Dawson hangs on for 24-21 win over Strake Jesuit


DAWSON — The Dawson Eagles jumped out to an 18-0 lead through three quarters before surviving Strake Jesuit's attempt to pull out a last minute district win.

"Very proud of our kids for the fight they showed," said Dawson head coach Mike Allison. "Strake Jesuit is a very good team, and it is always difficult to go to their place and win.

"The coaching staff did a great job preparing the players all week and making adjustments when needed."

Neither team scored in the opening quarter, but the Dawson defense tossed a shutout in the second period while the offense scored 15 points for a 15-0 halftime lead.

The Eagles scored their first touchdown in the second quarter when QB Colin Johnson threw a pass to WR Ryan Guillo who turned the short throw into a 54-yard score for a 6-0 lead after a missed PAT.

Dawson scored again as Bryce Burgess raced 10-yards for a touchdown making the score 12-0 following another miscue with the PAT.

The Eagles added a 21-yard field goal before halftime by Carter Brown for a 15-0 advantage at intermission.

Dawson managed only one score in the third period as Brown booted a 49-yard field goal making the score 18-0.

Strake Jesuit finally got on the scoreboard when QB Bryce Fucik hit WR Will Taylor for a 1-yard scoring toss. The Crusaders attempted a two-point conversion which was fumbled and Dawson's Jackson Cody recovered the ball leaving the score in favor of the Eagles 18-6.

The Crusaders scored on their next possession when Fucik hit Taylor again covering 25-yards for the score. The PAT was good and Strake Jesuit cut the margin to 18-13.

But Dawson responded with a score when Johnson fired a strike to Guillo who scored on a 55-yard catch and run. The PAT was no good leaving the Eagles with a 24-13 lead.

The Crusaders scored a final touchdown when Fucik threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Chico Holt. The two-point conversion was good leaving the score 24-21 which stood as the final score.

"Defensively, it was a good night also," Allison said. "Aidan King led the team in tackles, Gabe McFarland and Jaiden Walker both had interceptions, and our defensive line played well.

"The players have been unselfish in their play, and have done a great job of preparing for our opponents.

"Special teams had a few issues, but Carter Brown did hit a couple of field goals (21 and 49 yds.) which proved to be the difference in the game."

Johnson was 14-of-17 passing for 236 yards and three TDs.

Burgess had 124 yards rushing on 19 carries and one score.

Guillo had six catches for 155 yards and two touchdowns.

Dawson will host the Alvin Yellowjackets on Friday, October 22 at Pearland ISD Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The Eagles can secure their place in the post-season with a win over the Jackets.