Kitt-Denton, Whitfield, Wooden, Allison top All-District 23-6A picks


PEARLAND DAWSON — Dawson finished fourth in the district last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs for a 6-5 record. The Eagles never have had a losing season since the school opened in 2007 and began playing varsity football in 2008.

The Eagles were picked to finish fourth again in 2019, but after a year with head coach Mike Allison, this year's squad bought in to his philosophy that focuses on family, discipline, and hard work.

Dawson swept their district opponents for a perfect 7-0 mark while finishing 9-1 overall for the regular season. The only loss for the Eagles was to non-district Dickinson.

The Eagles took care of business with a 38-32 win over Clear Springs in the bi-district round of the playoffs. The area round pitted Dawson against defending state champion North Shore who ended the season for the Eagles with a 58-35 win, but Dawson never gave up in the game.

"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.

“We got outscored, but we never quit fighting. 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.”

Allison made sure it was he and his coaching staff that were selected as the "Coaching Staff of the Year." The veteran coach is now 16-7 at Dawson.

Selected as the league's "Most Valuable Player" was Dawson senior quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton who gave the Eagles a duel-threat weapon on offense. Kitt-Denton finished the season hitting 107-of-200 passes for 1,740 yards with 16 TDs and eight INT. He also had 871 yards rushing on 135 carries for 10 touchdowns. The talented signal-caller finished with 2,611 total yards for 26 TDs.

The "Utility Player of the Year" was senior all-purpose back Bobby Wooden who had 529 yards rushing on 69 carries for seven touchdowns while leading the Eagles in receiving with 681 yards on 39 catches for eight scores. He totaled 1,210 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The "Return Specialist of the Year" was junior Blake Smith who had 127 yards on 12 punt returns and 62 yards on four kickoff returns. Smith also had 66 yards rushing on 12 carries and two scores while catching seven passes for 119 yards and one TD. Smith also had two interceptions.

The "Defensive Most Valuable Player" was junior Cameron Whitfield.

Here are the other Dawson first-team players.

Offense - Offensive tackle senior Lawson Godinez, offensive guard and Duke commit senior Calib Perez, running back junior Ja'Den Stewart (195 carries for 1,155 yards, 14 TDs; 18 catches for 211 yards, one TD), wide receiver senior Bobby Wooden, QB senior Myles Kitt-Denton, and kicker sophomore Carter Brown (48-of-51 PATs; 15-of-16 FGs including school-record 49-yarder) who led the team in scoring with 93 points.

Defense - Defensive end junior Cameron Whitfield, defensive tackle senior Erick Morua, inside linebacker senior Devin Benson, outside linebackers junior Darien Flynn and junior Carter Ostrom, safety junior Blake Smith, and corners junior David Fisher and senior Justin Ray.

Second-team picks for Dawson:

Offense: Offensive tackle junior Garrett Slider, offensive guard senior Jayvon Brown, tight end junior Hayden Curry, wide receivers senior Alex Boudreaux and senior Jake Brinkman, and punter Carter Brown.

Defense: Defensive end junior Anthony Knox, inside linebacker junior Jordan Stewart, and safety senior Jay-Ron Tanner.


Pearland Oilers

The Pearland Oilers were a pre-season pick to repeat as District 23-6A after going 7-0 last year and finishing the 2018 season at 10-0 before the playoffs.

The Oilers lost to Dawson 40-29 and then dropped another league game to Strake Jesuit (21-14) to finish 5-2 and third place in the league standings.

Pearland lost to Dickinson 28-23 for the second straight year in the opening round of the post-season to close out with an 8-3 overall mark.

First-Team selections for Pearland:

Offense: Offensive tackle senior Gannon McKinney, offensive guard senior Seth King, Quarterback J.D. Head (99-of-163 passing for 1,676, 16 TDs), running back junior Brandon Campbell (100 carries for 788 yards, 18 TDs; 14 catches for 274 yards, three TDs), and wide receiver senior Jeremiah Aaron (31 catches for 662 yards, six TDs).

Defense: Defensive end junior Christian Sauter, defensive tackle sophomore Amari Deason, inside linebacker senior Anton Simieou, outside linebacker sophomore Dylan Dixson, and safety junior Kele Linton.

Second-team picks for Pearland:

Offense: Center senior Walter Maeker, running back junior Torrance Burgess, fullback senior Tanner Tullos, wide receivers junior Cedric Mitchell and senior Jaden Piece, and kicker junior Caleb Mendez.

Defense: Inside linebacker senior Griffin Sosola, outside linebacker senior Corben Martinez, and corner senior Brenden Stokes.

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Myles Kitt-Denton
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Darien Flynn
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Caleb Perez
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Erick Morua
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Brandon Campbell
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Seth King
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Christian Sauter