Dickinson quarterback Montel Parker and the rest of his Gator teammates torched the Clear Creek Wildcats in a 42-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
It was a key win for the Gators’ playoff hopes as they moved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in District 24-6A. The Gators remain among the top four teams in the district standings.
The Wildcats fell to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in district play. They remain outside of the top four in fifth place.
Parker went 5-of-8 for 76 yards passing with a touchdown throw while rushing for 76 yards from 10 carries.
Parker won the starting job this week after quarterback Mike Welch got hurt in last week’s game against Alvin.
“Montel did a good job for us at quarterback,” said Dickinson head coach John Snelson. “We decided to put Montel in and he’s such a good athlete that he can make great plays. I thought our backs ran really hard. I thought Jalen Wydermyer had a great game today. Our offensive line is getting better week after week.”
Running back Dylan Savage had 75 yards from nine carries while running back Myles Lewis had 69 yards from 13 carries and four touchdowns for the Gators.
“This win doesn’t really mean a whole lot. We know we’re the best team in the district,” Parker said. “Our line blocked really well. Our offense was able to execute and we didn’t give up a lot of points. We just kept on running.”
Clear Creek quarterback Sam Mathews went 2-of-9 for 41 yards passing while throwing one interception.
Running back Sam Robles had 48 yards rushing for the Wildcats from 13 carries.
Lewis scored on a 9-yard run on fourth down on the Gators’ first drive to give Dickinson a 7-0 lead with 9:45 left in the first quarter.
After forcing the Wildcats to punt, the Gators used a 19-yard pass from Parker to Wydermyer before Savage broke free on a 24-yard run to drive down the field and set up Dickinson’s second scoring drive.
Parker hooked up with Wydermyer for a 12-yard touchdown to cap an 80-yard scoring drive with 2:19 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Wildcats continued to hurt themselves with a holding penalty on the following kickoff return that pushed them back to their own 10-yard line.
Linebacker Malik Williams blocked a Wildcat punt and the Gators recovered at the Clear Creek 26-yard line at the start of the second quarter.
Lewis added a third score for the Gators and his second touchdown with a 14-yard rush to make it 21-0.
Mathews connected with wide receiver Matthew Etzel for a huge third down and long conversion to the Dickinson 15 for the Wildcats.
Mathews capped the drive by scoring the Wildcats’ only touchdown on a 1-yard carry on fourth down with 2:29 left in the half.
But Dickinson responded very quickly with a 60-yard touchdown run by Parker at the 1:28 mark in the quarter.
A fumbled snap by Mathews saw the ball go out of bounds at the Wildcat 2-yard line.
Clear Creek started the second half with a rough three-and-out followed by an 18-yard part.
It wasn’t until the 8:24 mark in the third quarter when the Gators punted for the first time all afternoon.
Dickinson defensive back Bryan Broussard picked off Mathews on the Wildcats’ second offensive drive of the half for Clear Creek’s second turnover.
“Our defense did a great job today,” Snelson said. “Creek’s quarterback is really good. He’s as good as anybody in this league. I thought he played really well today. Our defense is getting better on third downs.”
The Gators thanked the Wildcats for the turnover with a 3-yard score by Lewis on the ground for a 35-7 DHS lead.
A defensive holding penalty on the Wildcats negated a Clear Creek interception in the fourth quarter and moved the Gators to the 17-yard line in enemy territory.
Lewis bulldozed his way into the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown for the Gators with 9:33 remaining.
“They had a good quarterback today,” said Clear Creek head coach Darrell Warden. “He’s a great athlete. We just didn’t have an answer for him. He’s a quality player. Coach Snelson and his staff do a great job of preparing for games. They did a good job of fighting hard today.”