The Dawson County Tigers opened region play on Friday night with a convincing win over the North Hall Trojans.
The Tigers imposed their will on the Trojans on both sides of the football from early in the game.
The opening drive for Dawson took 2 minutes and 28 seconds off the clock and saw quarterback Coey Watson complete passes to Ethan Cameron and Ryan Glass.
Vaughn Clark ran effectively for the Tigers and a Watson keeper put the first six points on the board.
Peyton Allen’s extra point made it 7-0.
The Dawson defense forced a three and out for the Trojans and the Tigers drove from their own 16-yard line.
The Dawson County offensive line proved solid allowing Clark to generate yards on the ground.
With 4:23 in the first, the Tigers settled for an Allen 33-yard field goal to go up 10-0.
The Tigers and Trojans then traded three and outs before the next North Hall drive. Jason Velasquez, T.J. Wilson and Nate Umberger were problematic for the Trojan offense and North Hall was forced to punt it to the Tiger 29.
Dawson’s next drive was again powered by Clark’s running before Watson found Ryan Glass for another touchdown with 4:32 until the half.
The Tigers would retain the 17-0 lead heading to the break after a Trojan interception short circuited the next Dawson possession.
In the third quarter, the Trojans would start from their 20. Jason Browning, Velasquez, Barnes and Taylor Swofford continued to disrupt the North Hall offense before they were forced to punt to the Tiger 27.
Unable to sustain the drive, Dawson punted and the Trojans’ next outing ended at the 16 where a 33-yard field goal try was no good.
On the following Tiger possession, Clark began with an 18-yard run to the 38. A completion to Glass two plays later gave Dawson a first and 10 at the 49.
A completion to Clark would put Dawson at the North Hall 13 and the hurry up offense had two more runs from Clark before he carried it in for the third Tiger touchdown.
After the extra point, Dawson had a 24-0 lead.
The next Trojan possession was snuffed out by Swofford and Barnes and Dawson began again from their own 38-yard line.
Clark’s running and a completion to Cameron put the Tigers in striking position again. Clark would run it in and a missed extra point made it 30-0 with 5:50 to play.
North Hall would add a touchdown with 24 seconds left in the game to prevent the shutout.
The win takes Dawson County to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in region play. The Tigers will travel next week to Union County.
Check the Wednesday edition of the Dawson County News for a complete game wrap up.