The Dawson County Middle School football team lost 28-26 in overtime at Union County last Thursday afternoon. It was the last game of the season for Dawson.
The Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 4-3.
Mistakes were the common theme for Head Coach Frank Brown’s troops against the Panthers.
A perfect example of what turnovers can do to your team happened in the opening quarter. Two fumbled snaps led to two touchdowns by Union County, putting them quickly ahead 14-0.
But, has been the case all season, the Tigers didn’t give up. Dawson responded with two scores of their own to close the gap to 14-12 at halftime.
Just when momentum was changing, Dawson opened the second half with another fumble. Three plays later, Union was back in the end zone extending their lead to 20-12 early in the third quarter.
Dawson County received the ensuing kick-off and marched down the field. With only 9 seconds remaining the Tigers tied the score at 20-20. The 2-point conversion was no good and the two teams headed for overtime.
“This is the best comeback team I’ve ever coached. They are a never say die bunch of guys,” said Brown.
Union answered with a score of its own in over time. The 2-point conversion was successful and the Panthers held a 28-20 lead.
Dawson then got their chance in overtime. Quarterback Jackson Putnam found Will Anglin for a 20-yard touchdown, to close the gap, 28-26.
Once again, the 2-point conversion was stopped short and made the final score Union 28, Dawson 26.
Brown remarked about his team’s season by saying, “I am very pleased with this team. They have been a pleasure to coach. We had a great season finishing 4-3.
We are looking forward to next year, and watching the eighth graders as they move to high school. I am very optimistic about the future for football in Dawson County at all levels.”
E-mail Pam Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.