Dawson closes out district with perfect record

PEARLAND DAWSON — The Dawson Eagles were a pre-season fourth place pick in the District 23-6A race while still being picked as one of the teams to make the playoffs.

The 2019 regular season has come to an end and the Eagles won their first 23-6A district title with a perfect 7-0 mark and finished as the No. 1 seed in the upcoming post-season. Dawson closed out the regular season with a 9-1 record.

The other teams in the district that made the playoffs were Strake Jesuit (8-2, 6-1), Pearland (8-2, 5-2), and George Ranch (4-6, 4-3).

Dawson took care of business against Alief Elsik by beating the Rams 37-14 to claim sole possession of the league championship.

While the Eagles had already punched their ticket to the playoffs, head coach Mike Allison wanted his team to maintain their winning ways and momentum to the next round of the season.

When the playoffs begin -- every team virtually begins with a 0-0 record and Allison knows how important it is for his team to stay focused as one loss will end the season.

Dawson will face Kingwood Park in the Class 6A Region III Div. I bi-district round on Friday, November 15 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m.

Junior running back Ja'Den Stewart led the charge as he rushed for 270 yards on 21 carries and scored on runs of 64, 6, and 14-yards to lead the Eagles to a 37-14 district win over Alief Elsik.

The first half was a close contest as the Eagles traded scores with the Rams to only lead 16-14 at intermission.

Stewart put the Eagles on the scoreboard first with a sensational 64-yard scoring jaunt with 11:33 left in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead following the PAT by Carter Brown.

After Dawson got the ball quickly back, a fumble by the Eagles gave the Rams a fumble recovery in the end zone to tie up the game 7-7 with 9:12 left in the opening frame.

It took less than two minutes for the Eagles to score again as Stewart ran for a 6-yard touchdown with 7:28 left in the first quarter to lead 13-7 following the missed PAT.

With 5:14 still left in the opening quarter, Elsik scored on a 27-yard pass from Quincy Ivory to Desmond Tealer to give the Rams the lead 14-13.

Neither team scored for the rest of the first half until Brown nailed a 44-yard field goal with :30 seconds left in the half giving the Eagles a 16-14 advantage heading into the dressing room.

The Dawson defense shut down the Rams offense in the second half while the Eagles offense regrouped and outscored the home team 21-0 in the final two quarters.

The Eagles scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a 9-yard scoring toss from quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton to Bobby Wooden for a 23-14 lead with 5:33 left in the third.

Dawson added two more scores in the final frame on a 14-yard run by Stewart and a 3-yard run with :41 seconds to go in the game by Michael Boudreaux to post the 37-14 final score.