By DR. DAVID DAVIS
The Summer Creek Bulldogs jumped on the Dawson Eagles early and then held on to get a hard-fought 47-34 non-district victory handing the Eagles (2-1) their first loss of the young season.
The Bulldogs scored 20 points in the first quarter and added 20 more in the second period while Dawson scored half that many in the first 24 minutes of action leaving the Eagles trailing 40-20 at intermission.
“It was a comedy of errors on our part,” Wells said. “People lining up wrong and not taking responsibilities they had.
“We gave them big plays, and we knew we couldn’t do that. Their back (Myles Wanza) is one of the best we’re going to play against all year.”
Wanza rushed 23 times for 255 yards and scored four touchdowns in leading Summer Creek to the 47-34 win.
Trailing 7-0, Dawson got on the board when Darrius Smith caught a 57-yard scoring pass from QB Nico Thomas. Claire Jeffries added the PAT to knot up the game with 5:49 left in the opening stanza.
The Bulldogs added two more scores in the frame on a 37-yard scoring pass and a 57-yard scoring dash by Wanza for a 20-7 advantage.
The Eagles cut the margin to 20-14 when Smith scored again on 5-yard scamper with 10-27 remaining in the second quarter.
Summer Creek then outscored Dawson 20-6 as Wanza scored twice on runs of 20 and 21-yards while Dawson’s Osby Mitchell grabbed a 20-yard scoring toss from Thomas. Jeffries missed the PAT.
The half came to an end when Jeremiah Reece picked off Thomas and returned it for a touchdown to pad the lead for the Bulldogs to 40-20.
The Eagles had a better second half outscoring the Bulldogs 14-7 as Smith scored his third touchdown of the game on a 4-yard run and Lance Charles added a 3-yard run with Summer Creek adding a score in the middle of the third quarter when Wanza burned the Dawson defense for a 64-yard scoring jaunt.
Dawson’s last score came on an 88-yard, 15-play drive with 8:58 showing in the fourth period to pull the Eagles within 47-34.
With 5:03 left in the game, Dawson began their final drive of the game and consumed all but four seconds without producing any points.
“We wanted to score soon enough just to have a chance,” Wells said. “If we could have just punched it in to make it 47-41, at least we have an opportunity to do something.”
Dawson actually produced more offense than Summer Creek with 477 total yards compared to 453. But the Eagles couldn’t find away to stop Wanza.
The Eagles countered with Smith who had 147 yards on 25 carries and three TDs.
QB Nico Thomas, who is at the offensive controls in place of injured starter Zach Smith, had an outstanding game hitting 16-of-32 passing for 285 yards and two TDs.
Mitchell led the Dawson receivers with 130 yards and one score on five catches. Smith also had four grabs for 93 yards and Chase Smith added three catches for 54 yards.
Dawson will host Pasadena Dobie for Homecoming on Friday, September 16 at The Rig at 7:00 p.m.