Pearland Dawson eliminates Magnolia West from 4A playoffs 27
HOUSTON Pearland Dawson snuffed out Magnolia West's improbable playoff run with a 27 3 Women's Joel Bitonio Jersey victory in the regional round Saturday at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
The Eagles used a stifling defense and came up with a handful of big plays, while the Mustangs made too many mistakes.
"They just beat us, that's all there is to it," Magnolia West coach Shawn Bell said. "You can point the finger at a lot of different things, but bottom line, they made plays and we didn't. They're a good football team."
Eagles running back Brett Winnegan piled up 252 yards on 23 attempts, including 170 and two touchdowns on 10 first half carries.
The shifty junior broke through the middle of the Mustangs defense for an 80 yard scoring jaunt that gave Dawson a 7 0 lead at 3:48 of the first quarter.
Magnolia West had started the game with two drives into Eagles territory that resulted in no points.
Dawson tacked on a field goal early in the second quarter and then stopped the Mustangs on another threatening drive that ended with three straight incompletions from the Eagles 36 yard line.
Magnolia West forced a three and out on the ensuing possession, but Travis Rogers was called for roughing the kicker on fourth and six. Winnegan got loose for a 45 yard touchdown run on the next play.
"We had momentum killers," Bell said. "We'd get momentum and get penalties. Ultimately, that's what it was. When we would build momentum, we'd do something to shoot ourselves in the foot. In games like this, you can't make those mistakes."
But despite running 40 plays in the first half to Dawson's 21, Magnolia West was outgained 204 136. The Mustangs also held the ball for 14:38 compared to the Eagles' 9:22.
Magnolia West finishes its season 9 4. The Mustangs beat Manor 51 20 in the bi district playoffs before upsetting No. 5 state ranked Summer Creek 33 26 in the area round last week.
"This senior class has really left a stamp on this school and this town," Bell said. "They won two games Women's Johnny Manziel Jersey that nobody gave them a chance to win. Seven straight wins that they rattled off after a little bit of a slow start. I feel very confident in our season. Like I told the kids, you can't let the last 48 minutes ruin what this football team's done this year.
"It's just a special group of kids. That was the most fun we've ever had and that's just a testament to those seniors. They did everything that you could ask of them."
The Mustangs will lose 32 seniors from their playoff roster to graduation.
"I don't think it has anything to do with me," Bell said. "I think it's just good kids. We're blessed with good kids and they're the guys who made plays for www.brownsnflofficialonline.com/Joel_Bitonio_Jersey_Browns us. And the senior class, there's a lot of them. That's when you win, when you have a heavy senior class. They're the guys who were able to do it for us."
Magnolia West had a pair of big second half plays called back for holding.
Demarren Reese got free on a reverse for a 43 yard pickup to the Dawson 25 that included a vicious facemask at the end of the run. But the hold offset the personal foul and the Mustangs ended up punting.
After the Eagles pushed their lead to 20 3 on Tyler Day's 18 yard field goal, Magnolia West picked up a pair of first down s and had the ball at the Dawson 31. This time, it was an Aaron Thomas touchdown run on another reverse that got called back due to holding.
The Mustangs ended up turning the ball over on downs.
Three plays later, Dawson quarterback Ross Wicklund threw the ball up for grabs down the middle of the field on third and eight. Eagles receiver Tony Upchurch had a step on his defender and pulled the ball in before racing from midfield to the end zone for a 77 yard touchdown.
"They were huge," Bell said. "You do something to give yourself a chance to get back in the game that's just a momentum killer. That's what it was. We couldn't ever get any momentum going tonight, and that was the difference."
Junior Chris Nicholson led Magnolia West with 86 yards on 14 carries and caught two passes for 47 yards. Sophomore Adrian Thomas added 68 yards rushing on 21 attempts.
Senior quarterback Troy Logan completed 6 of 16 passes for 79 yards to go with 41 rushing yards on 15 keepers.
Upchurch caught four passes for 122 yards and rushed three times for 11 yards. Wicklund completed 9 of 13 passes for 148 yards and the touchdown with one interception.
The Mustangs' Trent Parsons picked off the pass with 3:07 remaining in the game, and then Dawson's Josiah Cooks intercepted Aaron Thomas on a running back pass with 1:02 to go.