FOOTBALL: Dobie Clears Playoff Path With Upset of Pearland Dawson

FOOTBALL: Dobie Clears Playoff Path With Upset of Pearland Dawson
Posted on 10/18/2014
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Dobie defenders Josh Hicks (32) and Dalvin Sterling (9) corner Dawson quarterback Vance Galloway. Photo by Donna Alsdorf.

joeJoe Gonzalez fired two touchdown passes while Dobie teammate Rashaad Randall piled up 192 yards rushing as the Longhorns stunned Pearland Dawson 36-29 on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The victory cleared a path for Dobie to earn a berth in the state playoffs beginning next month. After losing their first four games of the season, the Longhorns have now won three straight and, with the victory over Dawson, now hold a tight grip on third place in the District 22-6A standings.

Dobie need only beat Alvin, Sam Rayburn and Memorial the final three weeks of the season to finish third among 22-6A's four playoff qualifiers.

The Longhorns stand 3-2 in district play. Dawson fell to 3-3 in district action and 4-4 overall.

After a lackluster performance against South Houston in a victory the week before, Dobie poured it on the the Eagles, grabbing an early 10-0 lead, stretching it to 26-14 at halftime and to 36-14 late in the third quarter.

Dawson tacked on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to narrow the final margin.

Dobie rolled up 441 yards of offense and a staggering 28 first downs, all while losing four fumbles. Dawson compiled 248 yards and 11 first downs.

Randall accounted for the bulk of Dobie's 338 rushing yards. He carried 30 times for his 192 yards, but he did not score a TD.

Another Dobie runner, Jaylon Bolden got a pair, including the game's first score, a five-yard TD run not quite three minutes into the contest. Late in the first quarter, Alexis Saldivor booted a 42-yard field goal for a 10-0 Longhorn lead.

Saldivor added a 31-yard field goal in the second half for Dobie's final points.

Dawson cut Dobie's early lead to 10-7 on a 64-yard TD run by quarterback Vance Galloway. Outside of that run, Galloway only picked up 28 yards on the ground.

Galloway passed for 143 yards and one TD but he was intercepted twice.

Dobie assumed control of the game in the second quarter, taking a 17-7 lead on a two-yard TD run by Bolden. Then Gonzalez went to work, hitting Darius Simmons for a 16-yard TD strike.

Dawson answered on a 21-yard TD run by Galloway, but Dobie added a safety late in the first half and hit the dressing room ahead 26-14.

Barely three minutes into the third quarter, Gonzalez connected with Kaelon Woods for a 46-yard TD strike.

Saldivor's second field goal provided the Longhorns with their biggest lead, 36-14 with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
(Left) Galloway draws heat from the Dobie defense. (Right) The Longhorns' Rashaad Randall hurdles a Dawson defender. Photos by Donna Alsdorf.

(Left) The Dobie defense demonstrates the art of gang-tackling. (Right) Sterling lowers the boom on Galloway. Photos by Donna Alsdorf.

Dobie's Randall runs to daylightPhoto by David Flickinger.

Gonzalez deals to Anthony Owens in the Longhorn backfield. Photo by Donna Alsdorf.

The Dobie defense, led by Gage Peete-Meyers, hauls down a Dawson ball carrierPhoto by Donna Alsdorf.