Dawson's Carter Brown proving to be a lethal weapon

PEARLAND DAWSON — Every head football coach desires to have a well-balanced offense. One that can be effective throwing or running the ball to keep opposing defenses confused regarding their coverage while being able to put points on the scoreboard.

But when a head coach has the luxury of having an excellent placekicker and punter -- the team becomes even more lethal -- especially when the offense comes to a halt trying to score a touchdown.

A team that has that additional weapon can still put points on the board.

Dawson head coach Mike Allison has such a lethal weapon in sophomore placekicker Carter Brown who has already stepped up to contribute in record-setting fashion to help the Eagles sit atop the District 23-6A leaderboard with a perfect 4-0 record and 6-1 overall.

"Carter has become a weapon for the FAMILY," Allison said. "When you are talking about offensive help, his field goal range has allowed us to keep our playbook open once we get to the 35.

"We are confident that he can make a long field goal, so we don’t have to narrow the offensive plays down to either be conservative or to take a shot."

Brown has already made a valuable impact for the Eagles as he broke the DHS field-goal record early in the season against Summer Creek with a 45-yarder. He equaled the mark with another 45-yarder against cross-town cousin Pearland as the Eagles won the PearBowl 40-29.

The sure-footed kicker broke his own school record with a 49-yarder against Brazoswood to claim a 41-6 district win.

So far this season in seven games, Brown has hit 11-of-12 field goals with his longest being 49 yards. He has hit 28-of-30 extra points for a total of 61 points for his team.

"Defensively, he has been able to flip the field for us a couple of times with his punts," Allison added.

Brown has received guidance from former Pearland High School standout placekicker Robbie Hersh who kicked at Texas Southern in college.

Against George Ranch last week, in a crucial district contest, Brown nailed four field goals of 40, 32, 42, and 34-yards plus three PATS giving him 15 points. The Eagles won 33-14.

"I have a lot of confidence in Carter," Allison said. " I will usually talk to him before the game to see what he feels like his range is for the night.

"He has been honest with how he feels, and so far, has been on point with what he has told me. I haven’t hesitated yet."

Dawson is in the driver's seat to capture the District 23-6A championship as they only have three games remaining in the regular season with the Alief schools -- Elsik, Hastings, and Taylor. Those three schools are a combined 7-14 overall and 4-8 in district.

"Our priority is to take one game at a time," Allison said at the beginning of the season.

And so far -- so good. The casual observer would certainly give Dawson the edge to close out the 2019 season by sweeping their final three games.

The Eagles have a strong offense and defense, but they also have Carter Brown -- a lethal weapon when called upon with a coach who values his hard work and is not afraid to call his number during a game.