TOUCHDOWN - Dawson running back Lance Charles (16) scores on a 14-yard run in their playoff loss to Clear Brook.The Eagles finish the season with a 8-3 mark as Co-Champions of District 23-6A. (Photo by Randy Edens)
PEARLAND — Up until last year, the Dawson Eagles had advanced to at least the third round of the playoffs.
Last season, the Eagles fell to Friendswood in the second round contest ending their third round string.
However, when Dawson met the Clear Brook Wolverines, coached by former Dawson defensive coordinator Mike Allison, the favored Eagles ran into a buzz saw.
It had been five years since Brook was in the playoffs and you could see from the get go that Allison had his kids ready with a great deal of intensity and excitement.
The game was filled full of big plays and each time one team would score, the other would answer for most of the game.
In the end, it would be the Wolverines who would produce more big plays and eventually pull off the upset.
As it turned out, it would be junior quarterback Jaizac Garcia who would be the one to get Clear Brook on the winning path as he accounted for six touchdowns.
The Brook defense also came up with the timely plays that foiled the Dawson offense.
The Wolverines jumped out to a shocking 21-7 lead and led 28-21 at halftime.
Garcia threw four touchdown passes covering 53, 43, and 15-yard scoring strikes to Caleb Chapman and a 37-yarder to Russell Hall.
Clear Brook also got scores on the ground as Garcia scored on a 21-yard dash while Mark Milton scored on a 59-yard scamper and Jarrett Smith added a 60-yard scoring jaunt as part of the big play offense that Dawson couldn't stop.
Dawson had a strong offensive showing in the final period in an effort to stay in the game, but in the end, the Wolverines proved they were just too much on this occasion.
Niko Thomas proved to be the thorn in Clear Brook's side as he hauled touchdown passes from QB Zach Smith on grabs of 37, 6, and 52-yards.
Running back Darrius Smith, who had 159 yards rushing, scored on a 44-yard run and Lance Charles scored on a 14-yard dash. Chase Smith closed out the scoring parade with a 52-yard scoring bomb from Zach Smith leaving the final score 55-42 in favor of the Wolverines.
Dawson finishes the season with an 8-3 mark and Clear Brook (7-4) advances to play Kingwood in the area round.