The winning streak is now at eight games for the Dawson County High School varsity boys' soccer team. Coach Jed Lacey's team swept all three games at the Tournament of Champions in Jekyll Island on March 13-15.
Dawson County outscored its opponents 14-4 to take wins over Mt. Paran, 3-1, Kell, 7-1 and Creekview, 4-2.
"It was a tremendous three days in Jekyll Island. This is two years in a row that we came out of the tournament with three straight wins. We come down here each year to play some of the top teams in the state," Lacey said. "The competition here is unreal. We played three very good teams. Each team played a different style of game, which was good to see to get ready for the state playoffs. The last game against Creekview was a war. They are one of the best five-A schools in the state. They (Creekview) were undefeated. Creekview did give us a challenge and by playing a team with that type of talent only made us better."
The opening game on March 13 against Mt. Paran was decided early with two quick goals by Brandon Lund and David Velasquez that gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Assists came from Sal Mendoza and Randy Schultz.
Mt. Paran scored to open the second half and trimmed Dawson's lead to 2-1.
The Tigers put the game away with a score by Lund, his second of the game, with 18 minutes remaining.
On Friday, the Tigers faced a physical Kell team.
Dawson County set the tone early and took a 3-0 halftime lead on goals by Alan Sanchez (27:00), Lund (23:38) and another goal by Sanchez (23:00).
The Tigers opened the second half with three goals in a span of five minutes to put the game away with a 6-0 advantage.
Lund added another goal with 23 minutes remaining for his fourth score of the contest.
Kell scored on a penalty kick.
Dawson County's last game of the tournament was against a good Creekview team from nearby Cherokee County.
Cole Edwards opened the scoring on an assist from Lund to give Dawson County a 1-0 lead with 25 minutes left. It was the ninth goal of the season for Edwards.
Creekview answered with a goal of its own seven minutes later on a penalty kick that tied the game 1-1.
Lund capitalized again with a score with just eight minutes remaining before halftime on an assist by Edwards.
Creekview was fouled again inside the box, which gave them their second penalty kick of the game with just more than four minutes before the half.
The game was tied 2-2 at halftime.
Both teams played hard on the defensive end to start the second half. The Tigers took the lead on a pass from Velasquez that found the foot of Edwards with just 10 minutes to go in the game, giving Dawson County a 3-2 advantage.
Dawson County sealed the game with less than six minutes to go on another goal by Lund that gave the Tigers a hard fought 4-2 win.
Lund had an amazing tournament with eight goals and three assists.
Brooks Fulford was the goalie in all three games.
"Teams really got to find out firsthand how good our front line really is," Lacey said. "Our guys just play so well together. Sal Mendoza, Alan Sanchez, Josh Litherland, Randy Schultz, Jacob Miller, Drew Bishop and David Velasquez just dominated the middle of the pitch."
Dawson County will be on the road this week as Region 7-AAA play begins. The Tigers will travel to Cleveland on Friday to face White County (4-6-0).
Next Tuesday the Tigers have a date at Buford (2-5-1).
Both games kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
"We are hitting on all cylinders right now and we have to stay injury free. Region play is coming up and our region is one of the best in state in AAA. We have four teams ranked in the top 10 in our region," Lacey said.
The Tigers are currently ranked No. 3 in Class AAA with a 8-1-0 record. Dawson County is 1-0 in region play.