Dawson County opened its season with a double overtime win against Lumpkin County 26-23 Friday in Dawsonville.
The Tigers took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from Chase Gilreath to T.J. Byrd. Midway through the first quarter, Cody Tobias blocked a punt by the Indians which resulted in a safety and put Dawson County up 9-0.
On the free kick following the safety, the Tigers’ Eian Perry returned the kick 65-yards for a touchdown putting Dawson County ahead 16-0. Lumpkin County hung around though as it compiled a touchdown drive and two-point conversion with just 1:42 remaining in the first half.
The two teams headed to the locker rooms at halftime with the score Dawson County 16 and Lumpkin County 8. Lumpkin had the ball late in the fourth quarter and was still trailing 16-8 when Daniel Abercrombie connected with Chad Fulton on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 left in the game.
The Indians then went for the game tieing two point conversion. The ball was fumbled into the end zone but Lumpkin County fell on it and tied the game at 16-16 sending it into overtime.
In the first overtime the Indians scored on a 6-yard run by Jake McClure and Ben Ayers added the extra point giving Lumpkin County a 23-16 lead.
On Dawson County’s possession, Cody Tobias scored from 6-yards out and David Scully added the extra point which tied the game at 23-23.
In the second overtime, The Tigers were held to a field goal that put in the lead 26-23. On the Indians possession, Dawson County’s Cody Tobias stripped the quarterback and fell on the ball to seal the victory for the Tigers.
Dawson County returns to action next week, playing host to Jefferson (1-0).
Lumpkin County will travel to take on Flowery Branch.
Cedar Shoals 23, Habersham Central 14
Habersham Central starting quarterback Austin Brown completed a 61 yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ellison in the first quarter and finished the night with 158 passing yards Friday night at The Jungle in Athens. The Raiders (0-1) also scored on a 2-yard run from Tyler Jackson in the second quarter.
Martay Mattox completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Deunta Jennings for Cedar Shoals in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory. Tremaine Goddard finished with 15 carries for 93 yards for Cedar Shoals.
Habersham Central plays host to Heritage at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in Mount Airy.
Jackson County 16, Our Lady of Mercy 10
Jackson County put together 300 yards of offense (283 rushing) to snap a 10 game losing streak on Friday night in Jefferson.
Rob Williams scored for the Panthers (1-0) on a 26-yard touchdown run. Alex Crawford added an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jon Baxter.
Charlie Waycaster led the Jackson County defense with a pair of interceptions.
Jackson County visits Sonoraville at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
North Georgia Christian 26, Mountain Area Christian 10
North Georgia Christian sophomore quarterback Matt Cox was 2-for-5 passing for 88 yards and a touchdown to secure the victory Friday night in Morganton.
Tyler Harney led the Chargers rushing with four carries for 170 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Andrew Skelton, a senior, added an 80 yard touchdown pass for North Georgia Christian.
Josh Prumer and Joe Boonstra each intercepted a pass for the Chargers.
North Georgia Christian plays host to Twiggs Academy at 7:30 p.m. next Friday in Gainesville.
North Oconee 28, Prince Avenue Christian 20
North Oconee was able to come back from a 20-0 halftime deficit to defeat Prince Avenue Christian Friday night in Bogart. Lane Thompson led the comeback by the Titans with a passing touchdown, receiving touchdown, and two rushing touchdowns.
North Oconee visits Fellowship Christian at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday.