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DAHLONEGA — The Dawson County Tigers started slow but finished strong in a dominating 35-0 victory over the Lumpkin County Indians on Friday night before a packed house at The Burial Grounds.
After a slow start, Dawson (2-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) kicked things into high gear late in the first quarter. Facing a fourth-and-8 from the Lumpkin 26-yard line, Dawson coach Jeff Lee opted to go for it instead of attempting a long field goal.
Dawson quarterback Tyler Dominy found a wide open Will Anglin over the middle for the first score of the night.
“Coming into this game we knew we had to weather what was coming through those gates,” Lee said. “We knew that Lumpkin was going to play hot and emotional. I turned to my staff and asked, ‘Guys do you want to win or not.’”
It was only the beginning of an extremely productive first half for the Tiger offense as Dominy was 10 for 15 passing with 218 yards and four touchdowns. Dawson’s offensive line provided Dominy with a great amount of time, which allowed his receivers time to get open.
The Tigers’ offense wasn’t the only dominating force on the night as Dawson’s defense held the Indians (0-1, 0-0 8-AAAA) to 50 yards total, forcing 11 punts.
“We’ll win 1-0 every single time,” Lee said. “Right now we’re 2-0. Our defense is giving us a chance to win now. Credit to the defensive staff and players. They’re all in right now.”
The Tigers’ second score also came when they faced a fourth-and-long situation. From their own 34, Lee opted to go for it again. Dominy and wide receiver Chris Saylor connected on a beautifully thrown pass down the left sideline to put Dawson up 14-0 with 10:12 left in the second quarter.
Dominy closed the first half hooking up with senior receiver Bruce Clark for two scores. The first one was from 33 yards out on a pass over the middle. The second from 45 yards out on another fade pass down the left sideline came with 2:25 before halftime.
Dominy closed out the scoring with a 14-yard scamper around the right end to put his team up 35-0 in the fourth quarter. He finished the night with 242 yards passing and four passing touchdowns and 18 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown.
Running back Zack Martin led the Tigers’ ground game with 100 yards on 13 carries. Receivers Clark and Will Anglin led the aerial assault with Clark finishing with 107 yards on five catches. Anglin contributed 51 receiving yards on four receptions and 40 rushing yards.
“We have to get better. We’re not where we want to be,” Lee said. “We’ll keep working on our fundamentals. We’ve got a big 6-A school coming in next week. And I expect a huge crowd next week.”
Dawson will play host to North Forsyth while Lumpkin will try to rebound at White County.