Spring football at Dawson County High School culminated last week with the spring game under the lights.
The Dawson County Tigers hosted the Pickens County Dragons May 19 at Tiger Stadium for a scrimmage and the opportunity to give coaches a look at what they will be working with for the upcoming season.
"It was just good to go out and see where we are," said Head Coach Sid Maxwell.
The expectations were non-existent as the game was an opportunity to let coaches evaluate players and make plans for what will be worked on over the summer, according to Maxwell.
"We are young and very simple. We wanted to see who could basically line up and do what we were trying to do and where we are," he said.
Maxwell and Pickens Head Coach Chris Parker worked together during Maxwell's days at Sequoyah High School so the two were already familiar with one another and their play calling.
"We ran one defense and they exploited it," Maxwell said.
Though it was a scrimmage without an official score being kept, the Dragons came out ahead 41-21.
"I thought we had some bright spots," Maxwell said. "We had one or two breakdowns on the point of attack...
"We had misalignments on defense which doesn't help. We were angling to the field a little and they were running back to the weak side which gave them a pretty good hole to run through. We knew it but we weren't going to try and teach our kids something else. I mean, it's a scrimmage."
The game began with the Dragons on offense and a successful drive that resulted in a touchdown and made extra point.
The Dawson offense started with running back Sevaughn Clark and a gain of eight yards. The Tigers would continue to go to Clark throughout the game.
Coey Watson connected with Ethan Cameron for the first, first down and that combination proved to be one of the more effective for the Dawson offense.
"I thought he did a great job. He has worked hard," Maxwell said of Cameron. "He has improved. He showed some explosion."
Pickens stopped the next Tiger drive at the Dawson 37 and took over on downs.
The Dragons were able to drive all the way to the 1-yard line, before a fumble was picked up by the Tigers.
Unable to get anything going on the next series, the ball went back to the Dragons with a short field and Pickens converted on a fade pass to the corner to go up 14-0.
The following Dawson drive was short-circuited by an interception after Clark was able to scramble for a few yards and Cameron picked up the first.
At the start of the second quarter, Pickens capped off a sustained drive with another touchdown and PAT for the Dragons to lead 21-0.
On the next Pickens possession, Taylor Swofford picked up one of his three sacks on the night.
Dawson then took over on downs and only needed one snap to get on the board.
Watson found Cameron for what was a 70-yard touchdown.
On the following possession, Pickens was able to score on another fade route.
Two possessions later the Tigers scored again on a Watson-to-Cameron connection to make it 28-14.
With three quarters down, Pickens led 35-14 after punching in one more from the 1-yard line.
Junior running back Robbie Rarick was able to add to the Dawson score by running in his own touchdown from the 1-yard line late in the game.
"We did some good things," Maxwell said. "We put people in some places to see if they can play where they need to be and then we may have to evaluate and move them in a better place."
The Tigers will scrimmage again in August against North Oconee.