RFC Sports - Dickson, TN

Dickson County dug a huge first quarter hole on the way to a 40-27 loss to the Lions of Columbia.

Columbia wasted no time jumping out in front on a 72 yard touchdown run by Mario Williams just 35 seconds into the first quarter. Dickson’s high powered offense stalled on the next possession and moments later Evari Wisener would haul in a touchdown from 23 yards out to make it 14-0 with nine minutes left in the quarter. The Lions would score one more time in the first quarter. This time, Georgia commit, Jackson Harris grabbed a 21 yard pass from Orrin Delk. The extra point was no good, Columbia lead 20-0 heading to the second quarter.

Dickson responded in the second first with a 22 yard field goal from Jacob William with 7:08 left in the half. With junior liner backer and starting tailback, Collier Wolcott out with an injury and Devontae Sanders struggling, Dickson turned to senior John Jackson at running back. Jackson answer right away, taking his first carry of the night 48 yard, then capping the drive with a 2 yard TD run. Dickson trailed 20-10 at the half but would receive after the half and had all the momentum in their favor.

Coming out of the locker room, the Cougars again struggled to find rhythm on offense. After failing to move the ball on the opening possession of the half the punted to Columbia. Wisener struck again, this time on the ground, with a 78 yard touchdown run to push the lead back to 17 at 27-10. Dickson answered back with moments later with a 66 yard Jackson TD trimming the lead back to 10. Both teams would score again in the third quarter; Columbia on a Delk 10 yard TD run and Dickson on a 10 yard Wildcat run by Isaiah Burns. After the two teams combined for 28 points in the third quarter, the Cougar still trailed by 10, 34-24.

Starting the fourth, Dickson got as close as they had been since the first three minutes of the game. The Cougars’ drove to the 34 of Columbia but the drive stalled and Coach Troy Williams elected to try the long field goal. Williams would make his second of the game, this time from 50 yards, and Dickson trailed 34-27 with 5:46 to go in the fourth. The teams would trade possessions until Williams strung together three solid runs including a one yard touchdown plunge to extend the lead to 40-27 after a missed PAT. Dickson would cross midfield before stalling in the final two minutes and get one last chance after a Columbia fumble but neither drive found the endzone.

The Cougars were lead offensively by Jackson with 195 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 18 carries. Ty Murphree had 6 receptions for 80 yards. Trevy Lee had three kick returns for 110 yards including one for 59 yards.

Dickson faces Franklin Friday night in their first District 11-AAA matchup at 7pm on the RFC Sports Network.

Red Hawks Clock Cubs

With the memory of a 45-7 season-opening loss fresh on their minds, the Creek Wood Red Hawks sought revenge at home against former district rivals the Cheatham County Cubs. On Friday night, the Red Hawks got their revenge, dominating all facets of the game en route to a 34-14 blowout win at home.

Creek Wood took its opening drive down the field with a heavy dose of Kyle Klotz on the ground but scored a touchdown when quarterback Ian Spence called his own number from four yards out. Spence nailed the extra point, and the Red Hawks were up 7-0 with 8:34 left in the first quarter. Creek Wood got an interception just one minute later as Klotz picked off Cheatham County quarterback Ryan Christmas, and CWHS used the short field to take a 14-0 lead as Spence found Isaac Edmondson for a 27 yard score with 4:58 left in the first. Creek Wood added another score with 1:33 left in the first as Dalton Pentecost struck on the ground from 17 yards away to extend the lead to 21-0.

The Red Hawks nearly kept the shutout for the entire first half, but Cheatham County’s Willie Presley broke the plane on an 11 yard touchdown run with just five seconds left in the quarter. Creek Wood led 21-7 at the half, but the Red Hawks capitalized on turnovers and poor special teams play by the Cubs to put the game away in the third. Creek Wood turned the ball over early in the second half on a fumble, but the Red Hawks caused a fumble soon after. Klotz scooped it up and rumbled more than 60 yards for the touchdown to make it 28-7 with 10:28 left in the third. The CWHS defense kept Cheatham County at bay, and the Red Hawk offense drove back down the field. While trying to get out of bounds on a first down conversion scramble, Spence got hit hard on the sidelines and had to leave the game. Klotz stepped in as the quarterback, and with 5:56 left in the quarter Klotz dove into the end zone and scored from one yard out. Spence came back in for the extra point, but it was no good, and Creek Wood led 34-7.

