Tigers Claw Way To Victory In Rain-Soaked Shootout [VIDEO]

The Warriors and Tigers battled in what many perceived as the region title game in Week 6, and if that holds true, Dawson County just made a huge statement with a 42-35 wild win in Dawsonville on Friday night.

The Tigers (2-3) overcame a third quarter deficit and scored the game-winning TD with under four to go in the game. It was Jaden Gibson who scored the game-winner on a 77-yard passing play from Zach Holtzclaw. Gibson then sealed the win with an interception in the red zone to turn away the Warriors’ final effort.

It was a massive performance for Holtzclaw, who threw for 6 touchdowns in the constant rain, which typically favors the run game. Tyler Lane had two receiving scores, as did Dakohta Sonnichsen. J Ben Haynes threw for a TD and ran for one, but came out of the game in the third quarter with a leg injury and did not return. He was on crutches favoring his right lower leg throughout the remainder of the game.

The Tigers took a commanding 14-0 lead before the Warriors (4-1) got going. Holtzclaw connected on a 36-yd TD to Lane for the first score with 2:37 left in the first. Early in the second, Holtzclaw found Colton Dyer on an 11-yd TD. After both teams traded interceptions – Braeden Hubbard for Dawson and Riley Turner for White – Haynes finally got the Warriors on the board with a 64-yd TD pass to Darius Cannon. Cannon made a juggling catch and raced down the sideline for the score, which came with 4:13 to go in the half.

The Tigers responded almost immediately, scoring 40 seconds later on a Holtzclaw pass to a shifty Sonnichsen. The shootout continued, as the Warriors again scored with 1:22 left in the first half on a Haynes 1-yd TD run, which cut the White County deficit to 21-14.

Out of the break, White County tied it up quickly on a 33-yd TD run by Silas Mulligan. Then after the Haynes injury around the red zone of the next drive, Riley Stancil came in at QB and scored on a 12-yd keeper to give the Warriors their first and only lead.

With 4:24 to go in the third, Lane caught a Holtzclaw pass in the back of the end zone to re-tie the game at 28 apiece, and pushed it to 35-28 in the final minute of the third when Holtzclaw threw a 42-yd TD to Sonnichsen, who backpedaled into the end zone.

The lead didn’t hold long, as Stancil capped off a quick White County drive with a 19-yd TD, tying the game at 35 with 10:55 to go in the fourth. Both teams had empty drives, including the Warriors fumbling away the ball at the 3-yard line in the final minutes. Dawson moments later found the game-winner when Holtzclaw threw one to the far side to a leaping Gibson, who hauled it in, shed a pair of would-be tacklers, and raced 77 yards for the game-winner with 3:50 to play.

The Warriors had one more shot, but a tipped ball in the end zone fell into the hands of Gibson, who returned the ball with under two minutes left to around midfield.

Digital Copy of Highlights – Dawson vs White

Digital Copy of Highlights – Dawson vs White

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