The Dawson County Middle School football program played a scrimmage game at Chestatee Middle School Aug. 13.
The game served as a chance for Head Coach Benjy Edwards to take a look at his squad and evaluate his players.
The Tigers took a 20-12 loss, but learned many things about this year's team.
"We definitely have a lot of work to do on offense. We are still learning the new offense and it will take a lot of reps to get it down. Our strengths would have to be at the running back position. We have several guys that can jump in any time and make plays," Edwards said.
Dawson County scored in the second quarter on a kickoff return by Dakohta Sonnichsen. The team added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter by Austin Richards. Neither two-point conversion was successful.
This week the Tigers will travel to Lumpkin County for the team's season opener.
Edwards said he hopes to see improved play from his team on both sides of the ball this week.
"We have to get better on offense. Defensively, we better be ready to tackle their fullback. He hurt us last year as a seventh grader and I suspect he will get a lot of carries again this year," he said.
Kickoff for Thursday's game will be at 5:30 p.m.