Dawson takes care of George Ranch 33-14

PEARLAND DAWSON — When the 2019 football season started, the Dawson Eagles were a pre-season pick to finish fourth in District 23-6A while still making the post-season.

The Eagles are now sitting atop of the 23-6A leaderboard with a perfect 4-0 mark after beating the top three pre-season picks in Pearland (40-29), Strake Jesuit (21-17), and George Ranch (33-14).

The only teams that are left on the schedule for Dawson are the three Alief schools Elsik, Hastings, and Taylor who are a combined 7-14 overall and 4-8 in league competition.

Dawson will host Alief Taylor on Friday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig.

Dawson head coach Mike Allison has been very emphatic at making sure his coaches and players concentrate and prepare on one game at a time. He has emphasized that if they do that --- the results will take care of themselves and so far the Eagles have done that with a 6-1 overall mark. With the regular season winding down -- Dawson is in the driver's seat to win their first 23-6A crown.

Special teams had a critical part in Dawson's win over George Ranch particularly placekicker Carter Brown who booted four three-pointers plus three PATs giving him 15 points for the game.

When Dawson's first drive stalled in the opening quarter at the George Ranch 23, Brown trotted on the field and drilled a 40-yarder for a 3-0 lead with 2:25 left in the first period.

With 5:53 left in the second quarter, it was the punt return's team time to shine as Cameron Whitfield blocked a punt and returned it for a 31-yard score. Brown hit the PAT and the Eagles had a 10-0 lead.

Dawson's final possession of the first half stalled on the Longhorns 14. Once again, Brown was called on to punch a 32-yard field goal through the uprights giving the Eagles a 13-0 lead at intermission.

"When you are talking about offensive help, Carter's field goal range has allowed us to keep our playbook open once we get to the 35," Allison said. "We are confident that he can make a long field goal, so we don’t have to narrow the offensive plays down to either be conservative or to take a shot. His consistency on extra-points has been a benefit as well." vThe Eagles offense opened up a lot better in the second half as Dawson scored on their early possession in the third quarter when Bobby Wooden scored on a 28-yard run with 8:44 left in the third. Carter hit another PAT to widen the lead to 20-0.

George Ranch cut into the margin quickly as Faybian Marks found a hole in the Dawson kickoff coverage to narrow the lead to 20-7 on a exciting 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown with 8:29 showing on the clock.

But Dawson would once again move the ball to the Longhorns 27 before Brown would get the call again to boot a 42-yard field goal to increase the lead to 23-7 with 5:23 remaining in the third.

The Eagles offense scored again on their next possession as quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 11:19 left in the fourth quarter to increase the margin to 30-7 following the Brown PAT.

The Longhorns managed one more score in the final frame to close the game to 30-14, but Brown put the nail in the coffin with his fourth field goal with 29 seconds left in the game -- this time on a 34-yarder to post the final 33-14 score for the Dawson win.

Kitt-Denton was 7-of-13 passing for 94 yards while rushing for 65 yards on 12 carries and one TD.

Bobby Wooden had 14 carries for 50 yards and five catches for 64 yards.

Ja'Den Stewart had 20 totes for 98 yards and one grab for 16 yards.

The Eagles offense had 213 yards rushing and 94 yards passing for 307 total yards while the Dawson defense held the Longhorns to only 10 yards rushing and 88 yards passing for 98 total yards.