Dawson moves past George Ranch 26-13


PEARLAND DAWSON — Dawson only had 30 plays on offense compared to 76 plays by George Ranch, but the Eagles took advantage of their opportunities to beat the Longhorns 26-13 as they also got offensive help from the defense.

Dawson found paydirt first with only 1:33 left in the opening quarter when senior wide receiver Ryan Guillo caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Colin Johnson for a 7-0 lead after the PAT by Carter Brown.

George Ranch tied up the game with 6:35 left in the second period on a 1-yard run by Cole Murphy making the score 7-7.

With 4:31 left in the first half, Dawson's defense got in on the scoring action when William Menjivar scooped up a George Ranch fumble and rambled 31-yards for the touchdown. The PAT was blocked leaving the Eagles with a 13-7 lead at intermission.

After both teams punted on their first possessions of the second half, Dawson began their second possession at their own 31.

The Eagles moved the ball to the George Ranch 11 in eight plays setting up a scoring strike from Johnson to Ashton Stroman with 2:51 remaining in the third frame making the score 20-7 following the PAT by Brown.

The Longhorns weren't going away as they scored on an 8-yard run by Hymond Drinkard, but missed the PAT leaving the Eagles clinging to a 20-13 advantage.

Dawson got the ensuing kickoff at their own 32 and Bryce Burgess carried the ball five straight times including a crowd-pleasing 33-yard scoring dash to the end zone to seal the 26-13 win for the Eagles after the missed PAT.

Burgess had 18 carries for 188 yards and one score.

Johnson was 8-of-15 passing for 54 yards and two TDs.

Guillo had three catches for 15 yards and one TD while Carson Kahn had two grabs for 15 yards. Dylan Boldrighini also had two catches for 13 yards while Stroman had one grab for 11 yards and one score.

The Eagles are idle this week, but will travel to Crump Stadium on Thursday, September 23 to play Alief Hastings at 7:00 p.m. in the District 23-6A opener for both teams.