Dawson County High School Football


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DAWSONVILLE – Dawson County exploded for 591 total yards of offense en route to a 44-22 win over Haralson County on Friday in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs in Dawsonville.
Sevaughn Clark racked up 278 total yards -- 123 rushing, 155 passing -- and two scores. 
"The offense kept rolling right along," Tigers coach Sid Maxwell said. "Vaughn did a tremendous job moving the chains, and Ahmad (Kamara) and Shawn Thomas ran the ball hard. Overall, it was a great team win."
Kamara finished the night with 17 carries for 174 yards and a TD.
The Tiger defense held Haralson's Traylon Sheppard, Class AAA's rushing leader, to 139 yards and a TD. Coming into the game, Sheppard averaged 287 yards per game.
The Tigers (10-1) took an early 7-0 lead on a Clark 4-yard run in the first quarter but, two series later, Haralson found pay dirt off a 64-yard run by Marc Harris.
The Rebels (8-3) converted the 2-point attempt, taking an 8-7 lead with 1:37 to go in the first quarter.
The Tigers stormed back in big-play fashion, however, on the speed of Clark and Noah Brock. Clark scored first on a 41-yard TD run. Then, Brock showed his speed with a 71-yard run, giving the Tigers a 21-8 lead with 7:50 left in the second quarter.
Haralson added a score off a Javon Shepherd 64-yard run, closing the gap 21-16.
The second half opened with a pair of big-play touchdowns – one by Dawson and one by Haralson
Dawson only needed one play and 21 seconds on its first drive of the second half. Kamara took it 69 yards for the score extending the Tiger lead to 28-16 with 11:39 left in the third.
Haralson then answered on the next drive with its own fireworks display. 
Sheppard scampered 70 yards for Haralson's only TD of the second half with 10:04 to go in the third quarter, inching closer, 28-22. 
Dawson added two more TDs and a field goal – a 37-yard Thomas run, 24-yard Kaleb Bonesteel field goal and a 62-yard Clark pass to Ryan Glass.
Dawson ended the night with 436 yards on the ground and 155 yards passing. Haralson ended the night with 273 yards - all on the ground.
The Tigers will travel to Monroe Area next week in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.
DAWSONVIILE – The question entering the battle for the Region 7AAA number two seed was whether the Dawson County Tigers’ (9-1, 5-1) defense could stop the North Hall Trojan (8-2, 4-2) offense.  The Trojan offense had averaged 53 points per game in their eight wins entering the game.  The Tigers’ answered the call by stifling the North Hall offense in their 17-10 overtime win to earn the region runner-up spot for the second straight season.
Ahmad Kamara powers past North Hall on this 27-yard score
In the win, Dawson also secured the best regular season record for the program at 9-1.
The Tigers limited North Hall to only 119 rushing yards, 68 of those coming on a long run by J.T. Fear.  North Hall has forced to pass more than they have been accustomed to in 2018 and punting on nine of their twelve game possessions.
For both teams, the deciding overtime period came down to passing attempts with the Tigers converting on their attempt and North Hall’s ending with a Noah Brock intercept for the victory.
Caleb Bonesteel connects on two PATs and a game-tying 19-yard field goal with 8-seconds.
Dawson led for the majority of the contest as Ahmad Kamara (17-82 rushing yards) scored on an acrobatic 27-yard score with 17-seconds remaining in the first quarter to break a scoreless game.  It wasn’t until 2:03 remaining on the third quarter clock before North Hall before got on the board.   The score was set up on the Fear 68-yard run, but Dawson forced a 22-yard Aaron Sanchez field goal.
North Hall seemingly took the game momentum and their only lead with 4:30 remaining in the battle.  David Seavey connected with Fair on a 21-yard pass and grabbed the 10-7 lead.
Dawson was unsuccessful on their answering drive and gave North Hall a potential game winning possession with only 3:43 remaining.  On that possession, the Tiger defense again stepped up by forcing a North Hall punt that set up an opportunity for Dawson.  Needing a good punt return, Sophomore Dakotah Sonnichsen answered with a long punt return to the North Hall twelve yard line.  Dawson was unable to punch in the go-ahead score and tied the game with 8-seconds on a Caleb Bonesteel 19-yard field.
