End of Season Locally For Texas High School Football
By Stephen R. Farris
Special to The NavCo Chronicle
And just like that, vroooom… the 2023 Texas High School Football season comes to a close here locally. The Dawson Bulldogs (9-3) were the last men standing this past weekend, facing an always tough Tenaha Tigers (10-2) football team in the area round of the playoffs.
The game was played at Bruce Field in Athens Friday night, and it didn’t take long for both teams to come out throwing punches in this defensive struggle. Tenaha took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs came roaring back with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter of play to take a 14-6 advantage going into the half.
The Tigers added another TD in the third to narrow Dawson’s lead to two, 14-12. The fourth quarter was all Tenaha as they managed to score 10 unanswered points to win 22-14 and keep their playoff advance alive.
The Bulldogs first two touchdowns came off a 20-yard touchdown pass and catch from quarterback Brant Boatright to receiver Elijah Allen, followed later on by a 30-yard touchdown run by running back Colby Springer. Springer came close to scoring another touchdown towards the end of the second quarter, but was chased down after a 54-yard gallop down the sideline.
Out of Dawson’s district, state-ranked Mart Panthers (12-0) still remain alive in their quest for another state championship.
Now focus will turn towards basketball season for both boys and girls here locally. Several tournaments will be taking place around the area on into the Christmas holidays, with the Kiwanis Classic closing tournament play at the end of December.
Good luck to all of our coverage teams on their upcoming basketball seasons!