Dawson opens season with win over Oak Ridge

PEARLAND — Dawson got some great performances out of two of their running backs who sparked the Eagles to a 31-21 victory over the Conroe Oak Ridge War Eagles.

RB Darrius Smith carried the ball 18 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns including a 75-yard scoring jaunt that ignited the home crowd.

Add running back Lance Charles to the mix and the little scatback added 77 yards on 10 carries and a lightening quick 47-yard scoring dash giving the pair 262 rushing yards and four TDs.

Senior QB Zach Smith went out of the game early with a dislocated shoulder that will sideline him for a couple of games. Smith was 4-for-7 passing for 52-yards and had three carries for 11 yards. He was replaced by Niko Thomas who was 7-of-11 for 97 yards and had six totes for 12 yards.

But the show belonged to Darrius Smith and Charles who carried the offensive torch against the War Eagles.

Smith put the Eagles up 7-0 with 8:41 left in the opening stanza on a short 4-yard run.

Charles brought the crowd into the game when he dashed for a 47-yarder with 5:50 left in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead following the PAT by Claire Jeffries who is the first girl who has ever played on the varsity for Dawson.

Jeffries added a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter giving Dawson a 17-0 advantage with 7:39 left.

But it only took 14 seconds for the War Eagles to wake up as Kamari Williams fielded the kickoff at his own 6-yard line, found a seam up the middle of the Dawson coverage team, and turned the after burners to score on a sensational 94-yard kickoff return to close the gap to 17-7 at the 7:25 mark.

Dawson would add one more score before halftime as Smith scored his second touchdown on a 19-yard sprint to the end zone make the score 24-7 at intermission.

The Eagles built a 31-14 lead on Smith's 75-yard scoring run with 10:43 left in the third quarter.

Oak Ridge made an effort to get back in the game in the third quarter when Kyle Townsend caught a 19-yard pass from QB Bishop Durst with 11:21 left in the third and on a 27-yard run by Jimmie Moore at the 5:11 mark of the third period to cut the margin to 31-21.

Neither team scored in the final frame and Dawson went on to post their first win of the 2016 football season.

Dawson finished with 451 total yards while Oak Ridge was held to only 207 total yards with 106 on the ground and 101 through the air.

The Eagles had 302 yard on the ground and 149 through the air.

Other players who contributed to the game included Niko Thomas who added two catches for 18 yards. Mason Pierce had two grabs for 33 yards. Osby Mitchel led all receivers with four catches for 49 yards and Jarmichael Cooper added four receptions for 41 yards.

Dawson will travel to face Deer Park on Friday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Abshier Stadium.