Adam Maner (45) pressures North Hall’s David Seavey (6).
In the overtime period, the Tigers had the first possession and were faced with second and long.  Rather than going with their run game, quarterback SeVaughn Clark got the Trojan defense to bite on a run fake and he found T.J. Wilson streaking uncovered into the endzone for a 14-yard winning score.
On North Hall’s possession, they were flagged on a run attempt, moving them back into a second 19-to-go scenario to set up the final drama.  The Trojan’s called a reverse pass play that was intercepted by Brock for the win.
Dawson is scheduled to host Haralson County in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on November 9.

DAWSONVILLE – The Dawson County Tigers (8-1, 4-1) solidified their role in the shootout for the Region 7AAA number two by soundly defeating Cherokee Bluff (0-10, 0-6) on Friday by a 41-7 final.  The Tigers will host North Hall next Friday for that two seed
Caleb Bell (13) brings down Cherokee Bluff receiver. Photo: Kaitlyn Bennett
The Tigers rolled up 403 yards of first half offense as they built a 41-0 halftime lead.  Ahmad Kamara and Shawn Thomas racked up 114 and 104 yards, respectfully while compiling two touchdowns each in the first half rout.
Defensively, the Tigers held the visiting Bears to only eight first half rushing yards on 17 carries and only 49 yards through the air.  The Tigers intercepted the visitors three times on the evening as Riley Herndon, Noah Brock and Tripp Cain were the recipients of the turnovers.
The Tigers’ scoring was the benefactor of long scoring runs by Dakota Sonnichsen (73 yards), SeVaughn Clark (81 yards), Kamara (49 and 51 yards) and Thomas (74 yards). Thomas also scored on a four yard run, set up by a 27-yard run.
The Bears only score came late in the game as a Tiger snap sailed into the endzone to be recovered by Cherokee Bluff.
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BLUE RIDGE – The Dawson County Tigers (7-1, 3-1) scored on eight of their first nine possessions to remain in the hunt for one of the top-two Region 7-AAA seeds on Friday in a 53-7 rout of Fannin County (3-5, 2-2).
The Tigers will need to finish out the season with two home wins to secure the second seed and a fourth consecutive home play-off game in Dawsonville.
Fannin opened up the game, connecting on 19 yards of passing to quickly move the possession, but the Dawson defense paired consecutive sacks to halt the Rebels’ only first-half drive.   The Tiger defense held Fannin to 29 passing yards and minus-18 running yards in the first half. In the game, the Tigers forced seven punts and a missed field goal in Fannin’s first eight possessions.
While the defense was holding their ground, a balanced attack yielded 364 yards and a 46-0 halftime lead. The balance was led by SeVaughn Clark’s 174 passing yards and two touchdowns, not to mention an 80-yard score that was called back.
The Tigers struck quickly, primarily through the air, on a three-play drive that culminated with Ahmad Kamara rushing in for a 14-yard score with 7:16 on the first quarter clock. Kamara finished the first half and game with 81 yards on six carries for two touchdowns. Kamara also saw significant time at linebacker and proved to be a challenge to handle on both sides of the ball. Kamara’s second score came 2:11 later with an 8-yard score that was paired with a Clark 2-point try for a 15-0 lead.
Dawson pushed the first quarter lead to 18-0 on a Caleb Bonesteel 36-yard field goal with 1:46 remaining in the first quarter. Bonesteel also connected on all five of his PAT kick attempts.
The Tigers blew the game open with four second-quarter touchdowns. Clark connected with Ryan Glass on an 8-yard score and, later in the quarter, on a 40-yard catch and run by Dakota Sonnichsen. Shawn Thomas also added touchdown scores of four and 10 yards in the quarter.
Fannin did have a first half scoring opportunity set up by a Dawson fumble on the Tiger 24 yardline, but the Tiger defense continued to put the Rebel offense in reverse-thrust. Fannin attempted a 37-yard field goal that fell short.
With another second-half running clock, Dawson scored on the opening drive of the half with Isiah Grindle capping a scoring drive on a 6-yard run.
Fannin added their score with 2:43 remaining in the third quarter with 67-yard scoring pass.
Dawson will host Cherokee Bluff this Friday in Dawsonville (0-9, 0-5).

