Dawson rolls past Alief Elsik 28-0

PEARLAND — If the Dawson Eagles can sweep the Alief schools, they will capture the District 23-6A title this season. But they still have to get past Taylor and Hastings.

Taylor shared the district title with Dawson last season while Hastings didn't make the playoffs, but this season, Taylor (1-3) may not make the post-season and Hastings (4-1) can share the league crown should they beat the Eagles (4-0). Both schools lost to Pearland earlier in the season.

While Dawson is a lock to advance to the post-season, head coach Eric Wells would like to see his gridiron warriors sweep the district for the championship in his final year at the helm of the Eagles.

It was announced that Wells will become the Assistant Athletic Director at Pearland ISD following the 2017 football campaign.

Dawson closed out their home regular season with a 28-0 win over district foe Alief Elsik to stay perfect at 4-0 in league action.

The Eagles will close out the season on the road against Alief Taylor and Alief Hastings. A sweep of those teams will give Dawson the outright league championship.

It took Dawson a little while in the first quarter to get untracked, but they finally scored their first touchdown late in the first period.

After pinning Elsik deep in their own territory, Dawson set up their offense at the Rams 32. It took only four plays for the Eagles to score as running back Darrius Smith scored on a 5-yard run through the right side of the offensive line for a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Claire Jeffress at the 3:06 mark.

Both teams traded multiple punts for the rest of the first half until the Eagles took over at their own 13 with 3:08 left before intermission.

After looking three yards, Dawson quarterback Patrick Kramer found Mason Pierce open on a short pass and the speedster turned the catch into an 74-yard gain to the Rams 16. Four plays later, Smith scored on a 2-yard plunge for a 14-0 halftime lead.

Dawson got the second half kickoff at their own 16 and proceeded to go 84-yards in eight-plays as Smith scored his third touchdown of the game on a 8-yard sweep for a 21-0 lead with 8:47 left in the third quarter.

A key play was a 32-yard run by Pierce from the Dawson 47 to the Elsik 15 on a third-and-five play.

While the Dawson defense was keeping Elsik scoreless, the Eagles scored their final touchdown of the game on a 66-yard, 10-play drive at the 11:28 mark of the fourth quarter.

Once again, it was Smith who added his fourth score of the game on a 1-yard plunge to make the final score 28-0.

Dawson travels to Crump Stadium to take on Alief Taylor on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in a critical 23-6A showdown.