The junior varsity Tigers football team easily handled the Gilmer Bobcats at home last week.
"We dressed 71 players for the game, which included our ninth grade team and all of them played," said Coach John Kenny. "Just proud of the effort by all of them!"
Ethan Cameron gave the Tiger's good field position for their second drive of the game after a 30-yard punt return.
Trey Pruitt connected with Hunter Baron on a 25-yard touchdown pass. Cole Dennis put in the extra point to give Dawson an early 7-0 lead.
During the second quarter, the Tigers had a 54-yard drive that culminated in their second touchdown. Pruitt hit Chance Armstrong on a 25-yard pass to get in the end zone.
Dennis made the score 14-0 on the extra point.
The Tiger defense was stout on the next series with Zac Conowal, Ethan Smith, Blaine Thomason and Adam Maner tackling the Gilmer ball carrier for an 8-yard loss.
Matthew Kenny and Ethan Smith were able to get a sack on the next play before the defense once again got a tackle for a loss.
The Tiger defense then scored on the following play-a fourth-and-28. The safety took the score to 16-0.
Though the offense fumbled on the ensuing possession, the defense again held the Bobcats.
With 2:25 until half, Pruitt passed to Cameron for a 22-yard touchdown. Dawson County headed to half up 23-0.
The Bobcats were able to get on the board early in the second half, but Zac Baloga intercepted the 2-point conversion. From there on out the Bobcats were unable to score on the Tiger D.
Dennis put in a 40-yard field goal to end the third quarter with the Tigers up 26 to 6.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers had a goal line stand. Conowal, Smith, Thomason, Maner, Baloga, Nate Umberger, Jason Browning and Justin Browning held Gilmer.
Sean Thomas scored on a 90-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 33-6 after the Dennis extra point.
The JV Tigers move to 2-1 and play at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Fannin County at home