Dawson ready to set pace for winning season

PEARLAND DAWSON — Second-year head coach Mike Allison knows he has some talented players, but there is something else that concerns him.

“If we’re able to come together as a team, I think we have a chance to do some good things," Allison said. “For us, I think it’s more of a mindset than physical things. These kids are getting the work in. What we need is the accountability to each other, knowing what the vision is for us, and taking ownership of our responsibilities.”

Dawson probably has the tougher non-district schedule of the three area teams. The Eagles will host the Oak Ridge War Eagles on Friday, August 30 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m. Dawson won last year's contest 34-21 and are favored to win this year's home opener.

But, the schedule only gets tougher as they face Summer Creek and Dickinson, both teams who advanced to the playoffs in 2018.

Oak Ridge was 5-5 overall and 4-4 in district and fell short of the post-season in 2018.

Dawson was 6-5 and 3-4 in district in 2018 while falling in the first round of the playoffs.

The offensive line will be the key to that side of the ball led by Duke commit Calib Perez (6-,6 295) and JaVon Brown (6-3, 290).

Guiding the offense will be quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton while there are a couple of other prospects at that position.

The ground attack will be manned by Bobby Wooden and Jaden Stewart -- both of whom showed a lot of promise last season.

Alex Boudreaux, Jake Brinkman and David Jefferson are among the candidates at wide receiver.

The real key to Dawson's season will be how the defense handles some talented opposing quarterbacks -- especially against Summer Creek and Dickinson prior to the start of district play.

The secondary could be the strength of the Eagle defense.

"Blake Smith returns after starting every game last year,” Allison said. “He’s a great athlete that can do anything - receiver, quarterback, safety. He can play anywhere."

Jonah Ledet, Jayron Tanner, David Fisher and Justin Ray add strength to the Eagle defensive backfield.

The defensive line took a hit to graduation so that will be key for the Eagles in the trenches.

Carter Brown handled the kicking duties as a freshman and Allison will look to him as one of their key weapons.

“We have to grow up in a hurry,” Allison said. “We have inexperienced kids, and we know a lot of our decisions will be determined from our pre-district games.

“We’ve got some things to figure out, but I have absolute faith in these kids and our coaching staff. This is a fun time of year, and we’re going to try to make the most of it at Dawson High School.”