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Tigers bounce back on gridiron
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Running back Payton Myers had 16 carries and two touchdowns last week. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers rolled over the White County Warriors 46-0 during their homecoming game last week.

"It was a fun night, when everything seems to be clicking," said Head Coach Sid Maxwell about the shutout.

Coming off a hard week at West Hall that saw multiple injuries and a tough loss in double overtime, the Tigers were more than ready for the Warriors option offense.

"We had no bounces our way one week and got all the bounces the next week," Maxwell said.

The starting defense for the Tigers held the Warriors to 74 yards on 29 carries and zero passing yards. They also came away with two interceptions for 61 yards.

"We are continuing toward our goals, one game at a time," Defensive Coordinator Brent Cox said. "Actually, one play at a time."

On the opening drive, the Tigers relied on Payton Myers to carry the ball along with Coey Watson. Myers had 16 carries for 70 yards including two touchdowns on the night.

"I was very happy with our run game," said Andy LeBlanc, offensive coordinator. "I thought the offensive line played well. Tyler, Wyatt, Matt, Brise, Jordan and Dawson played well together. I thought they did a great job of working together and communicating. Coach Kenny has been doing an excellent job with them.

"I also thought Payton Myers played the best football in two years. He was aggressive and did a great job running the ball. I was also happy with the way that he blocked. Payton stepped up big for us Friday."

Myers scored the first of six Tiger touchdowns on the night on a short run in the first quarter.

Watson connected with Austin Young, Nick Murphy and Kolton Brumbelow, throwing for 243 yards. He was 17-for-25 on the night with one touchdown.

He also ran the ball nine times for 53 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

The first White County possession ended after Sevaughn Clark fumbled and recovered his own ball before throwing an interception. Jeremy Whalen picked him off and returned it 17 yards.

Whalen came up with seven tackles, including one for a loss and the interception.

The Tigers quickly went to work on a quarterback keeper and then Brumbelow took it inside the 10 for a first down on a 28-yard run.

Watson got in for the touchdown two plays later and did the same for the 2-point conversion to put Dawson up 15-0 early.

The next Warriors possession stalled after a delay of game and a bad snap for a big loss.

On the following drive Watson connected with Young who had 7 receptions and 128 yards during the game.

Myers carried four times on the drive. He scored again behind a punishing Luke Martin block.

"We send him in there because he's such a competitor," Maxwell said about Martin.

The point after attempt hit the upright and bounced in to give the Tigers the 22-0 lead.

With 17 seconds before the half, Dawson County added a field goal.

The Tigers held White County after they started with the ball in the second half.

Dawson's first drive after the half began on their own 24 yard line and ended on Watson keeper for a touchdown.

On White's next drive, the Tiger defense again got the ball back, this time on a Dylan Nix interception that he returned for 44 yards.

The Tigers took a shot immediately and Watson connected with Young for another touchdown and made the score 39-0.

Connor Bearden and Trey Pruitt both got some reps at quarterback during the second half.

Devan King ran the ball four times for 37 yards and a touchdown as well.

"Our focus for this week heading into region play will be to continue to work on ourselves," LeBlanc said. "Friday is the biggest game of the year for us so far, we need to have a great week of practice. North Hall is very well coached. We will need to play our best for four quarters."

The Tigers move to 2-1 on the season and will open region play against North Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Gainesville.