Manvel moves past Dawson 49-31

MANVEL — Football is an emotional game and the Dawson Eagles played with a lot of emotion the previous week against No. 8 state-ranked and cross-town rival Pearland. The emotions were high and low as the Eagles missed a PAT in overtime that allowed the Oilers to escape with a 28-27 win.

Dawson head coach Eric Wells had the difficult task of having to get his chargers ready for No. 7 state-ranked and district leading Manvel for the next game.

While the Eagles played with passion and energy, they weren't able to overcome the talented Mavericks who have 11 Division I commits.

Dawson scored first and last, but the Mavericks filled the airways with touchdowns that the Eagles weren't able to overcome in the 49-31 district loss. Dawson is now 4-3 overall and 3-2 in league play, but should have no problem advancing to the 2015 post-season for the seventh straight year.

“We can’t get over the hump,” Wells said. “We can’t keep up with them. They’re No. 7 in the state for a reason.

“I can’t help myself – I’m going to demand that our guys get better. You play a team like Manvel and stay close…great teams find ways to beat those teams.

“I want Dawson to be that team everybody talks about. We’ll go back to practice and try to be a championship team. We’ll do that every week no matter what happens.”

The Eagles got on the scoreboard first when QB Zach Smith plunged in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. Marek Biczynski added the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 8:45 left in the first quarter.

It didn't take long for the potent Manvel offense to tie up the game as QB D'Eriq King hit WR Reggie Hemphill for a 14-yard touchdown pass. Enis Sefa added the PAT to tie up the game at 7-7.

The second quarter was controlled by the Mavs as they outscored the Eagles 21-10.

King was instrumental in the three scores as he threw TD passes to D'Vaughn Pennamon for 59-yards and Hunter Hagdorn for 11-yards while adding another on the ground on an 8-yard run.

Dawson managed a 32-yard field goal by Biczynski and a 3-yard scoring run by Saevion Johnson to make the score 28-17 at intermission.

Manvel scored the next two touchdowns to begin the second half when Hagdorn snagged a 58-yard pass from King less than 30 seconds in the third quarter.

The Mavs scored again at the 8:36 mark on a 17-yard scoring strike from King to Sean Dykes giving Manvel a 42-17 lead.

Dawson is a scrappy team and they weren't going to give up as Smith hit Brailon Mouton on a 9-yard scoring pass. The Eagle went for two and Mouton grabbed the pass from Smith to cut the lead to 42-25.

With 11:40 Pennamon hauled in a 41-yard pass from King making the score 49-25.

The Eagles would add one more score when Johnson got loose on a 29-yard scoring dash. The two-point conversion was stopped leaving the final score 49-31 in favor of the Mavs.

Manvel improves to 5-1 on the season and 4-0 in district.

Smith was 18-of-25 for 138 yards and one TD. Johnson had 183 yards rushing on 24 carries and one score. Drake Rainer had eight catches for 54 yards.

King finished with 16-of-27 passing for 274 yards and five TDs. Pennamon had six rushes for 95 yards and one score. Hagdorn had five catches for 91 yards and two TDs. Pennamon had three grabs for 54 yards and a TD. Dykes had two grabs for 36 yards and one score and Hemphill had two catches for 24 yards and one TD.

Dawson will host Pasadena Dobie on Friday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig in a must-win District 22-6A showdown. The Eagles dropped last year's contest to the Longhorns so the Eagles will be looking to avenge that loss against former Pearland offensive coordinator Mike Norman who took over the head coaching reigns for Dobie this year. Dobie is 2-4 overall and 2-2 this season in district.

Manvel will play Alvin on Friday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Alvin Memorial Stadium.