Dawson implodes against Hastings 55-7

PEARLAND — Anything that could have gone wrong in Dawson's game against Hastings did so on a consistent basis resulting in a 55-7 loss in a critical District 23-6A contest for both teams.

The Eagles entered the game on the bubble of advancing to the playoffs as was Hastings. With only one more district game remaining on the schedule for Dawson, a win is a must against the Alief Elsik Rams on Friday, November 9 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m.

Elsik (0-6) is winless in league play and are out of the playoff picture, but their final game against Dawson could be their last opportunity to upset the Eagles and their playoff hopes. A win by the Eagles should put them in the post-season with a 4-3 mark.

Hastings (5-4, 3-3) will need to beat Brazoswood (1-5) to keep their playoff hopes alive. Pearland (6-0) and Strake Jesuit (5-1) have already punched their ticket to the playoffs.

It was apparent that Dawson was not mentally focused to face Hastings in the critical matchup.

"We both came in needing this win, and we had a couple of things not go our way in the first half, and it just seemed to snowball on us," Eagle head coach Mike Allison said. "That was part of the issue.

"Coach (David) Martel and Hastings were more ready to play than we were, and that falls 100 percent on me. All the credit goes to the Hastings."

Hastings did pretty much what they wanted against the Eagles on offense and defense as they rolled up 55 points and 456 yards of total offense while holding Dawson to a single score with 15 seconds left in the game.

Penalties, dropped passes, blocked punt, fumbles, missed blocks or missed tackles pretty much characterized the game for the Eagles.

There were some bright spots as Eagles' defense did come up with some turnovers as Kristopher Levi and David Fisher came up with back-to-back interceptions in the third quarter against the Bears, but the Eagles were unable to take advantage.

Dawson fumbled the ball back to Hastings after the Fisher interception in which the Bears converted into another score to increase their lead to 41-0 following the missed PAT.

Hastings increased their lead to 55-0 in the final frame before Dawson finally got on the scoreboard with only 15 seconds left in the contest.

Hastings scored 21 points in the first quarter and added 14 more in the second period for a commanding 35-0 halftime lead. The Bears continued their dominance with 20 more in the second half.

The Eagles final drive began at their own 36 with 4:35 remaining in the game. The 64-yard, 13-play drive was capped off with a 1-yard scoring plunge by Caleb Eaton with Carter Brown adding the PAT to post the 55-7 final score.

Dawson quarterback Patrick Kramer finished the night hitting 17-of-35 for 211 yards.

Eaton had 16 carries for 66 yards and one TD. Khalil Jones had three catches for 76 yards, Mason Pierce had six grabs for 54 yards, Aeneas McClure had two catches for 39 yards, and Andrew Pruyn had one catch for 21 yards.

The Eagles (5-4, 3-3) are in a must-win situation if they want to continue their season in the playoffs when they face Alief Elsik on Friday, November 9 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m. This will be the final game of the regular season for both teams.

"If we win next week, some other things have to happen for us to get in," Allison said. "The way the score was tonight, we can't afford to be in any tiebreaker situation. God willing, we'll get another chance to play after next week, but all we can worry about is ourselves.

"I love these kids and want to be battle with these kids and staff. I know we'll get better."