Dawson streaks past Strake Jesuit 45-17

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Dawson junior Rodney Bonham had a banner night returning punts against Strake Jesuit. The speedster returned two punts for touchdowns covering 50 and 78-yards for scores to help the Eagles beat the Crusaders 45-17 in a District 23-6A contest.

The Eagles are 3-0 in the league standings while the Crusaders fall to 1-2. Dawson and Pearland (5-1, 3-0) face one another on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the 10th Annual PearBowl at Pearland ISD Stadium.

(Photo by Nate Jones)

In a game marked with an assortment of offense and special team plays, the Dawson Eagles came out with a 45-17 District 23-6A win over the Strake Jesuit Crusaders.

Dawson is now 3-0 in district action and have a date with cross-town cousin Pearland, who is also 3-0 in league play for a district showdown in the 10th Annual PearBowl on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Pearland ISD Stadium.

The Eagles (3-3) hold the series edge 5-4 over the Oilers (5-1) and this year should prove to be no different in the annual slugfest between the two squads. The winner will move atop the league leaderboard toward the district championship.

The game started out in an odd way as Strake took the opening kickoff and after stalling at their own 37 and forced to punt on fourth down, the center snapped the ball over the head of the punter which he downed in the end zone for a safety for Dawson.

The Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff to the Strake 45. Four plays later, QB Gage Greene scored on a 1-yard keeper. Ayden Treadaway kicked the PAT for a 9-0 lead with 8:16 left in the opening quarter.

Strake began their second possession of the game at their own 25. Four plays later, the center snapped the ball over the punters head for the second time resulting in another safety giving Dawson a 11-0 lead with 7:18 remaining in the first period.

Dawson began their second possession at the Strake 43. On the first play, RB Bryce Burgess took the handoff straight through the middle of the Strake defense and raced 43 yards for the score and a 18-0 lead with 7:10 remaining in the opening quarter.

The Eagles defense forced the Crusaders to punt and junior Rodney Bonham caught the ball at the 50, found a wall of blockers, and raced to the pay station for another Eagle score and a 24-0 lead after the missed PAT.

Strake finally scored on an 80-yard pass completion with 5:02 still left in the first quarter to cut the lead to 24-7.

Dawson added a touchdown in the second quarter when Burgess scored on a 58-yard scoring jaunt to make the score 31-7 and Bonham increased the lead to 38-10 when he scored on a second 78-yard punt return.

Both teams score once in the second half when Greene tossed a 5-yard scoring pass to Reese Lehmann in the third period for a 45-10 advantage and Strake scored in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard touchdown to post the final 45-17

Greene was 7-of-16 for 96 yards with one TD and one INT.

Burgess had seven carries for 145 yards and two TDs.

Tony Roberson had three catches for 46 yards while Bonham had one grab for 39 yards.