Dawson, Pearland ready to address immediate concerns in 23-6A
With the hoopla and pageantry of the Dawson-Pearland football game in their rear-view mirrors, Mike Allison and Ricky Tullos are pressing onward to more immediate concerns.
The Oilers defeated the Eagles, 56-27, last Friday at the University of Houston, a neutral site that served as a roomier setting for the fifth installment of the brief rivalry.
While the win kept Pearland unbeaten (5-0) and tied for the lead atop the District 23-6A standings with Alief Hastings and Strake Jesuit, Dawson (2-3) continued a mini-tailspin it hopes end this Friday.
That’s when the Eagles travel to Freeport to play winless Brazoswood which enters the contest off a narrow 20-14 loss to Alief Taylor.
Allison, Dawson’s head coach, will try to get his team to snap a 3-game losing streak.
“We learn from our mistakes,” Allison said. “We make the necessary corrections and then we control our fate.
“That’s how we’re going to attack it every day.”
Although Dawson is 0-2 in district, both of those setbacks are to undefeated teams, and the Eagle boss knows his squad must remain upbeat.
“We just weren’t ready at the same level as they (the Oilers) were,” Allison said. “We look at every game as a must-win. I’m not in panic mode right now.
“I understand (the Pearland game) was a big game because it was a Pearland community kind of thing. This game really doesn’t have anything to do with us making it into the playoffs. Yes, you want to win it and that would help you out, but at this point, we still control our own destiny.”
Pearland, meanwhile, hopes to maintain its momentum when the Oilers entertain Alief Elsik, which is also winless through five games this season.
In losing to Alief Hastings and Strake Jesuit, the Rams haven’t been toppled by any patsies.
Even though Pearland had a comfortable halftime lead against Dawson, Tullos knew his team couldn’t take its foot off the pedal in the second half.
“I told our guys this game is far from over,” Tullos said of his halftime speech. “I can promise you that team (Dawson) over there is going to come out and play.
“It was very important that we kept that momentum. (Dawson) is so explosive, and they can score so fast that there’s no lead that’s ever big enough. We preached in the locker room to keep that same intensity we had in the first half.
“I was proud of our kids and proud of the staff in getting them ready to go.”
Elisk has faced an extremely tough schedule thus far. In addition to already playing powerhouses Alief Hastings and Strake Jesuit, the Rams have also lost to unbeaten Shadow Creek in a non-district matchup.
Like Elsik, Brazoswood will also be hungry for a win, and Allison knows his team can’t let its guard down.
“The one thing we’re going to impress from here on out is the strength of the unity of this team,” Allison said. “We’ll be encouraging our guys to continue to fight, to continue to play, and to worry about the things we can control.
“We need to be unselfish, pick your brothers up when they’ve fallen, or congratulate them when they’ve done good.”