North Shore moves past Dawson 58-35

PEARLAND DAWSON — There is one thing that North Shore will not forget. They may have shown better talent on the field, but they certainly played a team with a lot of heart and grit.

"You know…coach (Jon) Kay and his staff do a great job,” Dawson head coach Mike Allison said. “They have some phenomenal athletes and football players.

“But I wouldn’t want to go to battle with any other kids than this family we have right here. The things they have done this year have just amazed me.”

Dawson, picked no higher than fourth in District 23-6A in most preseason polls, went unbeaten in league play while losing only to Dickinson and the Mustangs.

“We got outscored, but we never quit fighting,” Allison said. “The amount of unity and strength from the players and coaches was amazing.

“If we’re going to go down, it might as well be to the defending state champions.”

North Shore opened up the game with a bang as senior running back Zack Evans raced 74-yards to the Dawson one-yard line on the first play.

Roger Hagan scored on the next play for a 7-0 lead with 11:25 left in the opening quarter.

On Dawson's first possession, they lost 20 yards and had to punt from their own 5, but Carter Brown boomed a 75-yarder to the North Shore 20.

It took only two plays for the Mustangs to score as Hagan raced 61-yard for the score with 8:47 left in the first period for a 14-0 lead.

But Dawson proved they could produce the big play as quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton set sail for the North Shore goal line from his own 31 and 69-yards later, the Eagles were trailing 14-7 with 8:47 left in the first quarter.

But that would be as close as the Eagles would get as North Shore built a 38-7 halftime lead.

However, Dawson would outscore North Shore I the third quarter 14-6 as Bobby Wooden hauled in a 79-yard scoring bomb on the Eagles' first possession to cut the margin to 35-14.

After Evans scored on a 33-yard run for a 42-14 lead, Dawson struck again 75-yard run by Wooden to narrow the lead to 42-21 with 2:18 left in the third quarter.

Both teams scored twice in the final quarter as North Shore posted the 58-35 win, but the Mustangs had to continue to play their starters as Dawson wasn't going to quit.

Dawson last two touchdowns came on Kitt-Denton 1-yard score and a 26-yard pass from Kitt-Denton to Wooden with 5:03 left in the game.

Evans added a 22-yard run with 3:20 remaining in the contest to finally shut the door for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs, powered by Evans, rolled up 715 total yards and scored touchdowns on their first five possessions.

Evans carried the ball 20 times for 354 yards and two touchdowns.

Dawson finished with 388 total yards led by Kitt-Denton who was 6-of-21 passing for two TDs while rushing 120 yards on 21 carries and two more scores.

Wooden had five catches for 123 yards and two TDs while rushing the ball eight times for 93 yards and one score.

Dawson's season ends with a 10-2 mark in the area round of the Class 6A Region III Div. I playoffs.