Dawson prepares for non-district foes

PEARLAND — Dawson head coach Eric Wells had to be pleased with what he saw at the first scrimmage against Fort Bend Clements. The Eagles were dominate on both sides of the ball and showed they are going to be a team to contend with for the District 23-6A title in 2017.

Entering the scrimmage was the question of who was going to be the quarterback, but offensive coordinator Ryan Silvertooth didn't seem too worried as he watched a sophomore, junior, and senior take repetitions during the scrimmage.

It appeared that the sophomore and junior signal-callers might have the early edge with one nifty on the run with the other showing strong passing skills.

Dawson will be strong at running back led by senior ball carrier Darrius Smith who has already committed to Arizona.

Defensively, the Eagles showed a lot off aggression and speed and should be able to hold their own against any opponent this year. Here are the non-district teams that Dawson will face for the upcoming season.

Conroe Oak Ridge War Eagle - Thursday, August 31 - at Woodforest Stadium - 7:00 p.m.

Dawson opened the 2016 season against Oak Ridge and came away with a hard-fought 31-21 victory.

Oak Ridge failed to make the post-season last year as they compete in one of the tougher districts that includes The Woodlands, Beaumont West Brook, Lufkin, and Montgomery in 12-6A which is the way the prognosticators are picking the first four teams to make the playoffs.

Oak Ridge is a team that is considered a dark horse with Conroe and College Park make the rest of the league teams.

The War Eagles finished 4-6 overall and 2-4 in district last year. They should be improved with five offensive and seven defensive starters returning with 25 lettermen. They have much more depth this season and could surprise a few teams that might take them for granted.

Deer Park Deer - Friday, September 8 - at The Rig - 7:00 p.m.

Deer Park jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in 2016 over the Eagles and appeared on their way to a lopsided win.

However, the Eagles went on a 41-3 scoring spree the next three quarters to pull out a 41-17 victory.

Deer Park is the early favorite to win District 22-6A that will include La Porte, Pasadena Dobie, Pasadena Memorial, Pasadena South Houston, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, and Pasadena in that order.

The Deer made the playoffs last season, but were an early casualty in the opening round to finish 7-4 overall and 5-1 in league play to finish behind district champion La Porte.

Deer Park has only two offensive and one defensive starter returning to go with 12 returning lettermen to compete in a usual weak district.

Summer Creek Bulldogs - Friday, September 15 - at The Rig - 7:00 p.m.

Summer Creek didn't make the playoffs last season, but they did upset the Dawson Eagles 47-34 in an offensive shootout. The Bulldogs finished 4-6 last year and will have seven offensive and three defensive starters returning with 28 lettermen. They are a fourth place pick in the pre-season district standings.

Summer Creek is in a tough district with North Shore, Atascocita, and Kingwood projected to finish in front of them. The rest of the 21-6A district includes Channelview, Baytown Sterling, C.E. King, and Goose Creek Memorial.

Dawson made a lot of mistakes against the Bulldogs last year trailing 40-20 at halftime. The Eagles won the second half 14-7, but it wasn't enough to overcome the first half woes. The Eagles will certainly have them on their radar this season to complete their non-district schedule.