The Dawson County Middle School football team won its second game of the season last Thursday by a 20-16 score over Clear Creek Middle School.
With the win, Head Coach Thomy Edwards’ Tiger team is currently 2-4 overall.
The Tigers will conclude its season with a game this Wednesday at Gilmer County Middle School. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
Things didn’t look good for Dawson following the opening kickoff to Clear Creek. The Tiger opponent returned the initial kick 76 yards for a touchdown.
Clear Creek then converted a 2-point conversion that put them up 8-0 only 10 seconds into the game.
On the next possession, Dawson drove the ball down to the Clear Creek 15-yard line. The Tigers turned the ball over on a deflected pass off a receivers shoulder pads.
Both defenses played well the rest of the half and didn’t allow any points. The score at halftime was 8-0 Clear Creek.
Dawson began to crank up its offense in the third quarter.
On the first play from scrimmage, running back Richard Palmer sprinted 60-yards and brought the ball inside the 10-yard line.
Three plays later, quarterback Brody Chester scored on a bootleg play.
Tiger Kyle Hayes picked off an errant Clear Creek pass on their next offensive series. Hayes went untouched into the end zone for another Tiger touchdown.
The Tiger defense stopped the Bobcats again and gave the ball back to the Tiger offense.
Conor Woodbury finished off the next drive with another Tiger touchdown to give the Tigers a 20-8 lead.
Clear Creek added a score in the fourth quarter that cut Dawson’s lead to 20-16.
The Bobcats forced a punt by Dawson on its next possession, but couldn’t score. Dawson kneeled the ball down for the victory.
“I thought it was going to be a long day,” Edwards said. “The defense played the best they have played all year. They worked really hard all week at practice and it paid off. Richard Palmer was all over the field. Corey Voyles and Tucker Welling stopped up the middle. The linebackers and defensive backs tackled well the entire game.
“On offense Jake Leete, Richard Palmer and Conor Woodbury ran the ball hard. Brody Chester threw well and Matt Hamil had some key catches in the game. However, Jake Phillps probably impacted the game the most. He did a great job playing line and back and when we needed those tough yards we put him in and he got them every time to keep the drives alive,” Edwards said.