Five Key Plays
1) Nederland’s fake punt
On fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter, Nederland head coach Larry Neumann decided to gamble a little. With Nederland in a punt formation, the Bulldogs directly snapped the ball to upback Zach Taylor, who sprinted around the corner to pick up three yards and the first down. That came with over 10 minutes left in the fourth and shaved another three minutes off the clock before the Bulldogs had to punt it back to Dawson.
2) Turnovers matter
In the third quarter, Dawson got the ball at midfield in its best field position of the night. The Eagles drove down to the Bulldog 12 before a pair of big plays took points off the board. After James White’s 2-yard run of first down, Dawson QB Josh Sharp was sacked by Koby Couron for a loss of 13 yards. That pushed Dawson back into long field goal range, but on the next play, Sharp fumbled the snap and Nederland’s Sage Seay pounced on it. That took away a prime scoring opportunity for Dawson and kept Nederland’s shutout alive for a few minutes more.
3) Roughing the kicker
On Nederland’s second scoring drive of the night, things appeared to be over before they got started. Nederland was forced to punt from its own 24 on fourth-and-7. Barrow got off a good kick, but the Dawson block team ran into him, drawing a 15-yard personal foul and giving Nederland the first down. The Bulldogs had to convert two more long third downs on the drive before Kendrick Hopkins scored on a 32-yard run.
4) Another costly penalty
After Colton Kimler caught his TD pass in the second quarter, Dawson’s Brett Winnegan returned the ensuing kickoff to the Nederland 20. However, a costly holding penalty on the return moved the ball back to the Dawson 21, a swing of 59 yards. Dawson picked up a first down on the drive, but had to punt from its own 42 shortly afterwards.
5) The stop that wasn’t
On Dawson’s final TD drive, Nederland forced the Eagles into a fourth-and-19 situation from the Bulldog 23. Sharp tried to pass into the end zone to junior receiver Tony Upchurch, but overthrew him and the defenders, giving the ball back to Nederland with 5:11 to play. However, during the play, one of Nederland’s defensive linemen drew a flag for hands to the face, giving Dawson a first down and the ball on the Nederland 11. Three plays later, Sharp scored to make it 16-13 Nederland with 4:09 to play.
Five Key Plays
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