Dawson overcomes slow start to take out Alief Elsik

PEARLAND DAWSON— The Dawson Eagles needed a win in a most desperate way and one figured they would get it fairly easy when they faced the Alief Elsik Rams who were winless on the 2018 season and in the cellar of the district race.

For the Rams, they had nothing to lose as they had already lost every game this season, so an upset win over the Eagles would at least salvage what little pride they still had by making sure Dawson wasn't going to advance to the post-season with them.

Trailing 16-13 at intermission, Dawson resembled the team that lost 55-7 the week before against Alief Hastings.

But Dawson head coach Mike Allison must have had some influence on his team to begin the second half as the Eagles realized it was all or nothing in the final 24 minutes.

Elsik scored first on a 40-yard field goal for an early 3-0 lead.

Dawson would answer when quarterback Patrick Kramer hit Mason Pierce on a 17-yard scoring strike for a 7-3 advantage.

The Eagles would score again on a 1-yard plunge by Caleb Eaton to take a 13-3 lead after the PAT was wide left.

But Elsik wasn't going to go away as they scored two more times before the end of the first half for the 16-13 halftime lead.

The first score came on a 60-yard scoring jaunt and the next touchdown came on a Dawson fumble that was recovered in the end zone.

The second half belonged to the Eagles as the defense shut down the Rams offense and held them scoreless.

Dawson scored 24 unanswered points as Carter Brown tied up the game on Dawson's first second half possession.The Eagles drove from their own 37 to the Rams eight-yard line where the drive stalled resulting in the 30-yard field goal to knot up the score at 16-16.

Following the ensuing kickoff, the Dawson defense got an interception setting up the Eagles at the Elsik 14. Ja'Den Stewart got the call and rammed the ball across the goal line making the score 23-16 following the PAT by Brown.

Dawson scored again on a 5-play, 60-yard drive capped off with a 13-yard Aeneas McClure touchdown. The PAT was good for a 30-16 cushion with :37 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Eagles secured the win with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter when Kramer hit Pierce on a long pass covering 62-yards. The extra point hit the mark and the 37-16 final score was posted.

Kramer was 5-of-14 passing for 109 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Dawson went to a more dedicated ground attack in the second half that seemed to add the confidence they had been looking for to begin their comeback effort.

Leading the way was McClure who had 10 carries for 79 yards and two TDs while Caleb Eaton was not far behind with 12 totes and 72 yards and Bobby Wooden had seven carries for 65 yards.

The win improves the Dawson record to 5-5 and sends them to the playoffs where they will face the Clear Lake Falcons (5-5) at CCISD Veterans Memorial Stadium in League City on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.