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Tigers pound Panthers
Dawson County gets second region win
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Austin Young scores the first touchdown during Dawson County's huge win over the Union County Panthers at home. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Tigers easily handled the Union County Panthers for their second region win in the rain and drizzle on Friday night.

The Tigers defense was able to come up with three turnovers including a pick six and Dawson County never trailed.

The Tigers scored on their second possession of the night after a long Coey Watson completion to Nick Murphy to the 48 yard line.

Taylor Cronan, who was back for the first game since his injury against West Hall, was a difference maker again in the run game.

A Watson pass to Austin Young was tipped, but Young pulled it down for the first touchdown of the game with 6:06 in the first quarter.

On the Panthers next possession, Dylan Nix intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the 13-yard line.

After Watson connected with Kolton Brumbelow to the 2-yard line, Watson would get in on a keeper making it 14-0 with 2:38 in the first.

The Panthers were able to move the chains on the next outing after a long pass completion from Cole Wright to Bo Lynch at the 36.

Wright scored on a keeper with 11:31 in the second to get it to 14-7.

When the Panthers got the ball back again, an interception by the Tigers turned out to be a pass interference negating the turnover. On the next play, however, Jeremy Whalen intercepted and the Tigers drove behind Cronan and Myers' running.

A Watson pitch to Cronan on the outside showed patience by Cronan as he followed the block into the end zone to make it 22-7 after the 2-point conversion.

The Tiger defense would hold on the next possession before Watson would scramble for another Dawson touchdown with 3:53 until the half making it 29-7.

After the half the Panthers first drive was propelled by Tiger penalties. Multiple flags were thrown at midfield for back-to-back dead ball fouls. Union would start from the 48-yard line.

Another penalty on the Tigers came after a first down for Union to give the Panthers great field position at the 21. Wright would score on a keeper. With 8:55 in the third, the score was 29-14.

Dawson countered quickly after a Brumbelow kickoff return to the Tigers' 40.
Watson connected with Young before he would scramble for a 34-yard touchdown.

Union had a sustained drive on the following possession that ended with a rushing touchdown by Lynch and a failed extra point attempt. With 4:33 in the third quarter, the Tigers led 36-19.

Brumbelow returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown for the second week in a row. This time it was for 90 yards. The point after was good and the Tigers went up 43-19.

Another defensive stand for the Tigers gave the ball back to the potent offense that stayed with the ground game of Myers and Cronan all the way to the 1-yard line. Watson's keeper would take the score to 50-19 with 48 seconds in the third.

Twenty-two seconds later, an already deflated Union County was undone when Luke Martin added his pick six.

A long Panther drive would give them one more score on the night and the running clock did not relent.

Dawson County moves to 4-1 overall with the 57-26 win and 2-0 in decisive region wins. Next week the Tigers will travel to Blue Ridge to face Fannin County who is 2-4 and 0-2 in region play.