KERENS–A third-quarter Kerens Bobcats touchdown to cut a 14-0 Dawson Bulldogs lead in half wasn’t enough momentum to bring the Bobcats their second win of the season Oct. 8 during the District 8-2A, Division 1 opener for both teams.
Freshman Nehemiah Massey ran four yards for the Kerens touchdown with 6:57 left in the third quarter, coupled with Adrian Solis’ extra point. The Bobcats had moved from near midfield to the Dawson six-yard line when Kerens quarterback Brayden May found Hunter Crawford streaking across the middle.
Dawson had built its lead starting with a 25-yard touchdown pass and two-point conversion run to take an 8-0 lead with 8:55 left in the first quarter. Just before halftime, an Izick Smith sack forced Dawson to punt, which the Bulldogs faked with an incomplete pass at the Dawson 43-yard line.
A 15-yard facemask penalty against Dawson moved the ball farther downfield to the Bulldog 28-yard line, but the drive ended with an interception with 1:03 left until halftime.
Early in the third quarter, a 39-yard Dawson quarterback keeper got the Bulldogs to the Kerens one-yard line, with another keeper on the next play getting the Dawson touchdown with 11:02 left in the third quarter. The Kerens defense stuffed the two-point conversion run to keep the Dawson lead at 14-0.
After Kerens had cut that lead to 14-7. Dawson converted a fourth-and-nine pass late in the third quarter and eventually scored with a six-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion run made the score 22-7, Dawson.
Smith of Kerens recovered a Dawson fumble with 5:33 left in the game, but Dawson regained the ball a minute later with an interception at their own 44-yard line. The Bulldogs put the game away with a two-yard touchdown run with three minutes left in the game. AJ Stevens of Kerens blocked the extra point, which left the final score at 28-7.