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.