Dalton fell to Allatoona on Friday night in a battle for the likely second-place spot in the region, 17-14.
Dalton scored first on a 4th-and-1 quarterback sneak from Landon Allen with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter. Allatoona missed two field goals in the first half, including as time expired going into halftime, but did make one as the Catamounts led at the break, 7-3.
Scoring was then back and forth in the second half as Jahmyr Gibbs scored on a 17-yard touchdown run just before end of the third quarter to extend Dalton's lead, 14-3.
Allatoona responded before the end of the third with a touchdown through the air and cut Dalton's lead, 14-10. Allatoona took the lead with just more than 10 minutes remaining with another touchdown pass, 17-14.
Dalton (6-3, 4-3 in Region 6-6A) couldn't come up with enough down the stretch for a chance to take back the lead or to tie the game.
"We had some close plays," Dalton coach Matt Land said. "We didn't execute what we should have and couldn't get it done."
Land said his team was penalized seven times, compared to Allatoona's five during the game, but the Catamounts felt the damage.
"We made mistakes that we can't make against good teams. We just can't make those," he said. "They all came at very inopportune times."
Gibbs finished the game with 180 yards rushing on 22 carries. He now has 34 rushing touchdowns this season, and has accumulated 2,133 yards on the ground.
The Catamounts travel to Osborne to finish its regular-season next Friday night. Barring any upsets, Dalton should finish as the No. 4 seed from the region heading into the playoffs. Allatoona should finish as the No. 2 seed if it is to defeat Sequoyah next Friday.
"I'm super proud of our kids," Land said. "They played from kickoff to the buzzer, and at the end of the day that's all you can ask for."