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Tigers fall to Blessed Trinity
Historic season comes to an end
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The Tigers Cinderella season has come to an end. 


Coach Sid Maxwell's Dawson County Tigers were eliminated from the Class AAA state football playoffs following a 35-7 loss to Blessed Trinity (12-0-1).


The Titans will now move on to the semi-finals where they will meet defending state champion Calhoun. 


The Yellow Jackets were 6-3 winners over Elbert County Friday night.


Dawson County (9-4) was unable to find a way to stop Titan running back Milton Shelton. 


The senior tailback ran for 207 first half yards and three rushing touchdowns. 


Shelton also scored on a 28-yard pass with just 10 seconds remaining before halftime to give Blessed Trinity a 28-0 lead going into the break.


Shelton scored his first touchdown with 8:16 remaining in the first quarter after a three-play 54-yard drive. 


Shelton broke several attempted tackles by the Tigers defense to sprint 24-yards into the end zone.


The Titan running back scored his second touchdown with 2:53 to go in the first quarter on a 3-yard run making the score 14-0.


Shelton’s third touch down came as the result of a Coey Watson interception by Titan Colin Dore at the Tigers 18-yard line that gave Blessed Trinity the ball at the five. 


On the first play from scrimmage the senior went untouched into the end zone, giving the Titans a 21-0 advantage.


Watson had to carry the offensive workload tonight with the limited playing time, because of injury, to wide receiver Tucker Maxwell and running back Hunter Mitchell.


Maxwell didn’t play at all in the second half and had only one first half reception for 10-yards.


Mitchell finished the night with 10 carries for zero yards.


Watson also struggled without his top two offensive threats. Watson was 8 for 22 passing for just 81 yards and threw three interceptions. 


On the ground Watson had 15 rushes for 20 yards and three sacks.


Blessed Trinity's freshman quarterback Jake Smith found Shelton on a quick pass from the 28-yard line for the team's fourth touchdown.


Blessed Trinity added its final score on a Shelton 4-yard run with 1:28 left in the third quarter.


Shelton finished the game with 23 carries for 237 yards and four rushing touchdowns. 


His fifth touchdown came on the 28-yard pass just before halftime.


The Titans had 451 total yards of offense, 332 yards on the ground and 119 in the air.


Dawson County finally got on the scoreboard on a 3-yard touchdown run by Andrew Goley with 1:05 remaining in the game.


Goley was the leading rusher for the Tigers with 46 yards on six carries.


Alan Sanchez added the extra point to make the final score 35-7.


Dawson County managed just 171 total yards on offense.


The Tigers concluded season marks the best football season in the school's history.