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Tigers take down Banks County
Team preparing for No. 1 Buford
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Cody Lamar finds a huge opening against the Banks County defense - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Dawson County amassed 529 yards of total offense in a 42-19 win over Banks County on Friday night at Tigers Stadium.

The Tigers offense was led by Cody Lamar who had 27 carries for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

Coach Jeff Lee and his Tigers are now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Region 7-AAA.

Dawson County will have its second off week this season. Up next will be No. 1 ranked Buford.

Buford has won its last three games with shutouts over Hancock Central, 63-0, Banks County, 63-0, and West Hall, 63-0. Coach Jess Simpson's team is currently unbeaten at 5-0.

The Wolves will play White County this Friday night.

The Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 second quarter lead and seemed to be coasting to an easy victory with 4:50 remaining before halftime.

Dawson County's defense got the first big stop of the ball game. Defensive end Brandon Tenorio jumped on a bad snap by the Leopards that gave Dawson the ball at its own 48-yard line.

Logan Hurst put Dawson on the board with a 47-yard touchdown run. Max Muldoon added the extra point and the Tigers held a 7-0 lead at the 9:01 mark of the first quarter.

Later in the first quarter, Muldoon missed a 35-yard field goal attempt at the 4:59 mark.

Neither team added any more points in the opening quarter.

Dawson's offense came to life in the second quarter. The Tigers scored three touchdowns in four minutes and 21 seconds.

The first score came on a 7-yard run from Hurst. Hurst finished the game with three carries for 52 yards.

Muldoon added the extra point. Dawson 14-0 with 9:27 to go in the quarter.

Cody Lamar scored the second touchdown of the quarter on a 50-yard run. Muldoon was true again, Dawson led 21-0 with 7:03 to go.

Special teams came up strong as Richard Palmer blocked a punt. Teammate Isaac Rice picked up the blocked kick and ran 6-yards, giving Dawson the ball on the 41-yard line.

On the first play, quarterback Zach Buchan found wide receiver AJ Thomas on a 41-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and Dawson held a 28-0 lead.

Banks County returned the ensuing kickoff 8-yards for a touchdown. The extra point was not good.

With 1:13 left before halftime, Jackson Putnam scored on a 3-yard run. The extra point was good and the Tigers led 35-6 at halftime.

"I thought we came out in the first half and played extremely well on both sides," said Head Coach Jeff Lee.

The Tigers added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard run by Lamar to come away with the 42-19 win.

"In the third quarter we sort of disappeared. I felt like we didn't have the same intensity as we did earlier in the game. But we were able to focus enough to finish the game. That is definitely something we have to get better at as the season comes down to the last month," Lee said.

Buchan finished the game completing 10-of-16 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown. The junior signal caller found seven different receivers.

Buchan connected with AJ Thomas, Putnam, Guy, Lamar, Keaton Toal, Brett Whalen and Dalton Edwards. Thomas led the receiving corp with two catches for 74 yards.

On a side note, Buchan didn't start the game because on an injury suffered at North Hall.

Senior Jackson Putnam led the Tigers on the the teams first scoring drive. Buchan entered for the second series on offense.

The Tigers had 47 carries for 349 yards on the ground. Zach Guy had six carries for 47 yards, Jackson Putnam had seven carries for 56 yards, and Logan Hurst had three attempts for 52 yards.

Defensively Zach Guy had a big interception in the third quarter at the 48-yard line stopping a Leopard drive.

"This week will give us a chance to get better and overcome some nagging injuries," Lee said. "We will get ready to play Buford in a big home game."