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Dawson offense rolls past Lumpkin, 27-13

POSTED: August 30, 2013 11:00 p.m.

DAWSONVILLE — Dawson County racked up 501 yards of total offense in a 27-13 win over visiting Lumpkin County on Friday night.

Coach Jeff Lee’s offensive squad pounded the Indian defense for 418 on the ground on 69 carries. Senior running back Cody Lamar carried 36 times for 227 yards and a touchdown.

Dawson County senior Jackson Putnam had 15 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown.

It was one of the biggest crowds seen at Tiger Stadium in Dawsonville with both stands field to capacity. Fans filled both banks behind each end zone for the teams that are only separated by 16 miles.

With the win Dawson County moves to 2-0 on the season. Lumpkin is now 0-1.

It took Dawson only 11 plays to cover 78 yards when Lamar pounded the ball in from two yards out to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead with Max Muldoon’s extra point.

Lumpkin answered quickly. It took only four plays before Indian quarterback Daniel McCrary split the middle of the Tiger defense for a 44-yard touchdown. The PAT was missed, leaving the score 7-6.

Dawson found the end zone again with 5:33 to play in the half. Junior quarterback Zack Buchan found receiver Dalton Edwards in the back corner of the end zone for a 15-yard TD pass to make the score 13-6.

With 4:21 remaining before halftime, Dawson fumbled on its own 16-yard line. Lumpkin’s McCrary scooped up the ball and ran into the end zone.

The extra point by Noah Cromer was good and the score was tied 13-13 at halftime.

Dawson’s defense was tough all night on the Indians. The Tiger defenders forced Lumpkin County into seven three-and-out situations during the game.

Defensive coordinator Jed Lacey’s group only allowed Lumpkin 230 yards total offense all night. In the second half Lumpkin only managed 44 total yards.

Keaton Toal, Logan Hurst, Brandon Tenorio, Putnam, Scotty Zadernak, and Conor Woodbury were just a handful of Tiger defenders who played well.

Constant pounding by the Tiger offense line and strong by Lamar finally wore down the Indians in the second half.

Dawson finally pushed the Indians around by the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Tigers scored touchdowns by Sayler from 4 yards out with 7:04 to go in the fourth and the deciding blow by Putnam with just 6:25 remaining to put the game on ice.

Up next for Dawson County will be a trip to neighboring North Forsyth. Lumpkin County will play host to White County.


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