a minute in the third quarter, Cedar Grove held a 58-6 lead.
Watson would connect with Clark to end the next Dawson drive with a 9-yard touchdown reception. After Allen’s extra point, the score was 58-13 with 10:14 to play.
The Tigers season ends at 8-4 overall and 5-1 in region play.