Dawson uses second half surge to beat La Porte 37-10

PEARLAND — The Dawson Eagles followed the lead of quarterback Zach Smith and running back Saevion Johnson to beat the La Porte Bulldogs 37-10 to advance to the area round of the Class 6A Region III Div. II playoffs.

The Eagles will now prepare to meet former district rival Friendswood on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. at NRG Stadium. Dawson fans are asked to wear red for the Dawson Red Out.

Dawson (8-3) will also have the task of trying to corral junior quarterback Tyler Page who led to the Mustangs (7-4) to a 27-24 victory over previously unbeaten Hightower (10-1). The elusive Page finished with 280 rushing yards and a TD on 30 carries and was 10-for-13 passing for 140 yards and two TDs. Page had 420 of the Mustangs’ 477 total yards, and Friendswood outgained Hightower 477 yards to 350 yards.

The Eagles were able to escape Bulldog Stadium with the hard-earned win after both teams battled to a 10-10 tie in the first half.

La Porte opened up the scoring with a 34-yard field goal with 4:28 left in the first quarter for a 3-0 lead.

Dawson took the lead with 8:01 left in the second period when Bryce Victorian recovered a fumble and rambled 30-yards for the score giving the Eagles a 7-3 lead following the PAT by Marek Biczynski.

La Porte answered with a 1-yard plunge by Terrel Bernard at the 3:49 mark to move back in front 10-7, but Dawson tied it up 10-10 on a 34-yard field goal by Biczynski with only eight-seconds left before intermission.

The second-half belonged to Dawson as the offense and defense took complete control of the game.

The Eagles scored 27 unanswered points with 14 coming in the third quarter on a 12-yard pass from Smith to Kaleb White covering 12-yards for the score and a 74-yard touchdown jaunt by Johnson with 2:32 left in the third giving the Eagles a 24-10 advantage.

Dawson locked up the game in the final frame as Smith scored on a 1-yard keeper and Johnson added a 2-yard run making the final score 37-10.

One of the keys to the game was the passing combination of Smith to White. The pair hooked up seven times for 93 yards and one score which opened up the running lanes for Johnson who gained 128 yards on 18 carries for two scores.

Smith finished the game hitting 12-of-26 for 176 yards and one TD and one INT.