Dawson trounces Hastings for district title

What difference a year makes! That could be said regarding the game between Dawson and Hastings.

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

Final score? 55-7.

Fast forward a year later. Dawson scores on their first six possessions of the game and blows out the Bears 55-7. A reversal from a year ago plus the win hands the Eagles the District 23-6A title.

Dawson was a pre-season fourth place pick, but this year's team has bought in to head coach Mike Allison's philosophy and system to improve to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in league play.

“It was (on our minds),” Dawson coach Mike Allison said. “I have a lot of respect for what coach (David) Martel does over there. Their kids play hard. Last year, they had a lot of talented kids who graduated, but they still have talented kids now, so it’s been a rough year for them.

“(But) our kids came out and played well. I’m proud of the work we’ve been putting in, and we put some things together.”

The Eagles rolled to a 42-0 lead before intermission.

Quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton threw touchdown passes to three different receivers in the first quarter. The first was a 19-yard toss to Jacob Brinkman on a wide-receiver screen, a wide-open Alex Boudreaux hauled in a 42-yard pass for the second, and Bobby Wooden supplied the third on a 33-yard grab.

Wooden’s score came on the first play after David Fisher intercepted QB Ferreous Reed. Kitt-Denton was 7-of-11 passing for 142 yards and three TDs at halftime. He finished 8-of-13 for 149 yards.

“I saw some good decisions,” Allison said. “Myles continues to get better each week, with his reading defense and using his athleticism and his brains, in his preparation, when we get into the games.”

Dawson didn’t slow down in the second quarter, scoring three more times for six TDs on six first-half possessions.

Ja’Den Stewart scored on a 1-yard run – after a 4-yard punt by Hastings set up a short field – Wooden returned to the end zone on a 35-yard run, and backup RB Ta’Quari Daniels kept the offense moving with four straight runs on Dawson’s sixth drive, including a 5-yard TD with 1:12 left.

Dawson finished with 348 yards of total offense, 15 first downs – and 11 ball carriers picking up yardage.

“It’s a great thing when you do have the opportunities to spread the ball around,” Allison said.

Carter Ostrom added a 55-yard fumble-return touchdown, and Carter Brown hit a 21-yard field goal, in the third.

Wooden finished the game with two carries for 61 yards and one TD, Kitt-Denton had five totes for 37 yards, Stewart had five carries for 24 yards and one score, Daniels had five carries for 20 yards and one TD, and Bobby Santoyo had four carries for 21 yards.

Boudreaux led the receivers with two catches for 51 yards and one score while Wooden had one grab for 31 yards and a TD and Jake Brinkman had two receptions for 31 yards and a score.

The Eagles will travel to Traylor Stadium on Friday, November 8 to face the Alief Elsik Rams at 7:00 p.m. in the season finale.