HOUSTON — That set up Hood’s second field goal, a 28-yarder that made it 19-16 Dawson. Two plays later, Barrow crossed the end zone and Nederland had knocked off the previously unbeaten, top ranked team in the state.
“I’d say it’s like beating anyone else, but it’s not,” Barrow said. “I love when people doubt us and we do this. I just love that. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t really think. It’s amazing.”
Nederland jumped on the board early with a pair of second-quarter touchdowns. Colton Kimler caught his fourth TD pass of the season, and third of the playoffs, on a 24-yard fade pattern down the left sideline from Raines. Kimler finished with three catches for 52 yards.
Running back Kendrick Hopkins also scored a long touchdown, breaking a 32-yard run on a sprint draw and getting a huge block from fullback Brandon Dial. Hopkins had to leave the game in the third quarter after aggravating a shoulder injury he’s dealt with for much of the season. The junior had 58 rushing yards on 13 carries and now has 1,698 yards this season.
“Kendrick got his shoulder tweaked again,” Neumann said. “I hope it’s not too serious. He’s a game kid and he tried to go back in. We held him out because of his ability of his ball security, which was a little in doubt. That changed things for us. Zach (Taylor) came in and did a great job, but it changed our mental philosophy in how we were going to handle the offense.
“We didn’t have a lot of success and put the burden on our defense. Give credit to Dawson. They came back in this atmosphere and tied the game, which is what you’d expect from this kind of game.”
White finished the game with 23 carries for 95 yards, the first time he’d been held under 100 yards rushing since Week 3 against Santa Fe when he had nine carries for 85 yards. Quarterback Josh Sharp was the offensive catalyst, rushing for 92 yards on 23 carries and completing 10-of-15 passes for 176 yards.