Dawson stays in playoff hunt with win over Alief Taylor


PEARLAND — There are only two games remaining in the regular season for the Dawson Eagles and they need to sweep the other two Alief schools to reserve their spot in the post-season.

Alief Elsik and Alief Hastings are the two schools left with Elsik already eliminated from playoff consideration, head coach Mike Allison will still make sure his troops take one game at a time to achieve their ultimate goal to advance to the next stage of the season.

Dawson knew that they couldn't take Taylor for granted with a 2-5 overall record and 2-3 in district including an upset win over cross-town rival Hastings 33-14. Taylor still has to face Alief Elsik and Strake Jesuit to close out the regular season.

The win improved Dawson's playoff hopes with the 28-21 win over the Lions to give them a 5-3 overall record and 3-2 in district. The Eagles should be favored to win their final league games if they focus on each contest.

Dawson made it clear early in the game that they wanted to stay on the winning path in district.

The Eagles struck first on their opening possession when quarterback Patrick Kramer fired a 78-yard missile to Kahlil Jones who had slipped by the Taylor secondary for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Carter Brown with 9:08 left in the first period.

The two teams battled until Taylor launched a missile of their own covering 58-yards for a game-tying score with only :41 seconds left in the quarter.

But the Eagles struck quickly following the ensuing kickoff as Bobby Wooden took a handoff from Kramer at the Taylor 44-yard line and found open spaces to place Dawson back on top 14-0.

Dawson would continue their scoring spree with 14 more unanswered points as Mason Pierce hauled in a 23-yard scoring strike from Kramer early in the second quarter for a 21-7 lead with 10:59 showing on the clock.

The Eagles would stretch the lead :28 seconds later to 28-7 when Ja'Den Stewart would score on a 2-yard plunge following a Lions turnover.

That would be all the scoring for Dawson as they turned the game over to the defense who would bend not break.

Taylor scored once in the second quarter on a 6-yard pass to cut the lead to 28-14 at intermission and then added another score at the 5:13 mark of the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run to post the 28-21 final score.

The Dawson offense had 343 yards of total offense.

Kramer was 6-of-14 passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

Stewart led the ground attack with 13 carries for 69 yards and one score while Wooden had three totes for 65 yards and one TD. Aeneas McClure had 10 carries for 30 yards.

Jones was the top receiver with one catch for 78 yards and a TD while Myles Kitt-Denton had three grabs for 71 yards. Pierce had three receptions for 40 yards and one score.

Dawson will make the trip to Crump Stadium to face Alief Elsik on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. in another critical district contest.