Cheatham County had its only answer of the game with 2:52 left in the third, as Christmas found Maxwell Lynch for a touchdown pass to make it 34-14. However, the game was out of hand and both sides began cycling in the backups. The reserves were unable to score for either side in the fourth, and Creek Wood improved to 1-1 on the season.

The Red Hawks travel to Centerville this week, for the district opener against Hickman County. The Bulldogs (1-0) beat Wayne County 38-34 on the road in Week One, after a bye in Week Zero. Elsewhere in the district, Stewart County (1-1) destroyed Houston County 61-12 and Waverly (2-0) rocked Perry County 55-6. Montgomery Central (1-1) took a non-district loss 30-21 at Harpeth. Camden improved to 2-0 by getting the first district win of the season, toppling Fairview (1-1) by a score of 35-20. Lewis County improved to 2-0 as well, blasting Collinwood 41-22 for a second straight week where the Panthers scored 40+ points. East Hickman had a bye week, after a Week Zero loss.

The Dickson Middle School Dragons opened Big South Conference play on Thursday night at Spring Hill Middle School. DMS had its season opener at home against Charlotte cancelled due to inclement weather, then had its actual season opener at E. O. Coffman moved to a Saturday afternoon, but the Dragons were right on schedule against the Generals. Dickson nearly blanked Spring Hill on the road, annihilating their conference rivals 28-8.

Dickson’s unquestioned leader Darian Burns accounted for two of the Dragons’ four touchdowns in the rout, including a 92 yard scamper on a sweep. Tristan Corlew added the other two scores on the ground as well. The Generals threatened in the first half, but the Maroon and White defense turned them away twice in the red zone. On one of those stops, Burns forced a fumble which Tucker Berry recovered and carried to the Spring Hill five yard line. The Dragons cashed in on the very next play, as Burns found the goal line, and made it 20-0 at halftime.

The Dragon defense nearly capped off a shutout, but the Generals broke free for a long touchdown run with about three minutes to go, but the Dickson defense made sure they got no closer. The Dragons (2-0) host West Wilson next Thursday night, while Charlotte hosts Harpeth.

Dickson County changed to a spread offense with speed and versatility, after getting shredded as the old-fashioned team in the Williamson County district last year. That new-beats-old mindset played out according to the script Friday night against cross-county rival Creek Wood, but cramps and backup issues for the Red Hawks helped seal the deal on a 45-7 Cougar romp at home.

Less than halfway through the first quarter, Dickson County rammed the ball into the end zone on a 5 yard Collier Wolcott touchdown run. Creek Wood would start its next drive at its own 6 and drive all the way down to the Dickson County 6 before losing 4 yards on a Kyle Klotz rush, and another 5 on a sack of quarterback Ian Spence. The Red Hawks would try for a 32 yard field goal,but the try was no good, and the Cougars took over at their own 20. The energized Dickson County squad would quickly flip the field on big plays and grind out the first quarter clock. They would cap off the 80 yard drive with 9:33 left in the half as Wolcott scored again from 8 yards out.

Creek Wood started its next drive at the Red Hawk 20, and after a Spence scramble and a 9 yard completion to Isaac Edmondson the Red Hawks had a first down. Spence would then complete two short passes to go-to receiver  Mathis Duncan before getting picked off on third down by Wolcott, who took the ball 15 yards to the Red Hawk 26. On the very next play, Jacob Williams connected with Isaiah Burns for a 26 yard touchdown strike, and with 7:55 left in the first half it was 21-0 Dickson County.

Both teams would trade possessions, but the Red Hawks found lightning in a bottle on their following series as Spence found Duncan on an option toss left, and the stalwart  found the end zone for a 45 yard touchdown on the first play of the series. The Dickson County faithful thought the pitch was an illegal forward pitch, but no flags flew and the call stood, with the Red Hawks trimming the lead to 21-7 with 4:44 left in the half.

The stifling heat and humidity, with a feels-like of 94 at kickoff, was finally affecting play as both sides swapped ineffective possessions to wind the second. Spence threw a late pass that was picked off by Kincaid Lewis, but a Cougar penalty negated the pick and gave the Red Hawks a first down with 0.5 seconds left. Spence attempted a 47 yard field goal to end the half, but the kick was short and the tired troops got to go to the locker room with the score still 21-7. The heat would prove an even bigger factor in the second half, however.