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NORCROSS – Odds-makers typically give the home team a 3 point advantage and that is the is the way Friday’s night’s region battle ended.  It was a game of momentum shifts in a top ten battle for sole possession of first place in Region 7AAA.  In the end, Greater Atlanta Christian’s  mid-game momentum won out as the #4 ranked Spartans (5-2, 3-0) handed the #10 ranked Dawson County Tigers (6-1, 2-1) their first loss of the season 23-20.
SeVaughn Clark rushes for 117 yards and 2 TDs.
Offensively, Dawson focused on a ground game attack the yielded 242 rushing yards against one of state’s toughest defensive fronts.  SeVaughn Clark and Ahmad Kamara combined for the majority of the yardage with 117 and 115 yards respectfully.  Defensively, the Tigers remained tough against the rush, allowing 125 yards, but fell victim to a passing attack that produced 329 yards and two touchdowns.
Dawson took the early game momentum and marched on a 91-yard drive on their second possession that took the contest into the second quarter.  With the Tigers facing third down and long, senior quarterback Clark swept for the game’s first score on a 29-yard run with 11:50 on the second quarter clock and the 7-0 lead
Ahmad Kamara rushed for 115 yards against GAC.
after Caleb Bonesteel’s PAT kick.
GAC quickly answered with a 26-yard scoring pass to end a 64-yard drive, 7-7 with 9:30 on the clock.  After punting the ball back to the Spartans, the Dawson defense forced a fourth and fourteen punting situation.  GAC caught the Tigers off guard and converted a first down pass that claimed the games momentum, leading to a 30-yard field goal with 3:10 remaining in the half, 10-7 GAC.
The momentum continued on the Spartan’s next possession and with the first half clock winding down, they converted a one-play scoring drive on a 69-yard pass with 1:58 remaining and setting the halftime score at GAC 17-7.
Jason Browning (77) continues to be a challenge for offensive lines.
The second mirrored the scoreless first quarter with GAC mounting the only threat that was ended on a Brody Howell interception at the Tiger 8-yardline and returned to the 22.
GAC pushed the score up to 23-7 with 8:45 in the contest on a 38-yard score.  The PAT kick missed right.
The Tigers then reclaimed the momentum, answering the score with a 92-yard drive that ended with Dakota Sonnichsen taking the score in from the eight with 4:32 remaining.  Dawson went for the two-point conversion in an attempt to make it a one score game but came up short with GAC holding the 23-13 lead.
Robbie Rarick (35) ties up the GAC quarterback for a sack
Dawson followed-up with a successful onside kick that gunner Noah Brock scooped and took to the Spartan 24-yardline.  The Tiger offense couldn’t advance the ball and decided to take a shot at a 49-yard field goal to cut the game to seven points, but the kick went just wide.
The Spartan’s then went into clock expiration mode.  On the second play from scrimmage, Jason Browning ripped away and recovered the ball from Spartan quarterback Hardy to give Dawson another shot, again on the GAC 24.  Dawson converted on this possession with Clark scoring his second touchdown from the nine.  The PAT cut the score to 23-20.
Justin Browning (48) and Bryce Bryant (54) lead Dawson’s rushing defense.
Dawson was unable to secure the subsequent onside kickoff attempt as the Spartans ran out the game clock.
The Tigers will have an off week, then return to action on October 19 as they travel to Fannin County.

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RABBITTOWN – The Dawson County Tigers (6-0, 2-0) continue to raise the record book bar as they thrashed East Hall (1-5, 0-2) 64-0 on Friday.  The Tigers were the benefactor of great field position all night, with five of their seven first half possessions starting in East Hall territory.
Ahmad Kamara led the Tigers with three touchdowns and 87 yards on only five carries
The Dawson defense had another impressive performance, limiting the Vikings to -3 rushing yards on 27 attempts.  The offense took advantage of the great starting spots which led to three Ahmad Kamara first touchdowns of six, eleven, and five yards combined with his 87 rushing yards on only five attempts.  SeVaughn Clark continued to be effective in leading the total offensive output of 280 rushing yards while he went completed all three of his passing attempts for 90 yards including a touchdown strike of 19 yards to Ryan Glass in the second quarter.  Clark also scored from 29 yards out.
