HALL COUNTY, Ga. - It's time to tighten up and prepare for the HIGH 5 Sports Game of the Week between Dawson County and West Hall, super photographer at the game.
“We are wearing these gold socks tonight for childhood cancer,” said one of the West Hall Spartans.
“Go out there, play hard, play together,” said Spartans Head Coach Tony Lotti.
“Friday night,” Dawson County’s Wyatt McMahon exclaimed.
“Play with your heart, play with your mind,” said Dawson County Head Coach Sid Maxwell.
“Fire it up!” fans told the Tigers as they entered the stadium.
They ran through the Hot Gates of Spartan Field to begin a fabulous game.
Dawson County quarterback Coey Watson put on a heroic performance. A pass to Austin Young led to a touchdown and an 8-0 Tiger lead.
West Hall Quarterback Jacob Satterfield, Number 15, swung it out to Tyrese Osborne. That led to a Satterfield touchdown, he was in and in control of the ball. It’s an 8-7 game.
But Watson responds, running it into the end zone. Dawson County goes up 15-7 early in second quarter.
A fade into the corner from Satterfield to Number 4, George Lira, cut the led 15-13. Lira was definitely IN YOUR FACE!
West Hall’s Ashun Favorite with an interception just before halftime, hooks up with his blockers and adds more on the way. Favorite ends up cutting into the end zone giving the Spartans a 20-15 lead at the intermission.
Skipping ahead to fourth quarter action, Watson seems to be carrying his team on his back. He scores to put Dawson County back on top 23-20.
The Spartans kick a field goal to put the game into overtime.
In the second OT, Osborne bangs it in for the touchdown. That’s how the Spartans won it 30-23.
Coach Lotti said he was weighed down at times, but at times they rose back up.
“Well, that’s what I was proud of. we had some things not go our way, but the kids showed good character, kept battling to the end, and did what they had to do to get the 'W' at the end," said Coach Lotti.
Osborne, who made the winning score, said there wasn't a moment he didn't think his team wouldn't win and he was proud to stand behind them.
"It feels good. I'm proud of my team. I couldn't have done it without them,” said Osborne.
The Spartans increase their record this season to 4-1. They host the undefeated Rabun County Wildcats next week.
The Tigers, split on the only two games they have been able to play this season, host the White County Warriors (1-3) next week.