Dawson County High School head football coach Jeff Lee was all smiles after Friday's scrimmage game at home against Towns County.
His Tigers scored at will through the air and used a punishing ground attack to dominate the visiting Indians from Hiawassee.
Dawson County jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and never let off the accelerator.
The Tigers amassed a 31-0 advantage before going into the dressing room at halftime.
In the second half Lee and his staff were able to play some younger players.
The final score was 38-6 in favor of the Tigers.
"I feel we did what we set out to do in the scrimmage," Lee said. "We were able to execute the basic package of both offensive and defensive schemes. Overall we are pleased where we are right now, but understand that in order to win the region, it will take much better execution on our part."
Place kicker Max Muldoon put the Tigers on the board early in the first quarter by connecting on a 28-yard field goal.
Towns County took the next possession and drove down the field before fumbling on Dawson's 30-yard line. Tiger linebacker Zach Martin recovered.
Quarterback Tyler Dominy quickly marched his team down field. Running back Chris Sayler capped off the drive with a 23-yard TD run on a sweep. The extra point was true by Muldoon and Dawson held a 10-0 lead with 6:21 remaining in the first quarter.
After a defensive stop, Dawson scored on a Dominy to Bruce Clark 76- yard pass play.
Once again, Muldoon tacked on the extra point.
Dawson held a commanding 17-0 lead with 2:27 left in the first quarter.
Dominy then hooked up on another touchdown pass. He hit Sayler in stride from 33-yards out to give the Tigers a 24-0 lead.
The visiting Indians didn't surrender.
Towns went on a long drive of its own just before halftime. The march came to end when linebacker Cody Smith picked off a pass.
Lee's offense wasn't content to just down the ball.
On the first play after the Towns turnover, Dominy found Will Anglin on the left hash mark for an impressive 91-yard touchdown pass.
"I feel that both sides of the offensive and defensive line must improve this week as we move forward. But I have the most confidence in both of those groups [in] doing that and getting better," Lee said.
Lee was awed with the crowd at last Friday's game.
"The crowd was very good for a preseason game. The team was very impressed. We ask the ones that attended, to come back this Friday and bring someone with you," Lee said.
Dawson County will open its season at 7:30 p.m. at home Friday against Region 7-AAA foe East Hall.
"We moved the game to this week, so we could benefit from no one else playing in the area, which will hopefully help with the crowd. Playing a region game as the first game of the season has both a positive and negative effect," Lee said.
"The winner is first place in the region and everyone will be gunning for them. The loser will have a tough road to hoe as they have to make sure they beat the right folks," he added.
Lee said East Hall will be a physical team.
"East Hall will bring an athletic team into Tiger Stadium. They too know what is at stake this early in the season. I think this will be a physical game with the conditioning factor coming in to play at the end," he said.