Defensively, the Tigers were able to add a score as Jason Browning tripped up the East Hall quarterback in the endzone for a safety in the second quarter.  Dawson also picked up a special teams score when Noah Brock took a punt return 43 yards for a late first quarter score.
The Tigers also added second half scores from Evan Abernathy, Shawn Thomas and Max Moon.
Dawson will look to take sole possession of first place in Region 7AAA as they continue the quest for road success at Greater Atlanta Christian.  GAC dropped North Hall 21-0 on Friday
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DAWSONVILLE – The Dawson County Tiger football program has never started a season with five consecutive victories.  That is not until Friday night, the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) dominated the scoreboard in a 36-3 Region 7AAA victory over the rival Lumpkin County Indians (2-3, 0-1).  Dawson rolled up 407 rushing yards  while riding the speed of sophomore Dakota Sonnichsen who ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on three carries.
Dawson’s Riley Herndon sets up Dawson’s second score on this 35-yard run.
The Tiger defense also continued their rush game effectiveness, holding Lumpkin’s wishbone strategy to 103 yards  on 46 carries.
The contest opened with Dawson gaining early momentum off a fumbled mid-distance kickoff by Lumpkin.  After an intentional grounding call forced by the Indian blitzing defense, the Tigers responded with Sonnichsen sweeping 42 yards for the game’s first score, only 24-seconds into the contest.  Ahmad Kamara (10-81 yards) ran in the two-point PAT, 8-0 Dawson.
The Tigers pushed the score up to 15-0 at the 8:26 mark of the first quarter after Dawson’s Caleb Bell recovered a Luke Smith fumble on the ensuing Indian drive.  On the drive’s first play, Riley Herndon was pulled into action at the quarterback position, after Sevaughn Clark equipment failure, and scampered 35-yards to set up the Tiger score with Kamara blasting in from the two.
Lumpkin’s Luke Smith (16) led the Indians with 45 rushing yards.
Lumpkin was able to answer with their own scoring drive after a Tiger pooch-kick to the Indian 47.  The Indians were able advance the ball downfield and also received the benefit of a Dawson facemask penalty to set up a 24-yard Jordan Buice field goal with 11:08 remaining in the first half, 15-3.
The second quarter remained quiet with neither team able to move possessions, but late in the first half, Dawson elected to take advantage of a fair-catch at the Lumpkin 45-yardline and attempt the rarely used free-kick option.  The Bonesteel 55-yard attempt with 54-seconds remaining fell just sort.  (Note: Dawson successfully executed the free kick in their 2015 win over Johnson.)
Dawson’s Evan Abernathy races for yardage on this reception.
The Tigers opened up the second half in the same style that opened the game.  With Dawson taking the second half kickoff, the drive from their own 23-yardline and quickly ended with Sonnichsen’s second score.  The 72-yard touchdown pushed Dawson’s lead to 22-3 with only 44-seconds retired off the second half clock.
Dawson’s defensive attack would contain Lumpkin to only 27 rushing yards, forcing the Indians to punt on their four second half possessions.  Dawson added two more scores to finish off the Indians.  The first on an 11 yard SeVaughn Clark score with 15-seconds remaining in the third, then on a 4-yard Shawn Thomas score with 7:27 remaining in the game.
Dawson continues 7AAA play on the road at East Hall on Friday.  Lumpkin will have their second bye-week on Friday before hosting Cherokee Bluff in two weeks.
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ALPHARETTA – It has been seventeen years since the Dawson County Tiger football program started with a 4-0 record.  The 2001 Tigers matched the best start ever by the program that was set in 2000.  Friday night’s 38-21 victory over the previously unbeaten Denmark Danes (3-1) will give this squad the opportunity set the new “best start” record in this upcoming weekend’s Region 7AAA opener versus Lumpkin.
Robbie Rearick (35) led Dawson with six tackles, three assists, two sacks, and three tackles for loss
While the offense racked up 38 points on the road, the story was a gritty defensive performance by Dawson.  After allowing a 75-yard touchdown pass on Denmark’s second possession of the night, the defense kept the Danes offense off the scoreboard on their next twelve possessions.  The pass attack for Denmark would garner 298 yards, but the Tigers would force three interceptions, including the third of the season by safety Logan Barnes.  Riley Herndon and Brody Howell would also be credited with a pick.  On the ground, the Tigers limited the Danes to only 19 yards on 22 rushing attempts and a fumble recovered by Zac Baloga.
