Friday’s District 23-6A contest at Guy K. Traylor Memorial Stadium in Rosenberg featured the two undefeated teams remaining in the district with George Ranch and Pearland Dawson.
By the end of the night, the Dawson Eagles proved themselves as the front-runners for the 23-6A crown with a 33-14 victory over George Ranch.
“It’s just like I told the kids, our mantra is we have seven one-game seasons. We’re going to watch the film, make some corrections and when to leave tomorrow its a new season,” George Ranch head football coach Nick Cavallo said. “We’re still in the mix for the district. Our goals are still in front of us.”
Each time the Longhorns attempted to get a foothold, Dawson’s senior quarterback Myles Kitt-Denton or junior running back Ja’Den Stewart would slip through a tackle to extend a drive, move into field goal range or lead to a score.
While the Longhorns defense struggled to contain the Dawson stars, the George Ranch offense could never get going. The Longhorns were finished with 98 yards of offense.
Sophomore running back Hymond Drinkard was limited to 37 yards on 11 carries. Junior quarterback Sam Miller was 8-for-11 for 87 yards and two interceptions.
Special teams got the scoring started for Dawson in the first half. Sophomore kicker Carter Brown was successful in field goal attempts from 40 and 32 yards and junior Cameron Whitfield returned a blocked punt 31 yards for a touchdown.
Dawson continued the offensive onslaught with the opening drive of the second half that ended with a 28-yard touchdown run by senior running back Bobby Wooden.
The highlight of the night for the Longhorns came from senior kick returner Faybian Marks on the ensuing kickoff following the Dawson touchdown.
Marks broke through the Dawson coverage and raced to the end zone for a 98-yard score.
“No. 5 is a dynamic player,” Cavallo said. “He could probably play anywhere on the field and make an impact.”
Brown added a 42-yard field goal and Kitt-Denton called his own number for a one-yard touchdown to put Dawson up 30-7 early in the fourth.
The Longhorns’ most successful offensive drive came in the fourth quarter with a 9-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown run by Drinkard.
Brown added his fourth field goal from 34 yards out with just under two minutes left in the game.
George Ranch (3-4, 3-1) will play Alief Elsik next Thursday.