When the 2014 football season began, Manvel, Pearland, and Dawson were the pre-season favorites to make the playoffs and then the fourth spot would be filled by Alvin or one team from the Pasadena ISD district.
Most looked to the Pasadena Dobie Longhorns as the team to emerge as the final team in the post-season.
The Longhorns made a big statement on behalf of the Pasadena schools by knocking off the Dawson Eagles 36-29 giving Dobie (3-4, 3-2) third place in the district standings. Dawson (4-4, 3-3) is now in fourth with Manvel (7-0, 5-0) and Pearland (8-0, 6-0) tied atop the league leaderboard.
Dawson still has two district games left on their schedule against Pasadena (3-4, 2-3) and South Houston (2-6, 2-4). Technically, Pasadena is still in the playoff hunt, but a loss to Dawson this Friday, October 24 at The Rig will eliminate them out of the picture.
South Houston will end their season against Dawson on Thursday, October 30 at Pasadena Veterans Stadium. The Eagles should win both games to lock up the fourth playoff position.
Dobie still has to face Alvin, Sam Rayburn, and Pasadena Memorial. The way they performed against Dawson, they should finish 6-2 in district to finish in the third spot. The district title will be decided when Manvel and Pearland play on Friday, November 7 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m.
There was no question that the Longhorns came to play against Dawson. They dominated almost every phase of the game.
The biggest difference is that Dobie controlled the clock on offense. They were able to sustain multiple drives while putting points on the board throughout the contest.
It appeared that Dawson wasn’t in the game from the beginning. After strong showings against Pearland and Manvel in recent weeks, it appeared there was an emotional let down from the start. This is the first time in Dawson’s young history they have dropped three games in a row.
“I don’t know what to say,” Dawson head coach Eric Wells said. “Honestly, what I do want to say is that Dobie outplayed us from the first snap to the last snap.
“They came in here ready to play. It was like a sub-varsity atmosphere, and we played like a sub-varsity team. Bottom line, it was just dead out here and we lulled ourselves to sleep. Today, we just went through the motions.”
Dobie never trailed in the game, jumping to a 10-7 first-quarter lead and widening the margin to 26-14 by halftime.
Dawson QB Vance Galloway kept the Eagles in the game in the first half as he scored on a 64-yard jaunt to cut the lead to 10-7 and then scored on a 21-yard dash to close the gap to 26-14 after Dobie had scored two more times in the second quarter for a 24-7 lead.
The Longhorns added a safety with 1:15 left before intermission when the Dawson center snapped the ball over the punter’s head. The Eagles were fortunate that Dobie didn’t recover the ball for a touchdown after a mad scramble for the loose football.
Dobie opened up the second half with a four-play, 56-yard score when QB Joe Gonzalez hit an uncovered WR Kaelon Woods covering 46-yards for a touchdown. Later in the period Alexis Saldivor booted his second field goal giving the ‘Horns a 36-14 advantage.
The Dobie defense forced another three-and-out, milked the clock for more than five minutes by running 10 offensive plays that set up a Saldivar 31-yard field goal with 1:14 left in the third quarter for a commanding 36-14 lead.
On the first play of the final period, Galloway connected with Saevion Johnson on a 35-yard touchdown pass, and Galloway then ran for the two-point conversion.
This was the result of a second fumble recovery by the Dawson defense to set up the score with 11:52 still remaining in the game cutting the lead to 36-22 and still plenty of time to make a comeback attempt.
Dawson got another break when they recovered a third fumble and it appeared that the Longhorns might let the Eagles get back in the game.
But the Eagles returned the favor as Galloway threw an interception giving the ‘Horns the ball.
The Eagles’ final score came with 2:15 left when they marched 63-yards in four plays with Galloway scoring on a 1-yard sneak as Dawson closed within 36-29.
Dobie recovered the expected onside kick at and consumed the rest of the time as Dawson was out of timeouts.
Rashaad Randall was the workhorse for Dobie with 30 carries for 192 yards.
The Longhorns out gained the Eagles 441 to 248 including 28 first downs to 11. Dobie doubled the amount of offensive plays and time of possession.
Galloway was the offensive leader for Dawson hitting only 6-of-19 passing for 143 yards and one TD and two INTs. He also had nine carries for 92 yards and three scores.
Derry Ruth had two catches for 46 yards. Saevion Johnson had one grab for 35 yards and one score. Brailon Mouton had one catch for 40 yards.
Dawson will host Pasadena on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at The Rig.