The Dawson offense would again be paced by quarterback SeVaughn Clark and running back Ahmad Kamara.  Clark compiled 152 passing yards and 63 rushing yards along with two scores through the air and two on the ground while Kamara posted a 144-yard, one touchdown night.
The Tiger offense moved the ball effectively all night, compiling 573 total yards (421 rushing, 152 passing), but failed to get points on their opening drive that ended at the Dane one-yard line.  The defense forced a punt on the Denmark ensuing drive that set up the Tiger’s opening score, a 13-yard pass from Clark to Dakota Sonnichsen.  Caleb Bonesteel’s PAT set the 7-0 lead with 6:32 in the first.  The Dane’s quickly answered with a 75-yard one play score.
Dakota Sonnichsen with the Tiger touchdown reception.
Ahmad Kamara powers for some of his 144 rushing yards
Dawson then answered on their ensuing drive as Clark tossed his second touchdown pass, this time to Ryan Glass for 34-yard.  After the defense held Denmark, the Danes’ defense took advantage of Tiger penalties that created poor field position.  The host defense then put pressure on Clark for pick-6 to tie the score at 14-14 with 2:06 remaining in the first.
The Dawson offense then kicked their scoring into gear with seventeen unanswered points in the second quarter.  Dawson added scores on a 12-yard Kamara, a Clark 1-yard run, and a Bonesteel 28-yard field goal.  Dawson added their final score with 1:31 remaining in the third, a Clark 7-yard run to build a 38-14 lead after Bonesteel’s fifth PAT kick.
Riley Herndon (12) with the interception as Brody Howell (4) celebrates.
Denmark set up their final score after a fourth quarter blocked punt that resulted in an 8-yard drive, setting up the final score.
The Tigers host the Lumpkin County Indians on Friday in the Region 7AAA opener.  Lumpkin was off this week as they bring a 2-2 record into the rivalry.  The Tiger-Indian series is currently tied at 19-19-2.
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DAWSONVILLE – It took just over a quarter of play for the Dawson County Tigers (3-0) to shake off the bye week rust against the West Hall Spartans (1-2) and rally for a 45-14 win.   The Tigers found themselves trailing 7-0 early in the second quarter before scoring 42-0 unanswered points in the second and third quarters behind Ethan Cameron and SeVaughn Clark running in two scores each and connecting through air on another.
Riley Herndon (12), Brody Howell (4), Logan Barnes (7) and the Tiger defense held the Spartans to 61 rushing yards.
After the Tigers fumbled on their opening drive and miss a field goal on the subsequent drive, the Tiger defense kept West Hall in check with the exception of a 66-yard pass completion that set up the Spartans’ first score early in the second quarter.  The Tiger defense would answer after the score by silencing West Hall for the remainder of the game.  The defense was led by two Logan Barnes interceptions and
e advantage of a pair of Spartan miscues to reclaim and extend the lead to 21-7 by the half.
Clark reclaimed the lead on a 5 yard run after a bad West Hall punt snap, combined with running in the two-point PAT.  A West Hall fake punt on the subsequent drive set up a Clark-to-Cameron 35-yard touchdown pass.  The Caleb
Shawn Thomas (21) was key in Dawson’s run game.
Bonesteel PAT set the Dawson halftime score at the 2:22 mark in the second quarter.
Dawson would put the game out of reach in the third quarter with their combined offensive and defensive dominance.  The half opened with the Tigers recovering a second half pooch kick
on the Spartan 30 and converting the possession into points on a 14-yard Cameron run.  Bonesteel’s PAT pushed the lead to 28-7.
A bad punt would set up the next Tiger score, a 37-yard drive ending with a Clark 9-yard score.  The final Dawson touchdown came off a 72-yard drive with an electrifying 20-yard Cameron touchdown run at the 4:07 mark of the third.  Bonesteel’s fourth PAT set the score at 42-7.
West Hall added a score with a score set up off a block on the
Zac Baloga (42) with the knockdown for the defense
only Tiger punt attempt on the night.  The 11-yard West Hall drive at 9:27 shaved the Tiger lead to 42-14.
Dawson added one final score with a 30-yard Bonesteel field goal with 5:39 remaining in the game.
