It took the Dawson County Tigers football team no time at all to zap any chance of Gilmer pulling off the upset from the Bobcat sidelines; the Tigers has 21 points in the first six minutes of Friday night’s game.
The Tigers refused to take their foot off the gas pedal, winning the game 52-21 for their third win a row, moving to 3-3 on the season.
“Our offense came out smoking,” Tigers head football coach Sid Maxwell said.
Just like every other defense the Tigers have faced the season, nobody from Gilmer could slow down senior wide receiver Bailey Dameron. In just a little over two quarters played tonight, Dameron led the Tigers in receptions (8) and receiving yards (136). Prior to the start of the game, Dameron was 11th in the state in receiving yards with 606.
Including Dameron, seven different Tigers scored their seven touchdowns. Holtzclaw threw three passing touchdowns, one to Dameron, a 31-yard pass to senior Braedon Hubbard and a 26-yard touchdown to sophomore Dom LeBlanc, LeBlanc’s first touchdown of his varsity career. Holtzclaw ended the game throwing 15-for-20 with 226 yards.
The Tigers moved the ball well on the ground as well, with senior Jackson Grindle running back rushing for 84 yards and two touchdowns and senior Conley Dyer rushing for 38 yards and a touchdown.
Maxwell said practice had been “horrible” and almost impossible to keep his players in a good routine. He said that he was disappointed that his defense did not seem to stick to the playbook throughout the week and the ever-changing practice schedule might have something to do with it.
“A little disappointed that the boys didn’t run the system,” Maxwell said. “I don’t look at the scoreboard. It matters how we’re playing. We had some breakdowns in the option defense. Hopefully our defense learns from this….everyone has to do their part.”
Cherokee Bluff and North Hall join Dawson County as the three undefeated teams in Region 7-3A. Dawson County will go for their fourth win in a row next week against West Hall at home.