Football: Dawson’s 28-point first quarter sinks Dobie
PASADENA -- Meticulous planning is usually instrumental in a victory, but it’s also refreshing to get some help by Chance.
In this instance, that would be Dawson’s Isaiah Chance.
The 6-3, 220-pound Eagle defensive end intercepted a pass and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown, highlighting a 28-point first quarter in Dawson’s 38-0 non-district victory over Pasadena Dobie Thursday night.
Chance’s aerial theft came shortly after the Eagles scored on a fourth-and-seven pass – a 40-yard hook-up from quarterback Patrick Kramer to wide receiver Mason Pierce – and gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead at 6:54 of the first quarter.
Dawson would then score touchdowns on its next two possessions in cruising to the win.
“When the ball came my way, I was just thinking about getting in the end zone,” Chance said of the interception. “I picked it off at the right place at the right time.
“I saw daylight, my teammates blocked for me, and the rest was history. Before the game, we talked about momentum being everything. We wanted to impose our will on Dobie. We did, and I’m glad we won the game.”
The Longhorns had difficulty moving the ball against a swarming Eagle defense and couldn’t slow the multi-pronged offensive attack of Dawson.
“We played well in all three phases,” Eagle head coach Eric Wells said. “It was nice to see, especially with the short week and a pretty simple game plan.
“It was also nice to have film and a scouting report. It makes a difference. I was really, really proud of the way our defense played. They were relentless, flying to the ball.
“I thought Isaiah’s pick was going to give us good field position, but he refused to go down, and the next thing you know we’re kicking an extra point.”
Dawson’s third touchdown came following a 6-yard Dobie punt that set up the Eagles at midfield.
Five plays later, Dawson held a 21-0 edge on a 7-yard run by Darrius Smith, who had a 31-yard run in the abbreviated march.
After a three-and-out by Dobie, Dawson needed just two plays to reach the end zone for fourth time. Both plays were passes to from Kramer to Pierce with the scoring play covering 37 yards with just 50 seconds left in the opening quarter as the advantage swelled to 28-0.
The Eagles scored on their first possession of the second quarter, using Perry Smith’s 38-yard field goal to cap a six-play drive.
That 31-0 lead at 8:54 of the second period held up as the halftime score.
Dobie put together drives of 10 plays in the first half and 13 plays in the third quarter, but failed on two fourth-down attempts in its best efforts of the night to try to reach the end zone.
With 10:43 left in the game, Dawson scored its final TD when Kramer connected with Pierce on a 30-yard strike.
“The kids bounced back and got their swagger back a little,” Wells said. “We packaged some things for Patrick (Kramer) that he’s good at, and he managed the offense well.”
Kramer completed 13 of 19 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns, all to Pierce, who had nine receptions for 140 yards.
Dawson finished the game with 348 yards total offense while limiting Dobie to 184.
Chance and the Eagles now have a week off before opening District 23-6A play against George Ranch.
“We can only build from here,” Chance said. “Coach preaches to the guys to work as a team, as a family. I’m excited to see where we can go.”
Dobie head coach Mike Norman said his crew needs to benefit from the setback.
“We have to learn how to ride the wave and fight through those mistakes we made early and battle back,” he said. “We just have to go back to work, get the kids tougher and get ready to go.
“Dawson always has speed and big, strong kids, and we had some kids banged up tonight. That’s no excuse, though. We have to work on getting better.”