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Tigers ready for round two of the playoffs
Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Spencer at home
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Kickoff for the Dawson County Tigers and Spencer Greenwave Owls is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tigers Stadium.

The crowd wore white last week, but for Friday night's second round playoff game, the Dawson County Tigers are calling for everyone to wear black in support of the team.

Kickoff against the Spencer Greenwave Owls is at 7:30 p.m. at Tigers Stadium. Admission is $10 per person.

Coming off last week's 63-40 win over Ringgold in round one of the playoffs, fans can expect to see more of the same from the Region 7-AAA champion Tigers, who have consistently improved week after week.

"What you'll see, I hope, is what you've seen all year with us, and that's trying to play a very fast game with a very high octane offense where we snap the ball quickly and then attack on defense," said Coach Sid Maxwell. "We're going to do what we've done all year, worry about us and approach this game same-as, just like we have all the others. I don't think you deviate much. You stay the course."

After Spencer's 47-34 upset over Washington County Friday night, the Tigers will need to bring their best game this week.

"[Washington has] always been one of the top programs, and Spencer handled them pretty easily," he said. "It's going to be a great challenge for us, and one, I think our boys are up for the challenge."

With an overall record of 7-2 and 6-2 in region play, Spencer is a very athletic, experienced and fast football team.

"Coach [Pierre] Coffey has done a good job with them this year. They had a lot of seniors returning and a lot of their defensive guys are back and a lot of offensive guys," Maxwell said.

Key for the Tigers, he said will be "to keep balance on offense, like we have between Hunter Mitchell and Coey [Watson] with the offensive line blocking and protecting and giving the ball out to Tucker [Maxwell] and Austin [Young]."

Sophomore quarterback Coey Watson finished the regular season with 2,009 total yards and rushed 116 times this season for 343 yards and eight touchdowns. He also completed 119 of 213 passes for 1,666 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Watson scored six touchdowns (five pass, one rush) and was 15 for 22 passing for 330 yards in last week's first round of the playoffs.

Senior Tucker Maxwell was Watson's favorite target, taking the top off the defense on several occasions. He had six catches for 224 yards and four touchdowns (14, 48, 52, 87).

His longest touchdown was on a simple go-route. He ran a straight line down the field, Watson put it up and Maxwell just outran the defense for an 87-yard score.

Hunter Mitchell provided balance on the ground for Dawson County, rushing for 161 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

"When you get in round two, and I've been here before, they're here for a reason, because they are a good football team," Coach Maxwell said. "They've earned this. They've worked hard to get to this point."

But, the Tigers are more than just good; they're a history-making team that has surpassed all others at Dawson County High School.

"They've set the bar and changed the bar for others to try to reach," Sid Maxwell said. "They've definitely put their stamp on Dawson County football, which I told them, as a group, they need to be proud of that and cherish that and also remember to be humble and know we're still climbing the mountain."

Friday's victor will play the winner of the Jefferson and Blessed Trinity matchup in round three of the playoffs Nov. 27.

If Jefferson wins, Dawson would get to play at home Nov. 27. With Blessed Trinity winning, there would be a coin toss.