Dickson 7 Independence 49
Devontae Sanders had only 5 carries for 9 yards Friday night but his play at safety helped slow down the Eagles blazing offense.
Creek Wood 48 East Hickman 24
Dickson 7 Independence 49
Devontae Sanders had only 5 carries for 9 yards Friday night but his play at safety helped slow down the Eagles blazing offense.
Creek Wood 48 East Hickman 24
Creek Wood 20 Montgomery Central 14
Dickson 0 Ravenwood 34
Calarence Fossie provided a defensive spark on a night when positives were hard to come by. The senior continues to provide defensive leadership from his linebacker spot and shines when his number is called offensively.
Dickson 14 Summit 7
Connor Wall has led the Cougars on the defensive line all year and gave a strong effort against Summit on Friday night.
Creek Wood had a bye week
Dickson County suffered their worst loss of the season, 49-7, Friday night at Independence . A televised homecoming game offered plenty of hype, coupled with fall break and a talented Eagle team proved to be too much for the Cougars.
Independence for their first touchdown of the night just 22 seconds in to the first quarter on a 67 yard pass from Andrew Bunch to Nate Johnson. Bunch had two passing touchdowns and a pair of rushing touchdowns to cap an impressive night for the Eagle offense.
Dickson on the other hand struggled to find a rhythm and accrued only 196 total yards on the night. The Cougars lone touchdown came with just under ten minutes to go when Jacob Murphree found Enoch Williams for a 16 yard score.
Dickson now prepares for their final game of the season against Centennial , Friday at 7pm. The Cougars will wear pink breast cancer awareness jersey which will be auctioned off during the game. Fans are encouraged to “pink out” the stadium in support of breast cancer awareness.
The East Hickman Eagles won their first game of the season over district rival Stewart County the week before, but that didn’t help East as it traveled north to Charlotte. The Creek Wood Red Hawks blasted the Eagles 48-24 in a lopsided contest on Friday, one that saw much of the second half played with the mercy rule before East Hickman was able to cut the Red Hawks’ lead below 35 against the home side’s reserves.
East Hickman got the ball first, and after Jacob Stone completed a pass to Trent Harrington for a first down the Creek Wood defense put a stop to the drive and forced a punt. The Red Hawks had the ball on their own 40, then a false start pushed them back to the 35. Ian Spence found Mathis Duncan for a 65 yard passing touchdown, and with 10:19 left in the first quarter Creek Wood was up 7-0. East moved the ball well on its second drive, showing signs of the offense that put up over 50 points in a win the week before. However, Duncan ripped the ball out of a receiver’s hands inside the 20 yardline, forcing a fumble and getting the recovery without the ball hitting the ground, and the Red Hawks never looked back. Kyle Klotz capped off a drive of around 6 plays with a 2 yard touchdown run, and it was 14-0 with 7:24 left in the first.
East Hickman moved the ball well again on drive number three, picking up a couple of first downs before a Creek Wood interception returned for a touchdown was negated by a penalty. The Eagles converted on fourth down twice on the drive, including a 12 yard touchdown pass from Stone to Cody Thomason, and East Hickman had cut the lead to 14-7 with 4:19 to go in the first. Less than a minute later, the Red Hawks would answer; Spence threw an incomplete pass on first down, then ran the ball himself on second down for a 72 yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-7. The Creek Wood defense would force a three and out, and the Red Hawks would get the ball back as the first quarter expired.
Two minutes into the second, Klotz would score his second touchdown of the day on a 4 yard scamper. Less than four minutes later, Spence would sell the entire stadium on a fake, then keep it himself for a 23 yard touchdown run, an before the half drew to a close Spence would score again, this time getting an approximately 70-yard interception for a score that wouldn’t get called back. Both sides would trade fumbles, but the half would end 42-7 Creek Wood, and the dominant defense feeding efficient offense meant the mercy rule would be in effect to start the second half.
Klotz would be in as the squad’s quarterback in the third, and with 1:30 left in the period he would keep it himself on a designed “wildcat” quarterback run, scoring from 5 yards out to make it 48-7. The Eagles would sell out to block Spence’s extra point, and their successful effort would make a difference in the fourth quarter. Austin Sheperd would score from 2 yards out with 8:35 left in regulation, and the successful extra point from Taylor Eubanks made it 48-14. The missed extra point on Creek Wood’s last touchdown meant the lead was only 34 points, not the 35 required by the mercy rule, so the clock no longer ran continuously.
