Katy rushes past Dawson 63-20

PEARLAND — It didn't take long for the No. 11 state-ranked Katy Tigers to let Dawson know that their 2014 football season was coming to an end in the Class 6A Region I Div. II semifinal match-up at Rice Stadium before about 12,000 fans from both schools.

Katy senior running back Rodney Anderson was a one-man show as he rushed for 265 yards on 18 carries for six touchdowns. The Tigers accumulated 599 total yards while rolling up 31 first downs.

The Tigers scored in two plays on their first possession when Anderson rolled through the Dawson defense for 50-yards and a 7-0 lead.

After forcing Dawson to punt, Anderson got the call on the second play of their next possession and burst through a seam for a 59-yard scoring jaunt making the score 14-0.

From there, the Katy big red offensive machine was in total domination mode limiting Dawson to a few yards and a punt while Anderson and Co. simply was just too much for the Eagles.

Despite the lopsided score, it should be noted that Dawson never quit competing. They just couldn't match up to the talent level displayed by the Tigers.

Katy has been in an explosion gear ever since they were upset by The Woodlands in the third game of the season.

They are averaging 58.4 points per game since its lone loss. The offense has amassed more than 500 yards of offense five times and run for more than 300 yards seven times.

Dawson became the latest team to experience how locked in the Tigers are. They won the Class 6A Division II Region III semifinal 63-20 to reach the fourth round for the third consecutive season.

Katy (12-1) will play Manvel (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at NRG Stadium. It's a rematch from a year ago when the Tigers won 56-14 on the way to reaching the state finals.

The first quarter ended with Katy posting a 14-0 lead. The game got quickly out of control in the second period as the Tigers outscored the Eagles 28-7 as Anderson scored two more times on runs of 19 and 5 yards before Katy added two more touchdowns in the air covering 36 and 15 yards for a 42-0 advantage.

Dawson finally got on the board when QB Vance Galloway hit Kaleb White on the sideline. White faked out the Katy defense back and then streaked down the right sideline 49-yards to make the score 42-7 with 51 seconds left in the first half.

But Katy wasn't satisfied just taking a knee as they quickly drove down the field on a couple of pass plays. Anderson once again got the call and scampered 22-yards with only 16 seconds left in the half for a 49-7 lead.

The Tigers scored two more times in the second half for a 63-7 lead before Dawson scored on a 73-yard jaunt by Saevion Johnson making the score 63-14.

With 3:44 left in the contest, Katy was backed up on their own 1-yard line. The quarterback fumbled the snap and TJ Spencer recovered it for a Dawson score. The PAT was no good and the final was posted 63-20.

Dawson finished the game with 319 total yards and 13 first downs.

Galloway finished with 11-of-21 passing for 158 yards with one TD and two INTs.

Johnson had seven carries for 81 yards and one score while Brett Winnegan had 11 totes for 47 yards.

White had three catches for 69 yards and one score. Brailon Mouton had four grabs for 42 yards. CJ Simmons had two catches for 27 yards.

Dawson finished the 2014 football campaign with an 8-5 mark. This is the sixth straight year that the Eagles have advanced to at least the third round of the post-season. This season marked the first year that Dawson was competing in the top 6A classification.

"It wasn't so much a buzz saw," Eagles coach Eric Wells said. "I don't know what you call that thing that runs and fixes highways (a steamroller). But a dang good team. We knew that going in.

"We fired everything we had at them. We just couldn't slow them down, and we couldn't get anything going."