It wasn’t easy but the Dickinson Gators managed to grind out a 24-7 win over the Alvin Yellowjackets on Friday night at home.
Playing on homecoming night, the Gators (4-2 overall, 2-2 in District 24-6A play) fought off a resilient Alvin squad.
The Yellowjackets fell to 2-4 overall and 0-4 in district.
Starting for Dickinson’s injured quarterback, Cameron Collins, Mike Welch threw for 67 yards, going 5-of-17 while rushing for 38 yards from 13 carries.
Gators running back Myles Lewis ran for 153 yards from 22 carries.
“Our defense carried us all night,” said Dickinson head coach John Snelson. “Our offense just had too many snakebites with injuries. We’re playing with a sophomore quarterback who made a few sophomore mistakes. We had some pass protection break down.”
Alvin running back James Smith ran for 49 yards on 11 carries. Quarterback Ian Tribble threw for 63 yards, going 6-of-19 and throwing 3 interceptions.
Neither team could score on their opening drives and the Gators turned the ball over on downs.
Alvin then turned the ball over on their second drive.
But the Gators coughed up the ball soon after on a fumbled snap recovered by Carson Gonzalez with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
The Gators picked up their ninth interception of the season with DJ Warnell picking off Tribble early in the second quarter.
Dickinson couldn’t stop turning the ball over as Lewis lost control of the ball while rushing deep inside Alvin’s side of the field with both teams still deadlocked.
It wasn’t until the 4:36 mark of the second quarter when the Gators got on the board with a 2-yard run by Mike Welch for the 7-0 lead.
Tribble tried to make a forward pass but the officials ruled it as a fumble and the Gators recovered with 2:34 in the half.
The Gators thanked the Yellowjackets by extending their lead to 10-0 on a 25-yard field goal by Riley Martinez with five seconds left in the half.
The Gators’ turnover troubles followed them into the second half as wide receiver Chris Welch fumbled at the Alvin 42 and the Yellowjackets recovered on the Gators’ first drive of the half.
The turnover proved costly for the Gators as Alvin found the end zone on the following drive on a 30-yard touchdown connection from Tribble to wide receiver Jerran Schiller with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
Both defenses continued to dominate into the fourth quarter.
A defensive holding called on the Yellowjackets gifted the Gators with a new set of downs after a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
The Gators took advantage with a 14-yard run by Lewis which was followed by his touchdown run of 4 yards to give Dickinson a 10-point lead with 7:53 remaining.
Linebacker Colby Mouton intercepted Tribble soon after and the Gators took over at the Alvin 29-yard line.
Defensive back Nate Randall picked off Tribble with 3:31 left in the game and the Gators’ offense started to drain the clock.
Dylan Savage slammed the door shut with his 17-yard touchdown run with 1:57 remaining.
“Our running backs were running really hard,” Snelson said. “Our kids are playing hard but we’re not playing really clean. We have to get better.”