The first place Dawson County Tigers hosted the Spencer Green Waves last Friday in the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs. Maxpreps had the Tigers as a 22 point favorite, but Spencer came to play. The Tigers defense was key in their 22-12 win.
Offensively, Dawson struggled at times, but also shined under sophomore QB Coey Watson. Watson has had a great year throwing for 1556 yards, 12 TD and a 81.5% QB rating. He has also rushed for 346 yards on 112 carries and 8 touchdowns, one for 100+ yards. Not bad for his first year on varsity. The Tigers are making history under Coach Sid Maxwell. This is the first winning season since 2012 (6-5) and only the second since 2005 (7-3). This is also the first time the Tigers have won a Region Championship. The Tigers only region loss this year was to Fannin, but they bounced back and used the loss to propel them to this historical season.
Senior Hunter Mitchell and Watson have a combined total of 1116 yards of the teams 1701 yards, 7 – 100+ yards runs and 17 touchdowns of the teams 21. They have been the workhorses of the Tigers, but without an offensive line none of that would happen.
Defensively the Tigers have also been juggernauts on the field. Combining for 100 solo tackles out of the 149 total tackles, averaging 14.9 per game and 11 sacks for a loss of 62 yards.
The Dawson County Tigers (9-3) host the Blessed Trinity Titans (11-0-1) this Friday at Tigers Stadium. The Titans are coming off a win over Jefferson, 38-12. They are lead by senior RB/CB Milton Shelton who has amassed 1504 rushing yards on 180 carries, avg. 136.7 per game and 23 TDs. The team averages 131.8 passing YPG, 229.1 rushing YPG, and have used five different QBs this season. Senior Conor Davis (QBR-116.7) being the main goto guy having thrown for 1314 passing yards on 124 attempts.
I had the pleasure of talking with Coach Maxwell prior to last Fridays game. (Checkout entire Interview here).