DAWSON FIELD GENERAL – Junior QB Zach Smith (7) led the Eagles to a 55-35 district win over the Dobie Longhorns to avenge last year’s loss. Smith was 13-of-23 passing for 156 yards and four TDs while picking up 100 yards rushing on 16 carries and another TD. The Eagles will travel to Pasadena Veterans Stadium on Friday, October 23 to face the Pasadena Eagles at 7:00 p.m. (Photo by Randy Edens)
The Pasadena Dobie Longhorns surprised the Dawson Eagles with an upset loss and the Eagles have had this date circled on the calendar for a year to avenge the unexpected defeat.
Under new head coach and former Pearland offensive coordinator Mike Norman, the Longhorns returned to The Rig to face the Eagles. Norman and his troops have already played at The Rig earlier this season and returned home with a 35-0 loss to the Oilers.
The second trip was more competitive against Dawson, but the end result was still the same, a 55-35 loss.
But the Longhorns are still in playoff contention and should advance with a win over Alvin this week.
The first of the game was a circus as Dawson scored on their first play from scrimmage on a long 43-yard scoring bomb from QB Zach Smith to WR Brailon Mouton with 11:34 left in the opening period.
Dawson kicked off and Dobie fumbled their first play of the game which was recovered by Dawson as the one-yard line. The Eagles scored on the next play on a 1-yard run by Saevion Johnson and the Eagles were ahead 14-0 with only 47 seconds gone in the first quarter.
Despite the quick deficit, Dobie responded with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Jaylon Bolden and the Longhorns closed the gap to 14-7 with only 1:03 gone in the game.
The game then slowed down as the Eagles scored with 4:26 left in the opening quarter on a 32-yard scoring strike from Smith to Mouton to move ahead to 21-7.
But the no-quit Longhorns got a sensational 74-yard scoring jaunt from freshman Kris Morris who found a huge hole through the middle of the Dawson defense and was virtually untouched for the touchdown to make the score 21-14 at the 2:46 mark of the first period.
All total, there was 35 points scored in the first 12 minutes of action by both teams.
The offense continued in the second quarter as both teams added two more scores.
Dobie tied up the game with 9:37 left in the second quarter when Jeremy Davis scored on a 3-yard run.
Dawson moved ahead 28-21 when Johnson went on a long-distance scoring run covering 61 yards with 8:07 left in the first half.
Dobie answered with a 48-yard run by Anthony Owens with 5:31 left before intermission to tie up the game at 28-28.
But the Eagles surged ahead with only 25 seconds left before halftime when Smith found Mouton a third time for the score giving Dawson a 35-28 advantage going into the break.
It was all Dawson in the second half as the Longhorns suffered through fumbles and mistakes allowing Dawson to outscore them 20-7 down the stretch.
Johnson scored on a 10-yard run, Darrius Smith snagged a 30-yard scoring pass from Smith, and Smith bulled his was for a 1-yard QB sneak to build a 55-28 lead.
Dobie score the final touchdown of the game with 15 seconds left in the third to post the final 55-35 score.
Dawson outgained the Dobie offense 427 to 280.
Smith was 13-of-23 for 156 yards and four TDs while picking up 100 yards rushing on 16 carries and another TD.
Johnson had 17 totes for 101 yards and three TDs. Smith had seven carries for 60 yards and one catch for 30 yards and a score.
Mouton continues to lead the Eagles in receiving as he had five catches for 97 yards and three TDs.
Dawson will travel to face Pasadena on Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Pasadena Veterans Stadium.