The Cougars would get the ball first in the second half, but after one first down the drive would stall. However, a beautiful “special forces team” effort by DCHS on the punt would down the ball at the one, and the game began to turn. After a 3-yard keeper on second down and four, QB Spence cramped up and had to leave the game. That moved Klotz to QB from his tailback spot. A handoff to Dalton Pentacost picked up the first down out to the CW 13, but two plays later the Red Hawks’ center would have to leave the game. On a third and six from their own 19, the backup center snapped the ball over the head of the backup QB, and the Cougars recovered on the two yard line. Wolcott would score his third touchdown of the night on the next play, making it 28-7.

After another touchback, Creek Wood started again at its own 20, and a pass interference penalty on the first play helped the Red Hawks with field position. However, Klotz was sacked on first down, and threw two incomplete passes to bring up fourth and long. Spence came back in to punt, and after getting the kick off his plant leg buckled and he fell to his back. Meanwhile Burns had fielded the punt and weaved around everyone, beating the crawling and injured Spence for a 73 yard score that would ice the game at 35-7 with 5:51 left in the third.

Williams would add a 25 yard field goal a few minutes later, and reserve running back Andrew Stanford would cap a two play drive early in the fourth with a 44 yard breakaway touchdown run to make it 45-7, and the running clock took care of the rest. Dickson County made a huge statement in Week Zero and put the rest of its district on notice, while the Red Hawks showed they have more work to do.

DCHS was led by Wolcott on the ground with 72 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns, while Burns had 74 yards and a score through the air. Williams was 11-21 for 132 and a touchdown, while Spence and Klotz combined for a 14-32 night, 142 yards, no touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The Cougars as a team rushed 33 times for 192 yards and 3 scores, while the Red Hawks had 26 rushes for 108 and a score.

Creek Wood hosts Cheatham County on Friday, while Dickson County travels to Columbia Central; both games are non-district games, and can be heard on the RFC Sports Network.

The 2014 Dickson Middle School football season suffered its share of setbacks. The season opener at home against Charlotte was cancelled due to storms. The new season opener, at Lawrence County High School against E. O. Coffman was moved to the LCHS practice field because the main field was being re-sodded. The game was then moved from Thursday night to Saturday afternoon, because the practice field didn’t have lights.

It was only fitting that it took an extra two drives for the Dragons’ season to really get going on Saturday; their opening drive went ten yards backwards, and the ensuing punt was returned farther than it was kicked. The short field enabled the Panthers to punch it in for a touchdown on a plunge by Baily Coker, and the successful two point conversion on a Tabius Reed run made it 8-0 E. O. Coffman with 4:16 left in the first.

At that moment, the DMS season began.

The Panthers tried an onside kick, but Dickson recovered and chewed up the rest of the opening quarter. A 15-yard touchdown pass from Colton Harris to Cody Pardue and a successful conversion run by Tucker Berry made it 8-8 with just three seconds left in the first. The Dragons would ultimately forge a 28-0 run, blanking the home side for almost exactly half the game. Game MVP Darian Burns would score three touchdowns in a row, on runs of 2 yards and 40 yards 9 seconds apart in the second quarter (with an innocuous, nearly out of bounds squib kick recovered as an onside for DMS in between), and a 60 yard scamper at 4:29 in the third to make it 28-8. He would also convert the two on the second touchdown, while the other two tries were incomplete passes.

Just 18 seconds after Burns’ last score in the third, the Panthers would answer back on a flukey, broken play. A dumpoff pass to Reed bounced high off a hand, and the talented receiver tipped it again and caught it on his third try. The players looking up trying to catch the ball on a tip drill formed a natural wall, and Reed raced 47 yards to make it 28-14. The ensuing try was no good.

Since his starter already had 3 touchdowns and over 158 yards on the ground, DMS head coach Scotty Roberts leaned on other players in the second half, including Sabastin Sweeney. The nimble 8th grader capped off Dickson’s scoring with a one yard plunge with 34 seconds left in the third, after Berry was ruled out of bounds shy of the pylon on a big run on the prior play. Pardue made his second scoring grab of the night as he pulled in the two point try, and the Dragons led 36-14.

E. O. Coffman would waste little time answering back as Andrew Whittaker found the end zone with 5:49 left in regulation, but the try was no good and Dickson led 36-20. The Maroon and White ran the clock down as they drove the ball deep into Panther territory, and the ball went over on downs with 29 seconds left. After two incomplete passes, the home side opted for a simple inside run, and the clock ran out on Dickson’s season and Big South opener.

