Scoring twice in the fourth quarter, the Dickinson Gators punched their ticket to the region semifinals in high school football playoff action with a 35-21 upset win over Pearland Oilers at Abshire Stadium in Deer Park on Friday. November 21, 2014.
The Gators, who raised their season record to 12-0, will next face Cy-Fair at Rice University on November 29, with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m.
Dickinson jumped out to an early 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when quarterback Cameron Martin scored the first of his two rushing touchdown at the 4:19 mark. He also scored the game’s final touchdown with 2:37 remaining in the game
Martin rushed for 62 yards on 18 carries and completed 14 passes on 24 attempts for 242 yards.
After the first Dickinson score, Pearland evened the score with 7:11 remaining in the first half on a Jake Blumrick pass to Cody Williams. Dickinson regained the lead at the 2:02 mark of the second quarter when Martin connected with Blake Carlised with a 25-yard pass. Kicker Jamie Valdez split the uprights for the extra point give the Gators a 14-7 lead at the half.
Running back Brad Woodard increased the Gator lead to 21-7 midway through the third quarter with an eight yard run. It was at that point that the Oilers began to make a comeback.
The Oilers scored twice in the final 3:56 of the third quarter to even the score at 21-all with 15 minutes remaining. Blumrick, who passed for 237 yards in the game, connected with tight end Ryan Deshotel on a four-yard pass. With the extra point going wide right, the Oilers cut the Gator lead to 21-13.
After a quick Gator possession, Pearland came roaring back with no time left on the clock with a Davier Pinkston four-yard run. Opting for the two-point conversion, Pinkston again carried the ball to tie the score at 21 going into the fourth quarter. The Gators finally put the game away with a Jordan Myers 32-yard pass touchdown and Martins’ final run.
Head coach John Snelson, who came to Dickinson from Pasadena Memorial in 2012, stated in a post-game meeting with the press.
“Pearland is a quality program and we’re working on building a program like that – one that’s consistent year in and year out, and making deep playoff runs. For our kids to beat a team like Pearland, that has got to remove all doubt from their minds that on any given night, we can play with anybody.”
Snelson and his Gators will now have eight days to prepare for Cy-Fair in a Saturday night contest. The Bobcats, who finished the regular season with a 7-3 record, downed Houston Lamar by the score of 17-12 on Friday night.