Posted: Saturday, August 25th 2012 at 12:09am
Tigers chew up East Hall in opener
By Jeff Hart Staff
DAWSONVILLE – Whatever Dawson County coach Jeff Lee was expecting in his Tigers’ 2012 debut Friday night against East Hall, it couldn’t possibly have matched the actual performance.
Or could it?
Dawson County used a balanced attack and a stout defense to take a surprising 42-0 win over the Vikings at Tiger Stadium.
The game was billed as two similar teams looking to show Region 7-AAA they were going to be contenders. The Tigers stole the entire show, however.
“Honestly, I was hoping we would play like we did,” Lee said. “You don’t predict a score like that but we felt if we executed our game we would have a lot of success.”
Senior quarterback Tyler Dominy threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another and the Tigers’ offense piled up 385 yards for the game, including 133 yards rushing.
The Tigers defense was just as dominant holding a speedy East Hall offense to less than 200 total yards, including preserving the shutout late in the fourth quarter on a goal-line stand. The Tigers stuffed East Hall on eight plays inside the 12-yard line after a botched punt.
The only blemish on the night was linebacker Cody Smith and defensive lineman Cale Tallant both going down to apparent knee injuries early in the first quarter.
“I was really proud of our defense. Their option is hard to stop but we made some adjustments,” Lee said. “Tyler ended up with a good game but we struggled early because our receivers were running the wrong routes. Once we got that straightened out we got going. I feel bad for Cody and Cale. They’ve been with us since middle school. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked.”
After holding East Hall on its first possession, Dawson County appeared stopped on three straight plays. But a East Hall penalty keep the drive alive and the Tigers moved to the Vikings 25. But Dominy was picked off by the Vikings’ Isaac Mize at the East Hall 10 on a tipped ball.
But the Vikings gave it right back on a fumble on the next play and then Dawson County’s Zack Martin rumbled 8-yard two plays later for a 7-0 lead. Martin finished with 32 yards rushing.
The Dawson County defense then took control of the game holding the Vikings to just two first downs, one on a penalty, in the first half forcing four punts, a fumble, and intercepting a pass to set up Martin’s second TD run of the game.
Dominy then got hot completing three straight passes on the Tigers’ next possession, highlighted by a 25-yard strike to set up Martin’s second TD run. On Dawson’s next possession Dominy capped a quick drive with a 3-yard TD pass to Colton Chester for a 21-0 lead just 1:40 later that was set up by a 40-yard interception return by J.P. King to the East Hall 10.
After the Tigers defense forced a third straight three-and-out, Dominy scrambled 19 yards for a touchdown for a 28-0 lead by halftime. They picked up right where they left off in the third quarter with Dominy connecting with Bruce Clark on a 20-yard TD pass for 35-0 lead just three minutes into the second half. Dominy capped the scoring with a 3-yard pass to Chris Sayles on Dawson County’s next possession.
For Dawson (1-0, 1-0 in Region 7-AAA) the win also represented a solid start to the region schedule. They sit alone atop the standings, which will not change until everyone else gets into region play in three weeks.
East Hall (0-1, 0-1) next will travel to Chattooga while Dawson County travels to rival Lumpkin next Friday.
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