Full steam ahead

George Ranch senior Justin Webb fights for extra yards after a reception earlier this season.

George Ranch Longhorns (3-3) vs. Pearland Dawson (5-1)

Friday, Oct. 18 --— 7 p.m. — Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium


The George Ranch Longhorns have completed the resurrection on their season. After starting the year 0-3, the Longhorns are back at .500 with a 3-3 mark and tied for the District 23-6A lead with Pearland Dawson entering Friday’s contest at Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium in Rosenberg at 7 p.m.

Now the Longhorns have to prove they are for real against a Dawson squad that already took down last year’s District 23-6A champion, Pearland, in a 40-29 thriller at The Rig.

That said, the formula for success will be the same for the Longhorns against Dawson: Play stout defense and control the tempo of the game with the running game.

George Ranch enters the game with the No. 4 offense in the district, averaging 320 yards per contest. The running attack has accounted for 60 percent of that yardage led by the district’s No. 2 rusher, sophomore Hymond Drinkard.

Drinkard has collected 503 yards and six touchdowns on 80 carries. Drinkard will have to continue to keep the Longhorns on schedule to open up the passing game.

Junior quarterback Sam Miller ranks third in the district in passing, throwing for 775 yards and nine touchdowns against five interceptions. He has completed 49 percent (52x107) of his passes.

Dawson has the No. 3 defense in the district, allowing 246.2 yards per game, and the fourth-most rushing yards (769).

The Longhorns’ defense will have to stop the No. 2 offense in the district. The Eagles average 409.7 yards per game. Like the Longhorns, Dawson is relatively balanced with 58 percent of the team’s yardage coming on the ground.

Junior running back Ja’Den Stewart leads the Eagles with 501 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 99 carries.

Senior quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton is second on the team with 463 yards and five touchdowns on 56 carries. Kitt-Denton is also the No. 2 passer in the district with 911 yards and eight touchdowns against three interceptions on 57 percent passing (54x95).

Kitt-Denton’s top targets are senior Bobby Wooden (22 catches, 401 yards, 4 TDs) and senior Alex Boudreaux (14 catches, 309 yards, 3 TDs).

The Eagles will face the No. 5 defense in the district that has allowed 287.5 yards per game. But the Longhorns are tied for the district-lead in take-aways with Pearland and Alief Taylor with 12.

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