Early TD blitz makes it easy for Oilers
When Dawson had to face the music early in its match-up against Pearland, there was not much pleasing to the ears of the Eagles.
The Oilers scored three touchdowns in the first 4 minutes, 22 seconds and scored in all three phases of the game in the opening half in cruising to a 56-27 victory before more than 20,000 at TDECU Stadium on Friday night.
Pearland quarterback J.D. Head completed 21 of 32 passes for 331 yards and four touchdown passes.
“Honestly, we dominated them all night up front,” Head said. “It was easier to sit back there and find my guys down field.
“The defense played amazing, stopping them over and over again. It was just an all-around team effort.”
Dawson’s first-half highlights included touchdown passes of 56 and 20 yards from quarterback Patrick Kramer to wide receiver Khalil Jones, but it was hardly enough to offset the onslaught by the Oilers (5-0, 2-0 District 23-6A).
“We couldn’t afford to have mistakes, and those are the things we’re going to have to work on moving forward,” Eagles coach Mike Allison said. That’s one game on the schedule. We’ve got about five more important games coming up real soon, so we’ve got to get ready for those.
“We tried to win one play at a time. You can’t make up 21 points on a single play. That’s a very talented group they have over there (at Pearland). They’ve got a bunch of big, strong guys who have been playing together for a while, but I credit their play to their coaching staff.”
Wide receiver/reserve quarterback Austin Landry scored on a 2-yard run to give Pearland a 7-0 advantage less than two minutes into the game.
Dawson answered with Kramer’s 56-yard throw to a wide-open Jones, but the extra-point kick attempt was missed.
The Oilers then reeled off 28 consecutive points to open a 35-6 cushion.
“Any time you play a great ballclub like Dawson and a great rival, it’s important to establish momentum early,” Pearland coach Ricky Tullos said. “We needed to come out and play fast, and I felt like our kids came out ready to go.”
Head’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Broederwith 7:33 left in the first quarter made it 14-6.
The Eagles began their next possession at their 13-yard line, but on first down, Mason Pierce was hit hard and fumbled after catching a pass. Oilers defensive back Johnny Tamayo scooped up the loose ball up and trotted into the end zone to give Pearland a 21-6 lead just 15 seconds later.
The Oilers drove drove 96 yards on their next scoring drive, with running back Jaelin Benefield getting a big chunk of the distance with a 59-yard run. On fourth-and-12, Head l completed a 27-yard pass to Broeder to the 1-yard line On the next play, Landry followed a wall of blockers into the end zone.
went three-and-out on its next possession and had to punt. Pearland’s Kellen Linton fielded the punt at the 34, picked up a wall of blockers to his right and only had to evade Kramer, the punter, to complete a 66-yard return for a touchdown. That gave the Oilers a 35-6 lead with 2:35 left in the half.
Dawson then drove 56 yards for a score as Kramer completed three passes for 54 yards, including a 20-yard strike to Jones, who made a nice leaping catch in the end zone with 57 seconds left in the second quarter, making it 35-13.
Pearland, however, was not finished. The Oilers moved 77 yards in just 47 seconds to score with just six seconds left in the half, giving them a comfortable lead to enjoy for the rest of the night.