DAWSONVILLE — Coey Watson and the Dawson County offense could not be stopped Friday night, scoring touchdowns on seven of their first eight possessions in a 63-40 first-round Class AAA playoff win over Ringgold at Tiger Stadium.
“We all thought they couldn’t stop us,” Watson said. “Scoring touchdowns is always good.”
Next up for Dawson County is the Spencer Greenwave Owls, who defeated Washington County on the road 47-27.
Watson scored six touchdowns (five pass, one rush) and was 15 for 22 passing for 330 yards.
“(Watson) did a great job moving the chains,” Dawson County coach Sid Maxwell said. “He’s humble, he’s a great leader and tonight he made sure we picked up first downs and put the ball where it needed to go.”
It was more than just a good night for the Tigers, it was a historic night. The 63 points is a school record for most points scored in a game.
Dawson County didn’t punt until the fourth quarter after the game was already well decided. The only time Dawson didn’t score on a drive during the heat of the game was on a blocked 45-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter.
“We just got pretty good athletes,” Maxwell said. “We’re pretty balanced. We can run and throw, and I think Ringgold is a little better offensively than defensively.”
Senior Tucker Maxwell was Watson’s favorite target, taking the top off the defense on several occasions. Maxwell 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.
“The whole offense did a great job moving it around,” Sid Maxwell said. “It was really hard (for Ringgold) to overplay one.”
“Coach’s philosophy is same as,” Tucker Maxwell said. “We’ve been doing the same thing every week, and we’ve been producing every week so that’s what we’re going to keep doing.”