Stone found Harrington for a 14 yard score through the air, and Stone–the team’s running back last season–took in the two point conversion himself to make it 48-22 with 2:48 left. While a comeback seemed unlikely, the Eagles played with fire, and pinned Creek Wood back near the goal line on its ensuing possession. Wingback James Hammock had already taken over as Creek Wood’s third quarterback, and he was sacked trying to get out of the endzone by Daniel Myers. The safety, just 25 seconds after the last East Hickman score, cut the lead to 48-24, and a defensive pass interference call with 59 seconds left kept the Eagles moving down the field. However, East would get no closer as Creek Wood put its starters back in on defense. The Eagles seemed to accept their fate after that, and the Red Hawks held on for a 48-24 district victory.
The race to the postseason has gotten murky over the last two weeks. After East Hickman beat Stewart County to leave the Rebels the only winless team in District 11-AA, Stewart County upended Lewis County 26-15. The Panthers, Creek Wood’s opponent next week in Hohenwald, were on cloud nine after handing Waverly its first district loss last week; the Tigers gave Camden Central ITS first district loss 34-31 this week, leaving every team in the District with at least one win and at least one loss. Fairview also shocked the world with a 41-28 win at home against Hickman County this week, giving the Bulldogs two losses in the district and the same district record as Creek Wood. If Hickman County beats Waverly, Camden beats Stewart County, and Creek Wood wins at Lewis County next week, the Halloween-week regular season finales would be very important. Camden would come in 6-1 in the district and would travel to 5-2 Creek Wood, while 5-2 Waverly would play at home against Fairview. A Fairview upset would then put Creek Wood and Camden in the playoffs as the top two teams in the district, with the CW/Camden game deciding the district championship as well. A Waverly win might give them an automatic playoff spot at 6-2, ahead of Creek Wood with a Red Hawk loss or in a three way tie atop the district with a win.
In short, Creek Wood needs a win Friday night at Lewis County to keep not only its playoff hopes alive, but its shot at a district championship.
The Creek Wood Red Hawks had a tougher opponent to overcome on Friday night than their opponents, the Montgomery Central Indians. Creek Wood had to overcome itself in a hard-fought battle in the rain, as the Red Hawks committed several costly penalties in a soggy district game on the road against a talented rival team. Somehow the Red Hawks pulled it all together, scoring 20 straight points to turn a 7-0 deficit into a 20-7 lead, and Creek Wood’s defense salted away a 20-14 win in Cunningham.
Jack Hummel put the Indians on top at home with a big rushing touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, and the rain-and-mud-soaked Red Hawks were staring down a 7-0 score. Late in the half, Ian Spence handed the ball to workhorse Kyle Klotz, who scored from 17 yards out, and with Spence’s extra point the game was tied. The Creek Wood defense held, and the two teams went to the locker room even at 7-7.
Creek Wood dominated much of the second half, with Austin Newsom and Wyatt Page wreaking havoc in the Montgomery Central backfield (much like they did in the first half), Devon Higgins and Peyton Gibbs keeping receivers out of the end zone, and the tandem of Mathis Duncan and Jonathan McCloud catching Spence’s passes. Lost in the box score, however, was the second half rushing prowess of Dylan Huffman. The junior receiver ran the end around with great success, and set up both of the Red Hawks’ second half scores. Both times came in the third quarter, both times Huffman was forced out at the 1 yard line, an both times Klotz punched in the score soon after. Spence made the extra point on the first touchdown of the second half to make it 14-7 and cement the Red Hawks’ first lead of the game, but he didn’t get a chance on the second; whether the snap was bad, the hold was bad, or the play was a fake, Klotz tried for a two point conversion following his third score of the day, but the try was no good. Creek Wood led 20-7 and was solidly in front, but the game was far from over.
In the fourth quarter, Montgomery Central found new life, and despite injuries and wet conditions the Indians mixed the pass and the run to engineer a scoring drive. Peyton Delvendahl coordinated an efficient attack, passing to Dequimothy Northington, rushing in the veer with backfield mates T. J. Sauers and Brady Maynard, and using hobbled dual-threat Tyler Snead on the ground and through the air. Ultimately it was Hunter Harris who caught the only passing touchdown of the night from Delvendahl, but the squib kickoff did not bounce to an Indian for a lucky onside kick. Creek Wood could not successfully kill the clock, so the teams traded possessions late in a six point game. Inside of a minute, Montgomery Central had its second and final chance to win the game but Northington was unable to tip a fourth down pass back to himself enough to secure the catch that would have kept the game alive. The ball went over on downs, Spence got to take a knee, and the Red Hawks escaped with a hard fought district win, 20-14.
Creek Wood improves to 4-3 overall, 3-2 in District 11-AA, with a home game Friday against eighth-place East Hickman (1-6, 1-5). The Eagles got their win this past Friday night as well, thumping Stewart County 55-47. The fourth-place Red Hawks sit just behind third place Waverly Central, who allowed a late rally by Lewis County and lost 46-41. Creek Wood travels to Lewis County next week, before finishing at home against Camden (6-1, 5-0).
