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Dickson Middle Finds Redemption in Charlotte

The Dickson Middle School basketball squads had two different reasons to be ready for Monday night’s battle with Charlotte. In the end, the Dragons and Lady Dragons came away with the same results–lopsided wins up Highway 48 North.

The Dickson Middle School Dragon boys blew out Charlotte in the prior game in Dickson, and seemed poised to repeat and sweep the season series. However, Charlotte had other plans. The Tigers took it to the visiting Dragons, and the two squads swapped the lead in the opening quarter until DMS escaped with an 8-7 edge. The second quarter was much of the same, with neither offense able to properly execute. Darian Burns chipped in 5 points and D. J. Stacy added a bucket, and Dickson eked out a 7-6 edge for a 15-13 lead at the half.

Out of the locker room, the Dickson Dragons were a completely different team. Kody Pardue went off for 9 points in the third and the Dragons held Charlotte without a field goal in a 20-4 shellacking. Up 35-17 heading into the fourth, Dickson cycled in some reserves for most of the final minutes, before both sides emptied their benches; the Tigers won the final quarter 10-8, but the Dragons took the game 43-27.

Burns scored in every quarter and led all scorers with 18 points as he earned MVP honors, while Pardue added 11. Noah Swelfer led Charlotte with 8 points, 6 of them off free throws, while Sam Askins and James Dougherty added 4 each.

The Dickson Middle Lady Dragons were looking to avenge their only loss of the season. Instead of the back and forth, close game classic from the prior matchup, Monday night’s rematch was a lopsided blowout as the Dickson defense smothered the Black and Gold hosts in a 28-11 win. Dickson took the opening frame 11-2, off 7 points from Raegan Purvine. Charlotte answered back with a 7-0 run to start the second, but the Lady Dragons answered back with a 4-0 run of their own to close out the first half. DMS led 15-9 at the half, and the defense found another gear in the second half. Another 4 points from Purvine keyed an 8-2 third, and the Lady Dragons blanked the Lady Tigers 5-0 in the final frame to salt away the win.

Purvine earned MVP honors with 13 points, more than double the total of anyone else in the game. The next highest totals were from teammate Ryann Roberts with 6 points, then 5 points each from Dickson’s Caty Roberts and Charlotte’s Raegan Hohl. Madison Hayes added 4 points for CMS.

Dickson Middle is back in action at home against E. O. Coffman on Tuesday night, before wrapping up the pre-Christmas slate at Harpeth on Thursday.

DMS Gets Season Sweep of Whitthorne

Much like in the earlier matchup in Columbia, the Dickson Middle School squads pulled away from Whitthorne in both games on Thursday night, winning in lopsided fashion in front of the home crowd in Dickson.

The Dickson Lady Dragon offense sputtered at first, but once it fired up there was no containing it. Raegan Purvine and Caty Roberts carried the load for Dickson as the Lady Dragons hammered the Lady Tigers 24-0 in the first quarter. Rolanda Edwards hit the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity in the second quarter, but missed the second toss, as a 15-1 second quarter put DMS up 39-1 at the half. Roberts and Purvine each had 10 in the first and 6 more in the second. With the mercy rule in effect in the second half, Dickson won the third 4-0 and the fourth 7-2 for a 50-3 win.

Purvine and Roberts finished with 16 points each as co-MVPs, though 8 players scored for Dickson. Edwards managed all 3 of her team’s points in the loss, and accounted for all but 1 of the points Whitthorne scored all year against the Lady Dragons.

The boys faced a tougher test from an athletic Tiger team that featured two new starters. Kody Pardue dominated the post with 10 points in the first quarter while Darian Burns poured in 4 as Dickson shouldered ahead of Whitthorne 16-7 after one. Things began to click in the second, however, as 7 more from Burns and 4 from Pardue helped a streaky Dragons squad to a 13-3 quarter and a 29-10 lead at the break. Dickson put the game away with a 13-0 third, as Burns and Jacob England each added 4 points while D. J. Stacy nailed a 3 and Pardue hit another bucket. Up 42-10, the Dragons continued to play down the bench, and after making a small run the Tigers did the same. Dickson won a close final frame 16-13, but owned the game 58-23.

