HOUSTON — HOUSTON – It was a busted play in overtime of a game they weren’t supposed to win.
As Pearland Dawson learned, however, none of that matters to this determined Nederland football team.
Seth Barrow caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in OT as he and the Bulldogs shocked the state with a 22-19 victory over No. 1 Pearland Dawson in the regional round of the Class 4A, Division I playoffs at Reliant Stadium on Friday.
“I can’t describe it,” senior receiver Barrow said. “There were so many things running through my head with the ball in the air. I ask every game for God to give me the strength to help my team. He did today and I give all the glory to Him, and secondly to my teammates, because I couldn’t have done this without them. This was a team effort. The best team won this game today.”
Even with the game close and the Nederland offense needing to pick up yardage to avoid a third-and-long, the Bulldogs went to the air on second-and-10 in overtime. That was about the only scripted thing surrounding Barrow’s 25-yard TD catch just inside the left front pylon of the end zone.
“Going into overtime, we knew what we needed to do,” Nederland quarterback Carson Raines said. “Everyone knew we were going for 6 in overtime. It was a busted pass play to the right. I had pressure so I rolled to the left just to try to keep it going. Fortunately enough, Seth Barrow was there, saw me scrambling around and caught the pass.”
Nederland, now 12-1 and riding a 10-game winning streak, will play the winner of Angleton and Georgetown in the Region III finals next week at a site and time to be determined. The location is likely to be either Rice Stadium or Kyle Field. Georgetown and Angleton play at 2 p.m. today at Cedar Park.