The final West Hall attempt for points was ended by a Tripp Caine interception before the Tigers ran the game clock out.
Dawson will complete their non-region schedule next week at Denmark High who defeated Forsyth Central 7-3 on Friday.  The Danes are 3-0 with wins also over Cherokee Bluff and North Springs.
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DAWSONVILLE – A first quarter dismantling of Chestatee (0-2) by Dawson County allowed the Tigers to build a comfortable 37-0 cushion enroute to a 59-0 victory.  As far as the record books, the victory represented the largest shutout victory in Tiger football history.  Dawson also rolled up 489 of their 552 yards of offense on the ground.
After forcing the visiting War Eagles 3-and-out on their first possession, Dawson started the steamroll with a 63-yard Ahmad Kamara touchdown with only 2:24 into the game.  Caleb Bonesteel connected on the first of his five PAT kicks to set the score at 7-0.

The Dawson Defense rips the possession away from Chestatee / Photo: Kaitlyn Bennett, NGSL
The Tiger defense held Chestatee on their next two possessions with the offense converting on a SeVaughn Clark to Ethan Cameron 22 yard pass and the second Kamara score, also from 22 out, for touchdowns. Riley Herndon ran in both of the accompanying PATs to extend the lead to 23-0 with 3:11 remaining in the quarter.
Chestatee would set up the next two Tiger scores off fumbled kickoffs that resulted in an Evan Abernathy score from two yards out and a Clark 23-yard run to extend the score to 37-0 with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter.

On their opening drive in the second quarter, the War Eagles would fumble for the third time in the half, which the Tigers converted into Cameron’s second score.  The 69-yard run and resulting PAT set the halftime score at 45-0 by the 7:42 mark in the half.
With a second half running clock, Dawson would add scores in the third and fourth quarter.  Shawn Thomas’ 61-yard score pushed the Tigers up 52-0 as Isiah Grindle added the final score on a one-play drive, running it in from 49 out on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Dawson will take a week off before hosting West Hall in Dawsonville on September 7.

Dawson County runs past Hab Central in thriller


MT. AIRY — The new-look Dawson County offense looked just fine Friday night in the Tigers’ season opener against Habersham Central at Raider Stadium.
The Tigers, switching to a more ground-oriented spread attack in 2018, churned out 320 yards on the ground with new senior quarterback SeVaughn Clark pounding out 199 yards and three touchdowns, none more important than his final one, a 5-yard scamper with 53 seconds left to give  Dawson County a thrilling 32-28 victory.
Tigers’ newcomer and bruiser Ahmad Kamara added 144 yards and one score as the pair wore down the Raiders defense with a 5:39 game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Kamara had 40 yards and Clark 20 yards on the final drive.
“I thought we were consistent all night on the ground and that was our game plan coming in,” Dawson County coach Sid Maxwell said. “We still have a lot to work on but I feel like after watching that we also have plenty to build on. SeVaughn and Ahmad I thought both had outstanding games.”
Habersham coach Benji Harrison, despite the loss, also found some positives to walk away with despite watching his group denied in yet another close finish. The Raiders (0-1) lost eight games by just 37 total points and six games by 4-points or less in 2017.
“We don’t worry about what happened last year. I’m frustrated any time we lose so how close it is doesn’t matter all that much,” Harrison said. “We’re a young team with a lot of talent and I thought they did a great job of adjusting and responding.”
New Raiders’ quarterback senior Tre Luttrell dazzled at times with a 74-yard touchdown run and a 64-yard touchdown pass to Dontarus Bailey. But he and the Habersham defense were overshadowed by the size of Clark and Kamara.
“That’s (Dawson’s) style and they did what we saw on tape,” Harrison said. “Those two guys are tough to stop. But we gave ourselves a chance. That was a fun football game and I feel this team is going to continue to get better and we’ll be competitive each week.”
Both teams struck on their opening drives. The Tigers marched 77 yards in 12 plays, capped by a Kamara 28-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. Clark was 3-for-3 for 30 yards passing and added 18 yards rushing on the drive as well.
Habersham answered right back, however, when Luttrell, after dropping the first snap, scooped up the loose ball and then weaved and serpentined 74 yards through the Tigers defense to tie the game at 7-7 just 25 seconds later.
