By DR. DAVID DAVIS
The Dawson Eagles outscored the Dobie Longhorns 36-13 in the first half and then left the rest of the game to their defense as the Horns scored only one more time in the second half to give the Eagles a 35-20 victory.
Dawson rolled up 559 total yards and 24 first downs on the Dobie defense to totally dominate the game to get the non-district win and improve to 3-1 on the season.
It is always bitter-sweet when either Dawson or Pearland face Dobie since longtime Pearland assistant and offensive coordinator Mike Norman took over the head coaching job last year. Add former All-State Pearland running back Anthony Evans to the Dobie staff as offensive coordinator and there is a strong friendship off the field, but a growing rivalry brewing between coaching staffs.
There might be a strong friendship, but there is still a competitive spirit and neither side want to lose.
The Eagles scored twice in the first quarter when quarterback Nico Thomas scored on a quarterback keeper covering 8-yards. Claire Jeffries booted the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 9:41 left in the first period.
Dawson then scored at the 4:44 mark of the first frame when Thomas hit Mason Pierce on a short 5-yard scoring toss for a 14-0 advantage.
Dobie finally got on the board with 2:47 left in the first when Broderick Martin scored on a 14-yard sweep to cut the lead to 14-6 after a missed PAT.
Early in the second quarter, the Eagles put together a 70-yard, 11-play scoring march capped off by a Darrius Smith 22-yard scamper giving Dawson a 21-6 lead.
After a Dobie turnover, Dawson scored on a 29-yard run by Thomas with 9:37 left in the third for a 28-6 commanding lead.
Dobie would answer at the 3:22 mark on a 1-yard plunge to cut the margin to 28-13, but the Eagles would score one more time before Homecoming ceremonies as the Eagles moved 79 yards in 12 plays with Thomas scoring from two yards just 25 seconds before halftime.to post the 35-13 halftime score.
There was only one score in the second half as Martin scored for Dobie on a 16-yard sprint with 5:34 left in the third quarter to close the gap to 35-20.
Quarterback Niko Thomas ran for two scores and threw for two more in leading an offense that rolled up 559 yards (355 rushing, 204 passing).
The Eagle running game was led by Darrius Smith’s 160 yards on 21 carries while Thomas and Lance Charles added 79 and 77, respectively.
Mason Pierce caught seven passes for 124 yards for one TD while Osby Mitchell had three grabs for 39 yards and Smith had two receptions for 36 yards.
Dawson has an open date this Friday and will open up District 23-6A action on Friday, September 30 at The Rig against George Ranch at 7:00 p.m.