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Tigers lose heartbreaker in Oakwood
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Taylor Cronan carries the ball early in the game Friday night against the West Hall Spartans. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

After going into double overtime Friday night, the Dawson County Tigers suffered a heartbreaking loss in Oakwood to the West Hall Spartans.

The Tigers fell short on their attempt to get in the end zone after West Hall's Tyrese Osbourne picked up a touchdown on the ground at the start of the second OT.

Connor Bearden, who was in at quarterback, threw to Austin Young on back-to-back passes on either side of the field, but both fell incomplete.

Most of Dawson County's success came on the ground early.

Running back Taylor Cronan was effective in the run game before leaving in the first half with an injury. He did not return.

The Tigers also saw Jakob Scoggins on the trainer's bench for the second half.

During their second possession of the game, Dawson County was able to move the ball on carries by Cronan and a completion to Young before Cronan got in the end zone on a second and goal.

Ryan Glass got the carry for the two-point conversion for the Tigers to get out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter.

On the Spartans' following possession they were able to move up the field on a Jacob Satterfield quarterback keeper and an Osbourne catch on a screen pass to inside the one yard line.

Satterfield kept it for the touchdown and the Spartans added the point after.

After the Tigers were unable to score on the next possession, they punted it away and West Hall fumbled. The Tigers recovered at the 31.

Dawson again scored on the ground after carries by Watson, Cronan and Payton Meyers at the start of the second quarter. The Tigers were up 15-7 after the extra point.

West Hall again answered the challenge with a drive starting from their own 22 yard line. Satterfield had multiple carries and completed passes to Justin Hearn.

The Spartans missed the point after the touchdown to make it 15-13.

Bearden entered the game before the half and West Hall's Ashun Favorite was able to pick him off and return it for six on his second snap.

Watson returned to the game after the kick off and Dawson fumbled it at their own 25.

The Spartans were able to pick up a field goal before heading to half up 20-15.

The Tigers started the second half similar to how they ended the first, with a turnover.

Dawson fumbled and the Spartans got the ball back at the 25.

The Tiger defense, however, was able to get a stop when West Hall went for it on a fourth and 25.

In the fourth quarter, Dawson County got the ball back on the 44 yard line and a banged up and fired up Watson took the field.

He picked up back-to-back first downs on keepers. Driving, the Tigers would go for it on fourth and one and Watson again picked up the first.

After a timeout with third and four from the five, Watson got in the end zone. The Tigers went for two and Watson seemed unstoppable on the run.

West Hall got a field goal with under two minutes to play and the game went to overtime.

Both defenses held in the first over time with Dawson getting a block on West Hall's field goal attempt.

Dawson County moves to 1-1 and faces White County at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 for their homecoming game.

Check Wednesday's Dawson County News for complete game coverage.

 

 

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