It was all Dawson County the rest of the first half. The Tigers defense forced one Habersham turnover, two punts, and stopped the Raiders on downs inside the Tigers 15.
Clark reclaimed the lead for Dawson County with a 14-yard scoring run and Riley Herndon added a 2-point conversion for a 15-7 lead with 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Raiders defense hung tough in the second quarter forcing one punt and held the Tigers to a 25-yard Caleb Bonesteel field goal with 1:34 left after stopping Clark twice inside the Habersham 5.
The Habersham offense got the balance it wanted with 75 yards rushing and 72 yards passing in the first half. But after Luttrell’s 74 yard scamper on the opening play, the Raiders were held to just total 73 yards and just 1 yard rushing the rest of the half.
However, Habersham struck quick in the third quarter when Luttrell and Bailey connected on their long touchdown pass on the third play of the second half to cut the lead to 18-14. It was a simple out route that Bailey shook off a tackler and then outraced the Tigers defense the final 54 yards.
But Clark answered back quickly for the Tigers sprinting through and past the Habersham defense for a 66-yard touchdown run on the next possession to push the lead back to 25-14 with just under nine minutes left in the quarter.
Luttrell and Bailey hooked up again on their next possession with a 12-yard scoring pass to pull within 25-21.
The Habersham defense then forced consecutive Dawson County punts, including the second one that pinned the Raiders back to their own 8. Three straight Tracey Lowery runs, however, moved Habersham to its own 43 and two plays later Jackson Clouatre busted straight up the middle and outraced the Tigers for a 50-yard score to give the Raiders their first lead at 28-25 with 6:53 left.
“I was real proud of how the guys didn’t quit and kept coming back. I feel good about moving forward,” Harrison said.
But the Raiders couldn’t hold on. Clark’s 5-yard run gave the Tigers the final lead and on the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick by Bonesteel hit a Habersham player and the Tigers recovered at the Raiders 43 sealing the victory.
Dawson Co......15.....3......7....7 -- 32
Hab Central.......7......0....14....7 -- 28
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DAWSONVILLE – Football is back.  The void that pigskin aficionados and groupies have felt since the winter chill arrived has finally been filled.  The Dawson County Tiger versus North Forsyth Raider pre-season scrimmage on Friday didn’t count toward any season milestones, but the game provided a playoff run ambiance for these two close-knit neighboring communities.  In the end, it will give the Dawson community some bragging rights as they controlled the second half to win 28-14 and more importantly give Sid Maxwell and Robert Craft’s coaching staffs game film to make their final adjustments.
Dawson’s Ahmad Kamara played a key role in the Tiger’s offense
The pre-season tag didn’t limit the intensity on the field as the two schools felt the importance of winning this neighborhood battle.
After limiting North on the game’s initial possession, the Tiger’s opened a possession featuring new arrival Ahmad Kamara on the run game and ended with a 66-yard SeVaughn Clark sprint to give Dawson the 7-0 lead.   North would follow-up with a Bryson Trigg rush to tie the game.
Dawson would assemble another drive that resulted in a fumble on the North 4 yardline, but the Tiger defense limited North and regained the possession that ended with Kamara getting a short TD run and a Dawson 14-7 lead.  North followed suit with a strong drive, positioning for a Honus Wagner score to tie the game at 14-14.
Bryson Trigg scores one of North’s touchdowns
Throughout the game, the Dawson defense controlled the line and kept constant pressure on the North quarterback, limiting any strong passing attack.  The defensive performance positioned the Tigers for their final two second half scores, a long third quarter pass by quarterback Riley Herndon to tightend T.J. Wilson who broke open in the endzone.  Herndon added the final score in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard run.
North will host Cherokee County in the opener, while Dawson will travel to Habersham Central to open the season on August 17.

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Updated: Aug. 7, 2018, 5:10 p.m.
“2018 – Welcome to the Grind.”
With that simple mantra the Dawson County High School Tigers are back for another season.
With the school year already underway, the excitement of football has begun to show up everywhere. Conversations in grocery stores, offices and living rooms begin to reference Friday nights. Whether it’s a comment on the possibility of a championship this year, or what the games do to traffic, it seems like football becomes the talk of the town.