DIckson County was the latest team to see why Ravenwood is the front runner in 11-AAA. The Cougars struggled to move the ball Friday night en route to a 34-0 loss.
It only took 1:02 for the Raptors to put seven points on the board when Seth Rowland bolted 37 yards for the first score. That would be all Ravenwood needed on the night. Ravenwood would find the endzone four more times in the first half and once in the third quarter to build the final margin. A botched extra point on the final touchdown prevented a running clock with 7:16 remaining in the third quarter. This was the Raptors second straight shutout after the stalled the Centennial offense a week early.
Offensively the Cougars were limited due to sloppy weather and a shortened running back rotation. John Jackson suffered an injury which ended his season last week. That left the Cougars with Collier Wolcott and Devontae Sanders to share the carries Friday. On the night Dickson produced only 47 yards of total offense and rushed for -13 yards.
Dickson remains in the playoff hunt with remaining games against Independence and Centennial.
Dickson County won their second game of the season and doubled their win total from a year ago with a 14-7 win over Summit.
The Cougars got a three and out to start the game and seemed to be rolling on offense until a wild intercept stopped their first drive. Dickson’s defense would bend to the brink on the next drive. Collier Wolcott intercepted a pass on the goal line and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown to give Dickson a 7-0 lead. The teams exchanged possession until the Spartans got a one yard TD to tie things up. Dickson answered on the next drive with a 79 yard score moments later and lead 14-7 heading in to the half.
During halftime a storm front moved into the area and brought strong winds which limited what both teams were able to do on offense. After muddling through a quarter of bad weather the Cougars had to hang on in the fourth. Summit was drive in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter but on a simple curl route tailback Dylan Bates was injured by a freak hit from Cayce Daniel. After a long delay while Bates was removed by ambulance, the Spartans seemed to have lost their edge and failed to convert on three straight tries to end the game. The final offensive play from Summit seemed to reach the line to gain but the official indicated the receiver bobble the ball and marker him a yard short.
The Cougars now prepare for their final three games as they face the top of the district in Ravenwood, Centennial, and Independence. They host Ravenwood Friday night at 7pm on WDKN and The One.
Dickson Middle School dominated the competition all season long in the Big South Conference, and its rematch against Lewisburg in the Big South Conference Championship Game was virtually a lock weeks in advance. Shockingly, the Tigers started hot and built up a sizable lead to seemingly put the game away, but the homestanding Dragons and eighth grader Darian Burns mounted a furious second half comeback before running out of time and energy in the final minutes. For the second time in three years, DMS won the regular season BSC title, but came up short in the title game, as Lewisburg held off Dickson 34-22.
Dickson got the opening kickoff, but on the first play from scrimmage Burns fumbled the football, and Lewisburg recovered. Wesley Walker was the featured player for the Tigers, and he was involved in nearly every play they ran. Walker ran the football on Lewisburg’s first six plays, the last one a 27 yard touchdown. On the two point try, KJ Johnson found Devontavious Wilson through the air, and with 5:40 left in the first DMS trailed 8-0.
The Dragons moved the ball well on their next possession, picking up two first downs with Burns and Triston Corlew carrying the mail. The drive stalled at the Lewisburg 40, however, as Colton Harris tried to find tight end Kody Pardue on third and long and fourth and long. Both passes were incomplete, so the Tigers took over on downs. Five plays later, four of them Walker runs, the Tigers scored again on the first play of the second quarter, Walker finding the endzone from 45 yards out. Johnson’s pass for two was incomplete, so it was 14-0 Lewisburg. The Tigers shocked Dickson with an onside kick and recovered, then rushed Walker twice to set up a double pass–Johnson to Mitchell Ford, then Ford to Wilson for 11 yards and a first down. The Dragon defense then stopped Wilson on an end around rush for a half-yard loss, but the Tigers pounded away with four more rushes from Walker and a couple more first downs. The Lewisburg offense would then stall inside the Dickson 30, with an incomplete pass, a false start followed by an 11 yard QB draw from Johnson, and a big run from Walker called back for holding. Lewisburg would try Walker again on third down, but tripped and fell for no gain, and their fourth down gamble with Walker also came up short.
Dickson got the ball back on downs late in the first half, but couldn’t get much going. A 10 yard run by Burns gave the Dragons a first down, then a wildcat-formation false start cost them five yards. Burns was stopped for a loss on two straight plays, but got 10 yards on fourth and long as the second quarter drew to a close.
