Pearland survives Dawson in OT 28-27


PEARLAND — The 2nd Annual Strickland Chevrolet Dawson-Pearland Bowl was expected to be a dog fight and no one was disappointed in the battle.

Of course, when the Dawson PAT bounced off the right upright in their quest to tie up the game and send the game into double-overtime, then the game came to a shocking end in favor of the Oilers 28-27.

The sudden end left Dawson fans gasping in disbelief and the Pearland fans celebrating, though it took a few moments for them to realize what had just happened.

It was a very emotional game as both teams gave it their best. However, the disappointment from coaches, players, and fans was the officiating that left everyone disturbed.

The game was marred by multiple penalties. Dawson was flagged 15 times for 168 yards while Pearland sustained 11 infractions for 142 yards which totaled an unbelievable 310 yards. That was the most penalties of any game played in the Houston area on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Being able to establish a flow to the game is important for both teams and to have to overcome the inept officiating crew made things hard for both teams to overcome.

“Unbelievable,” Dawson head coach Eric Wells said. “Some were at the worst times. We completed a long pass down here, and then a flag was thrown after a catch was made. “We’ll just have to watch the tape. You have to battle through that.”

The flags also drew Pearland head coach Tony Heath’s thoughts.

“It was very tough – a lot were ridiculous on our part,” Heath said. “For us to move on, we have to eliminate that.

“We’ll watch the film and see what they are. There are definitely some things we need to clean up.”

While the coaches have to keep watch over their opinions, the fans let the officials know their opinions on both sides of The Rig throughout the game.

Despite some of the questionable calls, the teams continued to play hard to overcome.

Dawson drew first blood as Darrius Smith scored on a 3-yard pass from QB Zach Smith. Marek Biczynski booted the PAT giving the Eagles a 7-0 lead with 4:09 left in the opening period.

The Oilers tied up the game in the second quarter when junior RB Davier Pinkston found a hole to skirt 32-yards for the touchdown. Cody Bernstein hit the PAT to tie up the game at 7-7 with 5:49 left before halftime.

Pearland got the lead on the final play of the first half as Bernstein nailed a 32-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead at intermission.

The second half was one for the ages as Dawson took the lead 14-10 when the Eagles drove to the Pearland 13 where Smith threw a perfect pass to WR Brailon Mouton in the right corner of the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

But Pearland closed the gap with 8:26 left in the fourth quarter on a 37-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-13.

It appeared that the Eagles made a winning drive when senior RB Saevion Johnson broke through the middle of the Pearland defense, broke a couple of tackles, and raced 46-yards for a touchdown giving Dawson a 21-13 advantage.

Pearland got the ensuing kickoff, but had to punt the ball back to the Eagles.

The Eagles made just one first down and were forced to punt, giving the ball back to the Oilers with 2:09 left in the game.

Starting at their own 30, Pearland had one last breath to tie up the game.

Pearland QB Connor Blumrick hit Isaiah Chaney on a 30-yard crossing pattern to the Eagle 40 on first down. A screen on the next play didn't fool the Dawson defense resulting in a 1-yard loss.

On second-and-11 from the Eagle 41, Blumrick scrambled to his right, stopped and fired the ball down the field to a wide open Brady Basso inside the five-yard line. Basso easily made the catch and fell into the end zone to make it 21-19 with 1:20 left.

With the game on the line, Pearland was forced to go for two in order to tie up the game.

Heath called a bootleg pass. Blumrick rolled to his right and also being tackled, fired the ball to Chase Foster who made the catch in the end zone to tie up the game 21-21.

“We were in an unbalanced set and I saw them bringing a lot of pressure off the edge,” Heath said. “I said if we’re ever going to do it, let’s do it now, and so we just ran a naked boot out there, and we were able to connect.”

Dawson had one more possession, but didn't want to risk a turnover deep in their territory settled for overtime.

The Eagles on the toss for OT and elected to go on defense first to see what the Oilers would do.

Pearland picked up four yards on first down and then Blumrick suffered a 12-yard sack by the aggressive Dawson defense. Facing third down-and-18 on their own 33, Blumrick dropped back and threw up a pass that was caught in a crowd by Jonathan White who fell to the ground at the three.

After Foster was stopped for no gain on first down, Blumrick found a wide-open Cody Williams who caught the 3-yard TD pass.

Cody Bernstein hit the all-important PAT giving the Oilers the 28-21 lead for the first time in the second half.

The Eagles didn't create any drama on their way to scoring their overtime touchdown.

Kaleb White picked up seven yards on their first play. Johnson added three more yards for a first down at the Pearland 15. Smith hit Drake Rainer on an 8-yard pass setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by Johnson bringing the Eagles within one point 28-27.

As Dawson was setting up to kick the PAT, Pearland called a timeout leaving Dawson kicker Marek Biczynski some time to think about the extra point.

The Eagles lined up for the PAT, the snap was good, but the unthinkable happened as the kick by Biczynski bounced off the right upright leaving the Eagles shocked and the Oilers celebrating in the 28-27 win.

The game couldn't have been closer as Pearland had 342 total yards while Dawson had 341 total yards.

Blumrick was 6-for-8 passing for 107 yards and two TDs.

Pinkston had 15 carries for 139 yards and one score.

Basso had two catches for 35 yards and one TD while Cody Williams had two grabs for seven yards and a TD. Chaney had one catch for 30 yards in the game-tying drive while White had one catch leading up to the winning score.

Dawson's Smith was 6-of-15 for 80 yards and two TDs with one INT.

Johnson had 32 carries for 179 yards and two TDs. Smith had 13 totes for 60 yards.

Mouton had three catches for 26 yards and one score while Smith had one grab for three yards and a TD. Johnson had one catch for 42 yards.

Pearland will host the Alvin Yellowjackets on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig.

Dawson travels to the Alvin Memorial Stadium to take on the No. 9 state-ranked Manvel Mavericks on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m.