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Tigers football shuts out West Hall 51-0 for fourth straight victory
Junior wide receiver Doug Pagel celebrates an amazing toe-tap touchdown in the back corner of the end zone during the 51-0 blowout victory against West Hall on Friday, Oct. 15. - photo by Jacob Smith

There was not much to talk about at the end of the Dawson County High School football game on Friday night against West Hall. 

The lopsided scoreboard said everything anybody needed to. 

The Tigers football team scored seven touchdowns while shutting West Hall out in a 51-0 blowout victory Friday night. 

“We were able to capitalize, run down, hold them out and come out strong,” Tigers head coach Sid Maxwell said after the game. “We played well on both sides of the ball and special teams. When you execute, you’ve got an opportunity.”

Seven different Tigers scored touchdowns in Friday night’s win. Senior quarterback Zach Holtzclaw led his receiving core to three of those touchdowns; one a 36-yard bomb to senior Braedon Hubbard, one a beautiful back-of-the-endzone fade to junior Doug Pagel and another 40-yard bomb to senior Bailey Dameron. Holtzclaw finished 12-for-23 with 226 yards passing. 

Friday night’s win was the Tigers fourth in a row, but a more impressive streak might be the one Dameron has put together. Not only has Dameron been the Tigers’ leading receiver every game this season, this is also the seventh game in a row where Dameron has received over 100 yards in the game. He finished Friday night’s game with seven catches and 157 yards receiving. 

“[Dameron] has been running routes in the rain for three years to get to this moment,” Maxwell said. “Last year, he was covered up by some pretty good receivers, but he has far exceeded my expectations. He just keeps getting better.”

Until Friday, the least amount of points the Tigers had allowed in a single game this season was 13 against Northview earlier in the season. Kade Moledor, AJ Moore, Logan Berry and Cade Adams all contributed for sacks in the game, with Matt Bennett intercepting a pass. Additionally, Walker Massey recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. 

“Coach Woodall and my whole defensive staff work hard,” “We can’t make the plays but we can put them into position to make the plays and that’s what the guys did tonight.” 

The remainder of the Tigers’ touchdowns Friday night came from their rushing attack. Five different Tigers combined for 140 rushing yards. Senior Conley Dyer led the way with a game-high 89 rushing yards on seven attempts, scoring a touchdown. Rushing touchdowns also came from senior Jackson Grindle and freshman Davis Glass. 

With a win, the Tigers guarantee they will finish at least 3-3 in the Region 7-3A standings this season. However, they have three more remaining games to go after a region championship. Cherokee Bluff and North Hall also remain undefeated in region play so far this season. 

“We’re in position right now to make our way into the playoffs,” Maxwell said. “This is three in a row, right? The good thing is we’re on pace to get into the playoffs on seven straight wins. We can’t focus on anything other than ourselves and they’re a very good opponent. Can’t worry about them though, always just have to focus on us getting better.” 

The Tigers will face off next Friday, Oct. 22 at Cherokee Bluff High School against the Bears. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.