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Tigers football unable to capture first win of season, fall 42-17 to South Forsyth
Christian Webb
Christian Webb makes a cut during Dawson County’s game against South Forsyth on Friday, Sept. 3. - photo by David Roberts

The Dawson County Tigers football team was unable to secure their first win of the season on the road at South Forsyth on Friday, Sept. 3, losing 42-17 to the War Eagles. 

The Tigers had a tremendous first half, only down 21-17 as time expired. However, South Forsyth started the second half on fire and kept all the momentum, not allowing another point. 

Bailey Dameron once again had a great game for the Tigers at receiver, catching seven passes for 141 yards. Prior to a second half shoulder injury, according to Maxwell, Jackson Grindle had seven carries for 83 yards, including a huge 56-yard run that set up a Tiger touchdown.

Tigers quarterback Zach Holtzclaw completed 11 of his 25 passes Friday night for 198 yards. Though he did not get any passing touchdowns, Holtzclaw ran the ball five times for 10 yards and two touchdowns. The other score came on a 21-yard field goal by Dom LeBlanc. 

Kade Moledor once again was all over the South Forsyth quarterback, sacking him twice to bring his total to four sacks through the first three games. Additionally, A.J. Moore recorded his first sack of the season in Friday’s game. 

After Grindle was sidelined for the rest of the game, Blake Arp and Alex Stewart saw some of their first varsity action at running back. The duo combined for 14 carries and 31 yards. 

Last season, the Tigers lost a thrilling 63-49 match against South Forsyth. The Tigers converted an onside-kick down a touchdown with 1:14 left in the game and had the ball in the red zone, but Holtzclaw’s pass got tipped into the air as time expired, with the War Eagles returning it for a pick-six. 

The Tigers (0-3) return to the gridiron Friday, Sept. 10 to battle the Northview Titans (0-2). The Titans have been outscored 103-8 so far this season. In last year’s game at Northview, the Tigers won 42-20 for their first win of the season. 

Friday night’s game at Dawson County High School will start at 7:30 p.m.