Dickson was led by co-MVPs Pardue with 16 and Burns with 15. Stacy and reserve Junior Lewis each had 5 points, as 10 Dragons dented the scorebook. For the Tigers, a total of 7 players scored, led by Arcavius Goodman and Jay Davis with 5 points each and Ronnie Eggleton with 4.

Dickson received word late Thursday afternoon that West Middle School in Tullahoma was forced to cancel this Saturday’s game against DMS because they had too many games on the schedule. The 9-1 DMS squads travel to Charlotte on Monday night, a rematch against the school that gave the Dickson girls their only loss of the year.

DMS Slams Door on Siegel

The last time the Dickson Middle School Lady Dragons took to the court, they lost their first game of the season, a heartbreaker in Dickson against in-county rival Charlotte. The last time the DMS boys played a team from Murfreesboro, they were blindsided by an Oakland squad that looked primed to repeat as state champions.
It seems that Dickson kept those losses as motivation, as the Dragons and Lady Dragons handily swept the Murfreesboro-Siegel Cavaliers and Lady Cavaliers on Tuesday night in front of a packed house at Melton Self Gymnasium.

The Lady Dragons started slowly, letting the bigger Siegel squad assert itself as the Lady Cavaliers led 11-6 after the first quarter. For whatever reason, Dickson ended its slumber in the second quarter, as the Lady Dragons blasted Siegel 41-12 after the first quarter, rolling to a 47-23 win. Game MVP Raegan Purvine tallied 15 points to lead all scorers despite being shut out in the first, while Caty Roberts netted 12 while scoring 2 or more points in each quarter. Nine Lady Dragons scored and all twelve girls got into the game, while only three Lady Cavaliers scored–sixth grader Anna Kate Markham with 9, and eighth graders Taylor Patterson and Morgan Pepelea with 7 points each. Dickson won each of the last three quarters by 7 or more points, led 19-14 at halftime after a 13-3 second quarter, and only allowed more than 3 points once in the final 18 minutes–in the third, when DMS outscored Siegel 17-6.

The Dickson boys seemed to have an easier time against a big, physical Siegel squad that seemed unable to match the speed of the combined Dragon effort. DMS won the first quarter 13-5 and the second 15-5, leading to a comfortable 28-10 halftime cushion. The Dragon coaching staff cycled fresh legs in and out against the wholesale substitutions of the Cavaliers, and Dickson was only outscored in one quarter–the fourth, which was basically a junior varsity frame as both sides emptied the benches. Siegel won the quarter 14-10 but lost the game 55-32.

Dickson was able to send all 15 Dragons into the game by the time all was said and done, and 9 of them scored; only 7 Cavaliers scored in the contest, but only 3 players managed more than 3 points each for the visitors. Joseph Anderson, a towering forward, led the way for Siegel with 10 points, while Tyler Ederman chipped in 9. MVP Chase Edmisson poured in a game-high 18 for the Dragons in the win, including 4 three-pointers, while Darian Burns added 10, D. J. Stacy 7, and Kody Pardue 6. The Dragon defense was exceptional in the win, as Siegel did not get its first field goal until the first minute of the second quarter; the Cavaliers would have just 2 in the entire first half, and only 7 more as the subs flowed in and out in the second half.

Charlotte Hands Lady Dragons First Loss; DMS Boys Roll

The Dragons and Tigers renewed their iconic, decades-long rivalry on Monday night in Dickson, as the two schools squared off in a middle school basketball doubleheader. The two games had extremely different results, however; the Charlotte Lady Tigers handed Dickson Middle its first loss of the year in girls’ basketball, while the DMS boys blew out the Tigers in a game that featured a running clock in the second half.

A slow start tripped up the Lady Dragons, as a Ryann Roberts basket was Dickson’s only first-quarter offense. Three players scored for the Lady Tigers in an 8-2 first, but Roberts and the Lady Dragons surged back with a 17-9 second quarter. Raegan Purvine poured in nine points in the frame, including a bucket with 32 seconds left to give DMS its first lead of the game, and Dickson led 19-17 at the half.

