The Dawson County Middle School football team dropped a 30-16 decision to visiting Clear Creek last week.
The Sept. 10 game was played at Tigers Stadium.
The Bobcats took the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown. The two-point conversion was good and Clear Creek led 8-0.
The Tigers answered with a first play 74-yard touchdown run by Shawn Thomas on their first possession. The two-point conversion was good and the game was tied 8-8.
Clear Creek added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 22-8 lead at halftime.
Dawson County had a touchdown called back for an illegal lineman downfield. On the play Thomas connected with Brody Howell for the apparent score.
Coach Benjy Edwards' team got the ball on its own 20-yard line to start the second half.
The Tigers put together a great drive that culminated with a touchdown and a 2-point conversion that cut the Bobcat lead to 22-16.
The Bobcats added one more score with less than a minute to go on a fourth down situation. The Clear Creek score was set up on a muffed Tiger punt.
"It took the life out of us with that score," Edwards said.
With the two-point conversion, Clear Creek held a 30-16 lead.
"The boys know we made too many mental mistakes. They know we must correct those mistakes before next week's game," Edwards said.
The coach praised the play of Shawn Thomas on offense and Austin Nix on defense.
"I thought we played pretty well minus four mental mistakes," Edwards said.
With the loss Dawson County fell to 1-2 on the season.
Up next will be a matchup with Fannin County at home.
"We know what they did last year. We will prepare for what they ran last year against us," Edwards said.
"We have to cut down on the mental mistakes. We beat ourselves," he said.
Thursday's kickoff with Fannin will be at 5:30 p.m.