RFC Sports - Dickson, TN

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.

Coach Scotty Robert will join the RFC Sports Hour tonight at 6pm to discuss the upcoming 2014 football season for the Dickson Dragons. Freeman and Coach Roberts will break down the schedule, discuss new members of the coaching staff, and get you set for Thursday night’s game with the Charlotte Tigers.