Excitement has been building for weeks now, as the Pearland Oilers and Dawson Eagles gear up to play their third annual matchup Friday night. The Oilers have won the previous two meetings, but that means very little heading into tomorrow night.
Cranking up the excitement for the game, the Pearland Lions Club hosted the 2016 Pear Bowl. Coaches and members of the team showed up to raise money for the Pearland Touchdown Club and Dawson Eagles Football Booster Club.
Appearances were also made by Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, councilmember Greg Hill, State Representative Ed Thompson, County Commissioner Ryan Cade, Constable Buck Stevens, and members of the school board.
The event included a meal donated by Bottomless Pitt, a raffle for prizes, and an auction for signed helmets, and light-up team signs. $3,400 dollars were raised which will be split evenly between the two teams.
The teams even competed in arm wrestling competitions. Pearland won the match and the team was rewarded with Blue Bell ice cream.
Oiler Head Coach Tony Heath took to the podium and spoke of his pride in the two programs. “You have two football teams, not only great on the football field, but great in the community…. The one thing I can tell you is you’re going to have two teams competing their tails off and they’re going to play the game the way the game should be played. “
Eagles Head Coach Eric Wells spoke on the possibility of growth in this new tradition. “Obviously this is one of those traditions that five years from now, it may not be able to fit in this building. The more people hear about it, the more it grows and grows and grows.”
Come out to the field Friday night to see what all the hype is about.