DAWSONVILLE – The White County Warriors took a huge step toward the AAA state playoffs, outlasting the Dawson County Tigers in a shootout on Friday night, 47-42.
With the win, the Warriors (5-3, 3-2 Region 7-AAA) now control their own destiny to get to the playoffs. The Tigers (4-4, 2-3) now have a tougher road, in a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff position.
The game saw a touchdown nearly every possession, as the teams combined for 970 total yards. There were only two punts and one turnover committed.
Dawson County took over half of the first quarter to score on the opening drive when Tiger running back Zach Martin ran into the end zone from 3 yards out to take the early lead 7-0.
White County responded quickly as quarterback Will Brock hooked up with Andrew Bergin for 37 yards and the Warriors’ first touchdown of the night.
The Tigers scored on their next possession early in the second quarter as Martin took it in from less than a yard to retake the lead, 14-7.
The Warriors took no time tying the game again as Brock threw a 70-yard pass to Bergin for their second touchdown of the night.
Tiger quarterback Tyler Dominy drove his team downfield on their next possession before hooking up with Will Anglin for a 14-yard touchdown to make the score 21-14 midway through the second quarter.
The Warriors struck again inside two minutes left in the half by another Brock-to-Bergin touchdown pass, this one from 21 yards out, and the game was tied 21-21.
After a Dawson County punt, the Warriors put together a quick drive, scoring in just 29 seconds on a Brock pass to Tucker Cook from 5 yards to take the lead 27-21 at the break.
White County fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half, giving Dawson the ball inside the Warriors’ 10. Martin took it in one play later from the 9 to reclaim the lead, 28-27.
White County responded yet again, as Brock ran the ball in from 9 yards out to retake the lead 33-28.
The Warriors stopped the Tigers again on defense, forcing a punt, and the offense drove right back downfield and scored on a Coley Loudermilk touchdown reception to stretch the lead to 40-28.
The Tigers would not go away quietly. Just over two minutes later, Dominy ran for his first rushing touchdown of the night from under a yard out to cut the lead to five.
White County’s offense put together another drive, taking almost six minutes off the clock, as Brock ran in for his seventh touchdown of the night, this one from 19 yards, making the score 47-35.
Dawson County scored just three minutes later when Dominy ran in from 9 yards out on a fourth-and-goal to cut the lead to 47-42. The Tigers attempted the onside kick with four minutes left but were unsuccessful and White County ran out the clock to secure the win.
Brock finished 13 of 19 passing for 347 yards and five touchdowns, while running for two more on 76 yards. Bergin finished with five receptions for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
Dominy finished 12-24 passing for 155 yards and a touchdown. He ran for two more on 28 yards. Martin ran for a game-high 114 yards and three touchdowns.
The Warriors play host to West Hall next week. The Tigers will look to pick up a crucial region win next week on the road at Fannin County.