The Charlotte Tigers were out manned but not out gunned on Thursday night as they kicked off their season. With only 23 players on the roster, Coach Tommy Shelton guided the Tigers to a 36-28 win. Cheatham struck first to take an 8-0 but Charlotte would answer back, taking a tie in to halftime 14-14. Both teams would score in the third quarter and it was 28-28 with 1:55 left in the game. Charlotte punched a touchdown in with six seconds remaining and tacked on the two point conversion for the final mark of 36-28.

Dickson Middle School Football at E.O. Coffman has been rescheduled from tonight at 6:30 to Saturday at 4pm. It will be broadcast on WDKN and 101.5 The One FM.

The Lady Cougar Soccer team takes on Sycamore today at 5:30, the game will be played at Sycamore

Hank Freeman will umpire his first game at the Little League World Series today at 2pm on ESPN. Hank will be the Home Plate umpire for the game between the team from the Great Lakes Region and the NorthWest Region.

Hank FreemanHank Freeman has spent nearly two decades umpiring at local Little League parks. In that time, he has garnered his share of praise and criticism, but no matter what goes on on the field he always reminds those around him that “it’s a game” and “it’s suppose to be fun.” In less than a week the fun will really start when  he receives one of this highest rewards Little League has to offer; a trip to the Little League World Series. Starting on August 14th, Mr. Freeman (along with twelve other US umpires and four international umpires) will spend 10 days with kids from around the country, and around the world, umpiring in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on national TV.

The World Series selection process is a long one, starting first at the local level. Mr. Freeman worked with local leagues in White Bluff, Burns, Charlotte, Clarksville, and South Cheatham as a volunteer umpire for several years. At the end of each season, umpires are recommended by their local park for District tournaments, then the District Administrators recommend umpires for the State Tournaments. Advancing on to the Regional Tournament, now held in Warner Robins, Georgia, requires more work on the part of the umpire. They must first receive a recommendation from their local District Administrator, in this case, Tommy Shelton. In 2008, Mr. Freeman received that recommendation, his regional was the last Little League baseball tournament played in the former Region Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. That year’s tournament appearance for Mr. Freeman culminated with him serving as the first base umpire in the Championship game on ESPN. From there, he began working towards a World Series appearance which requires a recommendation from the Regional Director to Little League International. Once that recommendation is accepted, Little League International can assigned an umpire to any of 8 tournament sites around the country.

1Hank_4262This year, six years after that regional championship game, Mr Freeman received the call to head to Williamsport.  “Being able to [participate in this tournament] is first and foremost a great honor and privilege,” said Freeman. “It is an opportunity, not to show off my skill, but to participate in a small way in an event that is all for the kids. It is an honor to be selected and an incredible privilege to be allowed to be on the field with these young athletes from around the world. An opportunity of a lifetime.” When asked what aspect of the trip he most looked forward to he said, “Seeing some really good baseball played by players from all over the world [and] enjoying the atmosphere at Williamsport while making new friends and having a fun.” Once again proving that “it’s a game” and “it’s suppose to be fun.”

Mr. Freeman will be joined by the South Nashville Little League boys who won the Southeast Region Tournament Friday. Little League World Series games are covered by the ESPN family of networks, listen to the RFC Sports Network for Mr. Freeman’s schedule during the tournament.

This year’s World Series will be special as it is the 75th anniversary of Little League’s foundation. Carl Stotz founded the organization in 1939 in Williamsport, PA, which is the current sight of Little League Headquarters and the LLWS. “I wanted [Little League] to be just like the big leagues but for little boys,” said Stotz, according to littleleague.org. Today Little League baseball is played in all 50 states and more than 80 countries internationally.

 

 

The Redhawks and Cougars will once again start the season off with a bang when the two teams face off Week Zero on the RFC Sports Network. The rivalry has never been at a higher point than this year with Creek Wood posting their first win in the series just a year ago. Dickson will try to retake control of the series after that first monumental loss with a new offense and revitalized defense. The Redhawks will look to lean on experience and leadership to guide them to a second straight win but this time they will have to pull one out on the road at Dickson County Stadium. Listen live online here at RFCSports.com or tune in to WDKN and 101.5 The One on Friday August 22nd at 7pm for all the coverage.

 

Football season is back and kicks off Thursday night with an intercounty rivalry between Dickson and Charlotte. Kickoff is set for 6:30 and can be heard right here on RFCSports.com.