Dawson gets untracked for 40-23 win over Taylor


DAWSON — After a slow start in the first quarter and trailing Alief Taylor 13-7, the Dawson Eagles exploded for 23 second quarter points to take control of the crucial District 23-6A contest.

Dawson outscored the home team 10-3 in the second half to return back to Pearland with the 40-23 win to improve to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in district.

Taylor got on the scoreboard first on a 73-yard pass from QB Chase Jenkins to Bricen Brantley for the early 7-0 lead with 9:07 in the first quarter.

Dawson tied up the game 7-7 with 5:11 remaining in the opening stanza on a 2-yard run by Ashton Stroman followed by the PAT by Carter Brown.

But Jenkins hooked up with Brantley on a 42-yard scoring pass with 2:46 left in the first making the score 13-7 following the missed extra point.

The second quarter was a different story for Dawson as they outscored the Lions 23-7 starting with a 40-yard field goal by Brown with 10:04 left in the second quarter to narrow the margin to 13-10.

With 7:22 left in the second, Tony Roberson III got loose on a 55-yard scoring jaunt giving the Eagles their first lead of the game 16-13 after the two-point conversion was no good.

Bryce Burgess scored the next touchdown for Dawson on a 2-yard run with 4:42 left before halftime to make the score 23-13.

The Eagles added one more score before intermission on a Jaiden Walker fumble recovery for a score. Brown tacked on the extra point and the Eagles were in front 30-13 with 2:15 left in the the first half.

But the Lions found a way to score with :22 seconds left before intermission on a Jenkins 10-yard pass to Tyler King to cut the lead to 30-20 at the half.

Dawson outscored Taylor 10-3 in the second half as Stroman scored on a 67-yard pass reception from QB Colin Johnson in the third quarter and Brown booted a 41-yard field goal in the fourth period.

Taylor managed a 24-yard field goal in the third.

The Eagles closed out the game 40-23 to get the win.

Johnson was 13-of-24 passing for 213 yards and one TD.

Burgess had 22 carries for 99 yards and one TD while Roberson had five totes for 63 yards and one score.

Stroman had five catches for 102 yards and two TDs while Ryan Guillo had four grabs for 85 yards.

Dawson will travel to Crusader Stadium to face Strake Jesuit on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in a crucial district game that has playoff implications.