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.