Tigers Barely Fall To Cherokee Bluff In Heated Showdown
Chaz Mullis – The Dawson County Tigers took a narrow defeat on Friday night against the undefeated, #9-ranked Cherokee Bluff Bears. This was nonetheless a fantastic conclusion for the Tigers’ regular season as this was their last home game. This will surely go down as one of the closest defeats in Dawson’s football history.
The Tigers came out swinging with an early 10-yard interception TD by Kade Moledore. After stopping both a Tiger field goal attempt, Jayquan Smith scored on a 43-yard TD run shortly after to tie up the game at 7-7. Dawson’s Isaiah Grindle wasted no time with a 75-yard TD run that ended the quarter at 14-7.
The Bears answered back in the second with Smith scoring an 80-yard TD run, tying the game at 14-14. Dawson settled for two field goals later in the quarter after an impressive Cherokee Bluff defense halted both TD attempts, raising the score to 20-14.
The second half opened with a Smith TD pass that brought the Bears back up 21-20. The Tigers’ final TD of the night came as a result of a 63-yard pass to Isaiah Grindle, leading to a 14-yard TD by Conley Dyer. Smith once again powered through a tense Dawson defense to run 79 yards for the final TD, leaving the third quarter at 28-27.
The fate of the game was sealed when Cherokee Bluff finally broke the morale of a tense Dawson defense by barely snagging a first down by mere inches around the 40-yard line. With only 3 minutes in the ballgame left, Dawson conceded.
The Tigers will go on to play Lumpkin County next week, while Cherokee Bluff will take on North Hall.