Defending state champion Portales rode the leg of Julian Tellez, the legs of Tyrese Dawson and got a leg up on Hope Christian in District 4-4A with a 16-0 victory on Friday night at Milne Stadium.
The Rams (6-1) moved up and down the field much of the night, but couldn’t find the end zone until it was actually kneel-down time with 1:16 left in the game.
Dawson, the Rams’ super-mobile quarterback and cornerback, picked off a desperation heave by Hope quarterback Vince Quezada in the end zone with 81 seconds left and the Huskies (3-4) out of time outs. On the next play, Dawson blasted through the left side of line of an obviously deflated Hope bunch and raced down the left sideline for the 80-yard score. He had 43 yards rushing until that play.
“It felt good to finally break one,” said Dawson, an athletic senior who also threw for 181 yards — nearly all after scrambling. “We were able to move the ball at times, but we had trouble scoring.”