PALESTINE — Dawson put an end to Mount Enterprise’s season with a 34-22 victory Thursday night at Westwood Panther Stadium.
Dawson opened the game with an onside kick and Bodey Martinez recovered.
The Bulldogs took advantage as Ja’Mariyea Hamilton scored from 6 yards out on an option pitch. Da’Mariyea Hamilton ran in the 2-point conversion to give the Bulldogs an early 8-0 lead with 7:47 left in the first quarter.
Mount Enterprise needed just three plays to answer — all carries by quarterback Kendre Miller. Miller found the end zone on a 22-yard run to cut the score to 8-6 with 6:40 left in the opening quarter.
Christian Newman came away with an interception for Mount Enterprise on the next drive.
After forcing a Mount Enterprise punt, Dawson extended its lead with a 35-yard punt return by Jakoby Moore.
After Dawson stopped Mount Enterprise on fourth down, Moore scored from 30 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 20-6 lead less than a minute into the second quarter.
Mount Enterprise got down to the Dawson 8, but lost a fumble that was recovered by Isaiah Johnson.
The Wildcats got the ball back, and Miller threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Jackson. Miller ran in the 2-point conversion to cut the score to 20-14 with 1:38 left in the half.
Dawson came right back as Ja’Mariyea Hamilton broke free for a 56-yard run to set up a 3-yard touchdown run by Brendan Horner to make the score 26-14.
With Mount Enterprise trying to score one more time in the first half, Johnson picked off a pass at the 1-yard line.
Neither team scored in the third quarter as Dawson lost two fumbles.
With 8:50 left in the game, Miller scored on a 2-yard run, and Jackson had the 2-point conversion to make the score 26-22
The Bulldogs extended their lead with 3:06 to play on a 2-yard run by Moore, who also had the 2-point conversion.
Dawson stopped Mount Enterprise on fourth down with 2:18 to play to advance in the postseason.
Dawson (10-2) will play either Lovelady or Muenster in the regional semifinals.
Dawson ran for 282 yards, led by 104 yards on 22 carries by the quarterback Horner, who attempted just two passes in the contest. Moore had 69 yards, and Ja’Mariyea Hamilton had 65 yards.
Miller, who has Division I FBS offers from Southern Mississippi and Wyoming, rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries in his final high school game for Mount Enterprise (10-2). He also threw for 84 yards and a score and had an 18-yard reception on fourth down.
Dawson 34, Mount Enterprise 22
Mount Enterprise 6 8 0 8 — 22
Dawson 14 12 0 8 — 34
D — Ja’Mariyea Hamilton 6 run (Da’Mariyea Hamilton run), 7:47
ME — Kendre Miller 22 run (Run failed), 6:40
D — Jakoby Moore 35 punt return (Run failed), 2:06
D — Moore 30 run (Run failed), 11:18
ME — Derrick Jackson 56 pass from Kendre Miller (Miller run), 1:38
D — Brendan Horner 3 run (Pass failed), 0:51
ME — Miller 2 run (Jackson run), 8:50
D — Moore 2 run (Moore run), 3:06
First Downs 17 14
Rushes-Yards 40-227 48-282
Passing Yards 113 0
Comp.-Att-Int. 7-15-1 0-2-1
Punts-Ave. 1-27 1-51
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties-Yards 5-36 4-40
RUSHING — Mount Enterprise, Kendre Miller 31-191, Derrick Jackson 8-32, Patrick Johnson 1-4. Dawson, Brendan Horner 22-104, Jakoby Moore 8-69, Ja’Mariyea Hamilton 6-65, Da’Mariyea Hamilton 10-46, Zane Guerra 1-2, James Drake 1-(-4).
PASSING — Mount Enterprise, Kendre Miller 5-13-1 84, Derrick Jackson 2-2-0 29. Dawson, Brendan Horner 0-2-1 0.
RECEIVING — Mount Enterprise, Derrick Jackson 4-75, Christian Newman 2-20, Kendre Miller 1-18.