A packed house at Tiger Stadium had their hopes dashed on Friday night. North Hall controlled both offense and defense and came away with a 47-14 win over the Dawson County High School Tigers.
The Tigers are currently 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 7-AAA play.
North Hall moved to 3-1 and 1-0 in the region.
North Hall scored on its first five possessions to take a commanding 34-7 lead at halftime.
Dawson County managed three first downs in the first half.
There were very few highlights for Dawson County in the first half.
A Tyler Dominy to Bruce Clark pass for a 45-yard reception with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter was one of the highlights for the much heralded Tiger offense.
Dominy finally put Dawson County on the board with 1 second remaining before halftime on a spectacular scramble. The Tiger quarterback dove head first into the end zone, exciting the crowd.
Max Muldoon added the extra point.
Head coach Jeff Lee's offense managed only one other score in the game.
"We came out flat," Lee said. "Tyler didn't have much time to set his feet, which led to a lot of pressure. We have got to get better against good teams if we want to move into the state playoffs. We did not tackle very well and that led to a lot of North Hall's success."
Late in the fourth quarter, Dominy hit Mitchell Putnam for a 44-yard pass that took the ball down to the 35 yard line.
Dominy then found Chris Sayler for a 34-yard touchdown strike to finish the Tigers' scoring. The score was 47-14 in favor of North Hall with 1:46 remaining.
Dominy finished the game completing 12 of 27 passes for 198 yards. Sayler was his leading receiver with two catches for 90 yards.
"That's a real confidence boost to play like we did tonight against a great team," North Hall coach Bob Christmas said. "We jumped on them so early that it gave us some breathing room, but were also able to finish strong."
North Hall finished the game with 375 rushing yards as the Tiger defense just couldn't find a way to stop the triple option.
The Tigers ended with very few rushing yards as the team was unable to get anything going in the ground game.
Trojan Kevin Christmas finished with 113 yards, while teammate T.J. Tate had 103 yards on the ground.
Dawson County must regroup as the team will travel to face Banks County on Friday. The Leopards are coming off a 69-0 shellacking by Buford.
"It is always tough playing at Banks County. They are tough and we must get ready for a battle," Lee said.
Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
DCN regional staff contributed to this article.