One thing is for certain: the Bearden football team is confident in its new starting quarterback.
And Dawson Houser’s own confidence isn’t hurting.
In his first start of his career in replacement of the graduated Cameron Jones, Houser led the Bulldogs (1-0) to a 59-7 blowout win over Karns (0-1).
“I worked really hard to get where I am today,” Houser said. “I’ve been ready to show people what I can do since I was a freshman. But I worked so much harder, and I’ve gotten so much better, so I was ready to show everyone what I’ve been grinding to do.”
In the win over Karns, he did exactly that.
The junior finished with 143 yards in the air, completing 11-of-15 passes for two touchdowns.
“I feel like I did a really good job of controlling the tempo of the offense, putting the defense in bad situations where they were gassed, and making substitutions,” Houser said.
Many people wondered what Houser would do in a situation where he couldn’t find an open man.
Houser ran away with the answer.
He ran for 76 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
“They knew I could move,” said Houser. “But they didn’t know how fast I could move.”
Added his backfield counterpart Ty Warren: “Dawson can run extremely well, and that’s what I like about him. He’s not afraid to run, he’s not afraid to get out there and take a hit.”
Houser said the confidence that helped him in his first start will be even more apparent as Bearden travels to Powell next week.
While he is satisfied with his performance, he is still hungry for improvement.
“You have to get back to your next practice, and evaluate what went right, what went wrong, and get back on the field for practice,” he said.