By Stephen Collins
IOWA COLONY - Carter Brown booted a walk-off 23-yard field goal in overtime to lift Pearland Dawson to a 31-28 victory over Shadow Creek in 23-6A Football Friday night at AISD Freedom Field.
The win clinched the district championship for the Eagles (9-0 overall, 7-0), while playoff-bound Shadow Creek had its four-game win streak snapped.
Despite having the ball first in the extra period, the Sharks (4-3 overall, 4-1 in district) were held to only three yards on the first two plays, while quarterback Kyron Drones was intercepted on the third play by Dawson’s David Fisher in the end zone.
Ja’Den Stewart then took over the game for Dawson with six straight running plays by the senior pushing the ball from the SC 25-yard line to the six, where Brown nailed the chip shot attempt. Stewart rushed for 157 yards in the contest.
After forcing the Eagles to punt on the game’s opening series, the Sharks took advantage of a pair of Dawson personal fouls to reach the end zone on their first possession, which carried nine plays and 62 yards.
Drones powered his way in from the one on fourth and goal and Matt Allison added the PAT for a 7-0 Sharks’ lead with 6:34 left.
However, Dawson quickly responded two plays following the ensuing kickoff. Quarterback Collin Johnson hit Ashton Stroman for a 62-yard gain to the Shadow Creek five-yard line. Torrance Burgess Jr. scored on the next play and Brown added the PAT for a 7-7 contest with 5:09 remaining.
The Dawson defense again forced the Sharks to go three-and-out, while then using a bit of trickery to take the upper hand for the first time. Ryan Guillo grabbed a backwards lateral from Johnson and hit a wide open David Jefferson downfield. Jefferson sprinted untouched for a 53-yard scoring reception with 1:45 still left in the first to make it 14-7.
Dawson increased its margin to 21-7 with 1:34 left in the second quarter on Burgess’ Jr’s 7-yard scamper.
While Shadow Creek was unable to take advantage of a solid second half opening drive with Allison’s 38-yard field goal attempt sailing wide right, the Sharks refused to fold, battling back to even the issue at 21 apiece early in the fourth quarter.
C.J. Guidry hauled in a 25-yard strike from Drones with 1:57 left in the third, while Terrence Cook’s fumble recovery set up Isaiah Harper’s 3-yard run on the second play of the final regulation period.
Stewart busted loose for gains of 48 and 14 yards to spark an impressive nine-play, 92-yard march, though, which Blake Smith’s 2-yard run capped to put the Eagles back up 28-21 with 7:14 remaining. Shadow Creek’s initial attempt to even things was thwarted by a Dawson interception in the end zone, but Drones (150 passing yards and three TD’s) later found Lawrence Armstrong from 19 yards out to tie it again at 28-28 with 1:38 left to force overtime.
The Sharks wrapped up regular season play with Friday’s game. Both teams await word from the UIL when the Class 6A playoffs will get under way in the coming weeks.
Pearland 48 Alvin 9 - The Yellowjackets dropped a 23-6A contest to the neighboring and playoff-bound Oilers Friday at “The Rig” in Pearland.
Kelton Morrison-Coffin scored Alvin’s touchdown and Caleb Reed booted the extra point through the uprights. Morrison-Coffin rushed for 55 yards on three carries and also delivered another strong performance on special teams with a 48-yard kickoff return highlighting a two-for-62 overall return effort.
Tony Vidana also went over the 100-yard mark on the ground for the second time this season with 102 yards on 17 carries. Cole Erndt added 25 rushing yards and Christian Touch had two catches for 23 yards.
The Jackets wrap up their season by hosting Elsik on Nov. 27 at AISD Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m.