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Tigers back in action on Friday
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The Tigers will be back in action against a very tough North Hall Trojan football team Friday night in Clermont.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

"After an open week, we get back to work in our region schedule for the remainder of the season," said Tiger head coach Jeff Lee.

North Hall is led by veteran head coach Bob Christmas. Christmas and his team played in the Class AAA state semi-finals last season before losing to St. Pius X, 31-6.

This year's Trojan team is senior laden.

The team consists of 26 seniors, led by versatile quarterback Andrew Smith. Smith is the team's leading rusher with 266 yards on 36 carries and four touchdowns this season.

"Though he may be the smallest player on the field, he plays a lot bigger than he is," Lee said.

Joining Smith in the Trojan backfield are running backs Zac Little (30 rushes for 262 yards and four TDs) and Brannon Dyer (26 attempts for 203 yards and two scores).

Christmas' offense known for just lining up and trying to pound opposing defenses. So far this season Smith has attempted just 12 passes, completing seven of them, for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

On defense the team is led by a trio of senior linebackers in David Epps (27 tackles), Destin Bennett (25 tackles) and Nolan Tucker (20 tackles).

So far this season, North Hall is 3-0 with wins over Chestatee, 33-15, Johnson, 63-6 and Jefferson, 41-34. Jefferson is the reigning Class AA State champion. The Trojans had a bye week last week as well.

This will be the first Region 7-AAA game of the year for North Hall.

"This will be a big game for both teams. As the winner can take an inside position for a home field playoff slot at the end of the season," Lee said.

Dawson County currently holds a 3-1 overall record and a 1-0 record in region 7-AAA. The Tigers have picked up wins over East Hall, 29-27, Lumpkin County, 27-23 and Forsyth Central, 23-20.

The only mark on the Tiger record was a 31-0 loss to undefeated North Forsyth.

"If you want a seat, our folks had better get there early. There should be a huge crowd," Lee said.