Dawson County couldn't overcome a 24-0 halftime deficit Friday night.
The Tigers dropped a key Region 7-AAA matchup at Fannin County (4-3; 2-1) by a 31-15 score that in turn created a jam of teams vying to lead the region.
Coach Sid Maxwell's team is now 4-3 overall, but more importantly they are 3-1 in region play.
Also with one region loss are Franklin County, 3-1, Banks County, 2-1, East Hall, 2-1 and Fannin, 2-1.
The Tigers have the advantage with wins over East Hall and Franklin County.
This week Dawson County will host Banks County with the winner in the driver's seat in region play.
The Leopards defeated Lumpkin County, 48-31, last week. Coach Biff Parson's squad is currently 5-2 overall.
Fannin County played as if on a mission Friday night. The Rebels took the opening drive and marched downfield. Fannin County converted on a 32-yard field goal by Dylan Wilson.
On Dawson County's first possession, quarterback Coey Watson was intercepted by a Rebel defender and returned 60-yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good by Tyler Norton and the score was 10-0 with 6:44 left in the first quarter.
The Rebels extended their lead to 17-0, at the 8:05 mark, on a 4-yard touchdown run by running back Jack Roper.
Fannin County added another score with 43 seconds remaining before halftime on a pass from Rebel quarterback Brad Davis to receiver Adam Ingram from 15-yards out.
Norton added the point after to make the score 24-0 at halftime.
The Tigers entered the scoring column with 7:52 left in the third quarter.
Watson scored on a 5-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion was successful on a Hunter Mitchell to Austin Young pass that made the score 24-8.
The Rebels answered almost three minutes later.
With 5:57 left in the third quarter Roper scored his second touchdown on a 9-yard run. The extra point was good by Norton and Fannin County upped its lead to 31-8.
Just 22 seconds into the final quarter Dawson County running back Logan Hurst scored the team's second touchdown on a 3-yard run. Alan Sanchez added the extra point and finished out the scoring 31-15.
This week's game against Banks County will be homecoming for the Tigers. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.