“It’s game week,” Coach Bradley Fowler shouted during an Aug, 3 practice. “Game day is coming.”
The excitement is contagious as players run contact drills, gap drills, tackling drills and route drills. The sounds of pads and bodies colliding fill Tiger stadium, and all that is missing now is a cheering crowd.
“It really is a next-man-up system” said Head Coach Sid Maxwell. “We try to emphasize that by running everybody through every drill. Offense, defense, doesn’t matter.”
Although he does not anticipate many game scenarios that would require a player to play on both sides of the ball, after back-to-back seasons as the regional runner-up, the focus is on the fundamentals of football and teamwork.
“If the situation comes up, we need to be able to handle it,” Maxwell said.
The first chance to put it all to the test comes this Friday, Aug. 10 with a contest against the visiting North Forsyth Raiders. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Though the game will be played as a scrimmage and does not count towards the season rankings, it marks the first full contact football played by the Tigers this season.
“It gives us an opportunity to see who can do what, try out some different packages,” Maxwell said. “We don’t treat it any differently than any other game. It's all about having fun out there.”
As the season opener, Friday’s event will feature a pre-game BBQ dinner courtesy of The Touchdown Club and Harmony Baptist Church. Tickets for the game are available for purchase online at dchstigerfootball.com.
The full ticket price of $15 includes entry to the game and the BBQ dinner. If you don’t have time for a football game but are looking for a good dinner and a chance to support the Tigers, there is a $10 option just for the BBQ.
“All proceeds go to fund the program, so we can provide the best experience possible for the kids,” said Coach Gregory Baloga.

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JASPER – The prelude for the 2018 Dawson County Football season was on display at Friday night’s Spring scrimmage with Pickens County with some old faces in new places. Most notably, senior back Sevaughn Clark looked comfortably set as the quarterback starter for the Tigers, exiting the spring.  Also the move of defensive end T.J. Wilson to running back/tight end will provide some unique size options for Dawson on offense.  As far as the game, the evening finished with a 42-31 score, in favor of the host Dragons.
Clark saw action at quarterback once in 2017, but added an effective passing attack to thanks to the Spring reps. He saw most of the rushing action for Dawson combined with runs by Wilson and familiar names like Robbie Rarick and Shawn Thomas.  In the passing game, he was spot on target completing some key passes. In the quarterback reserve role, Riley Herndon and freshman Max Moon were also effective in Dawson’s game plan. As one would have predicted, Ethan Cameron came away with a solid receiving performance combined with Hunter Barron and Dakota Sonnichsen reeling in multiple receptions.
Defensively, the Tigers were at time porous, but obviously rotating players for experience purposes. Justin Browning provided a lot of up front pressure for the Tigers combined with Noah Brock and Barron’s d-back play.  Brock’s younger brother Daniel also heard his name called out on several defensive plays.
Dawson looked solid at the kicking position with rising sophomore Caleb Bonesteel hitting his four extra points and a 21-yard field goal
Coach Sid Maxwell commented after the game, “We saw a lot of good things and a lot of things we need to work on. I was pleased with the intensity, a lot of bright spots and lot of surprises.” When asked about the intensity and performance of the freshman, Maxwell credited that with the evolution of the football program with the middle schoolers feeding off knowledge of the varsity’s gameplan, “The system is in place, so they actually understand where they are going.”
While the Pickens varsity outscored Dawson 28-17, their JV rallied late to tie Dawson in a quarter-and-a-half of action, 14-14. Pickens marched their opening possession down for their first score.  Their second possession was stopped at the goal line when Noah Brock pulled in an interception for Dawson.
After Pickens pushed the score up to 14-0, Dawson assembled their first successful drive with Clark powering in a short TD run.
Pickens responded to push the score up to 21-7, only to find Clark connecting with Cameron on a 1-play 70-yard touchdown score. Pickens once again answered by pushing the lead up to 28-14.  The Dawson varsity closed out their scoring on Bonesteel’s field goal early in the third quarter, 28-17.
Dawson’s JV and freshmen play was highlighted by the solid play from quarterback Moon and running back Isiah Grindle. The pair connected on an 11 yard touchdown pass, then the JV added a score on a 4-yard Zack Holtzclaw score from the quarterback spot.  Pickens answered twice in the closing minutes of the game to set up the final score.
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