Lewisburg got the ball to start the second half, and only needed three plays to pad their lead. Johnson found Wilson through the air for a 50 yard touchdown pass, and though Walker was stopped on the two point try it was still 20-0 Tigers with 6:39 left in the third. On the ensuing Dragons possession, Burns got a yard on first down, then Harris was unable to connect on three straight passes, giving the ball back to the Tigers at the Lewisburg 45. Johnson found Walker through the air for a huge 37 yard catch run for a first down, then three plays later Walker ran for 16 yards and another score. Big Number Nine in blue, Walker, added the two point conversion on another rush, and the Dragons were down 28-0 with 3:45 left in the third.
The Dragons started their fifth possession of the day with an incomplete pass to Corlew. They then gave the ball to Corlew, who was stopped for a loss of two. That third down play was when everything changed for Dickson. Harris found Burns for 17 yards and a first down through the air, the first DMS completion of the day. As the Maroon and White headed into the hurry up, Harris fed Burns five times in a row, and the eighth grader responded with 6 yards or more on each rush including an 11 yard scamper. Harris hit Corlew for the successful two point conversion, and with 45 seconds remaining in the third Dickson was on the board down 28-8.
Lewisburg answered back on their next drive, finishing the third quarter and rolling into the fourth with a five play scoring drive. One play was incomplete and another a three yard draw by the quarterback Johnson; the other three plays were Walker rushes, including a 40 yard burst for another touchdown. Bruising fullback Hunter Lancaster tried to rush for two, but he was stopped short to keep the margin at 34-8 with 6:26 left in the fourth.
On its next possession Dickson went back on the attack with Burns. He ripped off runs of 17, 16, 9, 8, and 18 yards before the winded Tiger defense could even hold him to a two yard rush. On the very next play, Burns rammed ahead and scored from 22 yards out, and after a false start on the two point try pushed the Dragons back, Harris found Corlew again to make it 28-16 with 4:24 left.
The Dragons tried and recovered the onside kick, then fed the beast again with Burns. Six plays later, all Burns rushes, a two yard burst up the left side saw Burns cut into the lead again. Though he was stopped short on the two point try, the Lewisburg lead had been cut to 34-22 with 3:02 left. Miraculously, Dickson again recovered the onside kick, and picked up a first down with a 13 yard Burns rush. After an incomplete pass, the clearly exhausted Burns ripped off a run of 9 yards on second down, lost a yard on third down, then converted on fourth down. The Dragons rushed ahead, with Burns picking up another first down on their next play and putting DMS firmly at the 9 down by 12. Burns would have just one more carry in him, ramming for 3 more yards down to the 6, but the running back could barely stay in the game after that. Harris would throw two more incompletions before Wilson picked him off on fourth down and was dropped at his own 1 yard line. Johnson would sneak the ball twice to avoid the safety, and the clock would run out on a huge Cinderella comeback.
Walker finished with over 225 yards of offense and four touchdowns in a winning effort, but Darian Burns was clearly the player of the game with over 316 yards of total offense–260 of those in the second half–and all four of his team’s touchdowns, despite trailing 28-0. Dickson finishes the year with a record of 5-2 overall, runners up in the Big South Conference.
Dickson trailed most of the way in the 41-31 loss to Wilson Central but for a brief moment in the fourth quarter it seemed he Cougars had a little homecoming magic.
Dickson County dug a big hole in the first quarter. On three straight drives the Wildcats put touchdowns on the board the Cougars went three and out. Finally, trailing 21-0, Dickson scored from 39 yards out on the last play of the first quarter. Sophomore Jacob Murphree found receiver Isaiah Burns for the score and Dickson trimmed the lead to 21-7.
The second quarter was a bit more even. The Cougars pulled closer, 21-10, with a Jacob Williams 41 yard field goal. It looked like Dickson would face a 28-10 deficit at halftime after another Wilson Central touchdown with 1:30 to go in the half. However, Dickson mounted a 49 second drive and Murphree found Burns again from 10 yards out to make it 28-17 at the break.
Both teams went three and out to start the second half. On their second drive of the half the Cougars would chewed up most of the third quarter. Murphree scrambled out of the pocket to his right and got good blocks from Ty Murphree and Cayce Daniel, clearing the way for a 17 yard touchdown. Dickson trailed 28-23 after a failed two point conversion.
In the fourth quarter, Dickson turned to Collier Wolcott for another long drive that culminated in a 2 yard touchdown run by the junior. Murphree scrambled right again to score the two point conversion. Dickson led 31-28 with 8:39 to go.
Unfortunately, Wilson Central would score the final 13 points and Dickson failed on their final two drives. Sealing the homecoming loss 41-31.
The Cougars now prepare to travel to Summit Friday at 7.