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Late Pick 6 seals Dawson County's fate in 63-49 loss to South Forsyth

By Tim Whitmire
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DAWSONVILLE — Dawson County found itself on the short end of another offensive shootout for the second week in a row in a 63-49 loss to South Forsyth on Friday at Tiger Stadium.

It's the first time in the Sid Maxwell-era the Tigers have opened the season 0-3 and the first time since 2014. 

The Tigers were driving in for a game-tying score with 31 seconds remaining with possession at the two-yard line when South intercepted a tipped pass in the end zone and the sprint 100 yards for the endzone. 

Dawson rallied back from a 42-21 third-quarter deficit and cut the score to 56-49 with 1:14 remaining. Zack Holtzclaw (23-35-2 351yards, 5TDs) connected with Jaden Gibson for the fourth time from 21 yards out. Dawson's Caleb Bonesteel then followed with a perfectly placed onside kick to give the Tigers the final game-tying opportunity.

Dawson was able to move the possession from the South Forsyth 49 to the 2-yard line on a series of passes to Gibson (14 catches for 200 yards, 4TDs) and senior receiver Max Moon (5-74). The drive was aided by a pair of South penalties inside the 10-yard line to set up the final drama.

The Tigers matched scores with South through the busy first quarter, but the War Eagles claimed the lead for good, 21-14, with 2:18 remaining the first quarter. South pushed the score up to 26-14 off a safety and 35-yard field goal. 

Later in the half, Holtzclaw connected with Gibson for a score with 1:21 to go, slicing into the Eagles' lead, 26-21.

South Forsyth appeared to take control of the game momentum, by opening the half with a 46-yard pick-six and a 7-yard Tre’-von Green score (19-113 2TDs) to push the lead to 21.

The Tigers chipped away behind a balanced attack to pull to seven points twice in the half.

Dawson County (0-3) will travel to Northview on Friday. 

Scoring Summary

SF 21 5 16 21 63
DC 14 7 7 21 49
First Quarter
SF -- Green 11-yard run (Simpson kick) 5:34, 7-0
DC -- Holtzclaw-Lane 49-yard pass (Bonesteel kick) 4:10,  7-7
SF -- Durham-Morris 28-yard pass (Simpson kick) 2:50, 14-7
DC -- Grindle 89-yard KOR (Bonesteel kick) 2:36, 14-14
SF -- Thompson 83-yard run Simpson Kick 2:18, 14-21
Second Quarter
SF -- Dawson fumble out of endzone (safety) 9:30, 14-23 
SF -- Simpson 25-yard FG 3:11, 14-26 
DC -- Holtzclaw to Gibson 13-yard pass (Bonesteel kick) 1:29 21-26
Third Quarter
SF -- Austin Uidel 46-yard Interception (2-point good)10:47, 21-34
SF -- Green 7yd run (2-point good) 6:49, 21-42
DC -- Holtzclaw to Gibson 30yd pass (Bonesteel Kick) 4:37, 28-42
Fourth Quarter
SF -- Durham to McGlocklin 10-yard pass (Simpson kick) 11:53, 28-49
DC -- Holtzclaw to Gibson 19-yard pass (Bonesteel kick) 9:26, 35-49
DC -- Baloga 14-yard run (Bonesteel kick) 6:05, 42-49
SF -- Morris 2-yard run (Simpson kick) 2:32, 42-56
DC -- Holtzclaw to Gibson 21-yard pass (Bonesteel kick) 1:14, 49-56
SF -- 102-yard Interception return 102 (Simpson kick) :14, 49-63
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