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Tigers pick up win
Take down Fannin, 54-12
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Defensive back Mitchell Putnam breaks up a pass against Fannin County. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

The Tigers needed a big win and they got it Friday night.

The team dominated Fannin County in Blue Ridge and came away with a, 54-12, win.

Coach Jeff Lee's team controlled the game early and took a 21-0 lead with 5:48 left in the first quarter.

Dawson County never looked back.

With the victory and a win at West Hall this Friday, the Tigers will capture fourth place in Region 7-AAA and qualify for the state playoffs.

Dawson County is now 5-4 overall and 3-3 in region play.

The Rebels dropped to 1-8 and 0-6 in region play.

Dawson County used a quick strike offense all evening. Five of the team's eight touchdowns were scored with two plays or less.

Tyler Dominy had a great night throwing the football.

Dominy completed 13-of-16 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns. He was removed after the third quarter with Dawson leading, 48-12.

The Tigers started the scoring on a Dominy to Jackson Putnam 45-yard touchdown pass.

Max Muldoon added the extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with only 2 minutes gone in the first quarter.

The Tiger defense stopped Fannin on the Rebels next drive.

This time it took only one play as Dominy found Mitchell Putnam on a beautiful 71-yard scoring pass.

Muldoon added the point after to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 6:53 remaining.

Fannin's next possession was stopped after an interception on the 35-yard line by Keaton Toal. Toal returned the pick 24-yards, down to the 11-yard line.

Once again it took Dominy and the offense only one play to score.

Dominy lobbed the ball into the right corner of the end zone. Senior receiver Bruce Clark reached high for the reception.

The point after after was good. Dawson led 21-0 with 5:58 left in the opening quarter.

The Rebels then went on a nine-play march that culminated with a 1-yard run. The point after attempt was not good, and fell short of the crossbar.

Dawson County remained in the lead, 21-6.

Fannin's defense got its only stop of the game on Dawson County's next possession.

Lee decided to go for a first down on 4th and 10 yards to go.

Dominy completed a pass to Cody Lamar for 6-yards, but it was short and gave the ball back to Fannin County.

The Rebel drive came to an end when Tiger linebacker Zach Martin intercepted a pass over the middle.

Martin returned the ball 26-yards putting the ball on the Dawson's own 45 yard line.

It took the Tigers two plays to get into the endzone.

Dominy hooked up with wide receiver Will Anglin for a 43-yard score.

With the extra point it was now 28-6 with 9:08 remaining in the second quarter.

Anglin led all Tiger receivers with six catches for 103 yards and one touchdown.

Lee's team added two more touchdowns before intermission.

Both scores were by senior running back Zach Martin.

The first came from a 5-yard run with 6:54 to go in the second quarter.

The last touchdown was on a spectacular 78-yard catch and run from back-up quarterback Zach Buchan with only 1:23 remaining before intermission.

Dawson held a commanding, 41-6, advantage at halftime.

The Tigers added one more touchdown by their first team in the third quarter.

Dominy hit Clark on a 57-yard scoring strike to give Dawson County a huge 48-6 lead.

Clark completed the game with three catches for 131 yards and two scores.

Fannin scored on a 65-yard reception in the third. It was a little too late for the Rebels.

"We really needed a night like this," Lee said. "I thought we had a good night. It was a chance for us to play some of our younger players. Our sophomores played well.

"We got a chance to play Chris Sayler exclusively on defense, at cornerback. I thought he made some athletic plays out there tonight.

"Our offensive line played well for the fourth straight game. Most of the players on the line will be back next year," Lee added.

The Rebels have one more game this season against East Hall at home this Friday night.

Fannin's only win this season is against West Hall, Dawson County's next opponent.

The Spartans come into the contest with a 3-6 record.

West Hall is 2-4 in Region 7-AAA action. One of the wins was a 1-0 forfeit by Buford.

Coach Tony Lotti and his team were defeated by White County last Friday night by a score of, 42-7.

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.