The Dickinson Gators stayed alive in the playoffs after defeating the Alief Hastings Bears, 35-20, in a Region III-6A bi-district contest Friday at LeRoy Crump Stadium.
“We have a really talented group,” said Dickinson head coach John Snelson. “Whenever we are focused and clicking on all cylinders, we are tough to stop.”
The Bears scored on their first possession of the game. Bears wide receiver Austin Ogunmakin beat the Gators’ defenders for a 33-yard touchdown.
The Gators’ offense answered right back with a 28-yard pass from Montel Parker to a wide-open Jalen Wydermyer.
The Gators’ offense came back onto the field after Myles Lewis ran a kickoff back to Hastings’ 43-yard line. The Gators’ offense took advantage of the good field position. Parker connected with Wydermyer for the second time of the game, this time for a 13-yard touchdown.
The Bears’ offense answered back with a 15-play drive that went 77 yards. Detorion Faulk found the end zone on a 5-yard run.
The Bears’ special team kickoffs kept coming up short, giving the Gators great field position. The Gators received the ball at their own 44-yard line. Two plays later, Lewis was going to the house for a 44-yard touchdown run.
The Gators scored the first points in the second half. The Gators’ Lewis found the end zone on a 9-yard run. The touchdown was set up by Wydermyer going up and taking the ball from a Hastings defender on third down for a 23-yard completion.
The Bears would not go away, as they kept fighting and clawing their way back. Javon Williams ran into end zone for a 1-yard touchdown. The touchdown was set up by a pass interference call on the Gators in the end zone on fourth down.
The Gators’ offense added one more insurance touchdown with a little over 2 minutes left in the game. Dylan Savage ran into the end zone from 8 yards out. Lewis set up the touchdown with a 20-yard run to the 8-yard line.
The Gators’ defense played outstanding by stopping the Bears numerous times on fourth down. The Gators’ three-headed monster on offense of Parker, Wydermyer and Lewis was virtually unstoppable. The Gators will need those same contributions from them if they want to take down Atascocita next week.
The area-round playoff game is set for 2 p.m. Friday at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
“We are going to have to get off blocks and make tackles better,” said Snelson.” They (Atascocita) have a huge offensive line. We are going to have to take what the defense gives us and capitalize.”