Dawson moves past George Ranch 33-14

PEARLAND — It is getting to be a critical time in the 2018 season and with Dawson facing George Ranch, the Eagles needed a critical win over the Longhorns to remain in the playoff hunt.

Dawson entered the game at 1-2 in district while George Ranch was 2-1. The Eagles could not afford to drop another league contest and expect to advance to the post-season.

Head coach Mike Allison and his coaching staff had their players charged up and ready to go as they got a solid 33-14 win over the Longhorns to improve to 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in district. George Ranch drops to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in league play.

"Coach (Tre) Grimes and the defensive staff did an excellent job," Allison said. "They did a fantastic job of game planning, and we were able to get a few turnovers."

George Ranch took the opening kickoff to their own 37 and drove to the Dawson 36 before quarterback Christian Jackson threw a pass that was picked off by Dawson's Blake Smith at the Eagle 8. Smith returned the ball to the Dawson 39.

It only took eight plays for the Eagles to score as quarterback Patrick Kramer tossed a short pass to Jake Allison for a 4-yard touchdown. The PAT was blocked leaving Dawson with a 6-0 lead early in the first quarter.

On the ensuing kickoff, George Ranch returned the ball to their own 32, but fumbled the ball which was recovered by Darien Flynn who picked up the ball and was tackled at the Longhorn 14.

It took only two plays for Dawson to cash in on the turnover as Aeneas McClure scored on a 9-yard run. Carter Brown booted the PAT giving the Eagles a 13-0 advantage.

With 1:08 still left in the opening quarter, Dawson would push the score to 19-0 when Mason Pierce got loose on a 35-yard scoring run. The PAT was botched on the attempt.

The Longhorns finally found the pay station with 9:36 left in the second quarter on a 1-yard plunge. The two-point conversion was not good leaving Dawson in the lead 19-6 at intermission.

Dawson got the second half kickoff and set up at their own 25.

On the third play of the third quarter, Kramer launched a missile to Myles Kitt-Denton for a 73-yard scoring catch and run at the 11:06 mark of the third period. Once again, the PAT had issues leaving the Eagles with a 25-6 lead.

With no time showing in the third quarter, Dawson scored their final touchdown of the game when Ja'Den Stewart scored on a 6-yard run. The 2-point conversion was good when Bobby Wooden found the end zone giving the Eagles a 33-6 cushion entering the final period.

George Ranch scored their final touchdown of the game on a 15-yard scoring pass. The 2-point conversion was good leaving the final score 33-14 in favor of the Eagles.

Kramer finished the game hitting 11-of-15 passing for 171 yards, one TD and one INT.

Stewart had 12 carries for 99 yards and one TD while Wooden had eight totes for 68 yards.

Kitt-Denton had three catches for 113 yards and one score while Mason Pierce had seven grabs for 59 yards.

Dawson will travel to face the Alief Taylor Lions on Friday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Crump Stadium.

Allison hopes his team doesn't lightly regard the Lions.

"We're in control of our own fate now," the Dawson head coach said. "The way we look at it is that we have to go 1-0 every week from here on out. That's all we can concern ourselves with."