Charlotte again spread the offense around in the third as three Lady Tigers scored, but a Purvine bucket was the only answer Dickson had in another 8-2 Charlotte frame. Down 25-21 going into the fourth, the Lady Dragons managed a three from Roberts, but otherwise the DMS offense ran through Purvine. She managed 6 points in the fourth and 8 of the team’s 11 second-half points, but the Lady Tigers increased their lead with an 11-9 fourth, hanging on for a 36-30 win.

Purvine earned MVP honors with 17 points, while Ryann Roberts had 8 points and Caty Roberts 5. Raegan Hohl led the Lady Tigers with 13 points, while Madison Hayes and Allie Burgess chipped in 10 points. Autumn Burgess added 3 points in the CMS win.

The Dickson boys, on the other hand, rocked the Tigers with a 31-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Chase Edmisson managed a game-high 12 points and 2 threes in the first quarter alone, while MVP Darian Burns added 9 and at least 3 assists. As the second and third team filtered through, Dickson took the second quarter 9-7, with Jacob England supplying a free throw and a three and Cade Purvine adding another longball; Charlotte dented the scoreboard about a minute into the second quarter. Leading 40-7 at the break, Dickson ran the starters back through for a few minutes, with Kody Pardue adding 4 more points to ensure the mercy rule kept the clock moving, then the game proceeded as more of a junior varsity finish. Dickson took the third 5-2, but in the waning seconds of the fourth Charlotte got a special moment. Fifteenth-man Austin Lee got into the game, and the eighth grader got to drain a three for the final points of the game. Charlotte took the fourth 5-4, but Dickson won the game 49-14.

All five starters tallied for DMS, and nine players in all, led by Edmisson’s 12, Burns’ 9, and Pardue’s 8. Jacob England added 7 points in relief. Charlotte had four players score in the game–James Daugherty led the way with 6 points, while J. J. Higgins and Lee each had 3 and Hunter Plaster came off the bench for 2 points.

Dickson will be without a game for 8 days, before hosting the Siegel Middle Cavaliers from the north side of Murfreesboro the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

DMS Sweeps At Wilson

Dickson Middle School’s basketball squads returned triumphant from one of their longest road trips of the year, getting the sweep in Mt. Juliet against longtime rival West Wilson. Both games were competitive, physical, back-and-forth, and were still up for grabs in the fourth quarter, but the Maroon and White teams found a way to grind out wins on the road, with the girls staying unbeaten and the boys recovering from their first loss of the year.

The Lady Dragons got off to a hot start, but when West Wilson went to the bench for size and physicality, the game evened out. Emma Palmer had 5 points off the bench in the first quarter, and the Lady Cats trailed DMS 10-7 after one. Dickson found some breathing room with an 11-5 second quarter, aided by Ryann Roberts’ 5 points including a 3, and Dickson led 21-12 at the break. The West Wilson defense ratcheted up in the second half, however, and Dickson would not manage another double-digit frame. The Lady Cats outscored DMS 6-4 in the third, led by reserve Aaliyah Frazier’s 4 points in the paint, and cut the lead to 25-18. The scrappy Lady Dragons would not be denied their fourth win of the season, however, as Roberts would score a bucket, connect on a free throw, and nail a 3, to negate West Wilson’s offense 6-6 in the fourth and help Dickson to a 31-24 win. Ryann Roberts would earn game MVP honors in the win with her game-high 15 points. Not only was she the only player for either team in double figures offensively, she accounted for all but two of Dickson’s second half points, with her younger sister Caty adding the other two on a third quarter bucket. Caty would finish with 5 points, while Raegan Purvine added 6. Three players finished with 6 points for the Lady Cats–Palmer, Frazier, and Martoia Buchanan.

The boys’ game, however, was a plodding struggle, as two teams tried to play bruising, physical, “big man” basketball while trying to deny the other. The result was a sloppy, ugly contest filled with wacky and sometimes controversial fouls, blocks, turnovers, and awkward offense. Dickson started the game on a 4-0 run as Kody Pardue managed a bucket and Darian Burns chipped in two free throws. That all went out the window quickly, however, as the Wildcats scored 10 unanswered and ended the first up 10-4. The Dragons surged back, but after a couple of lead changes an 8-2 quarter meant a 12-12 halftime score. Business picked up in the third as DMS won the frame 15-10, with the teams scoring more points in that six minute span than in the entire first half. Pardue added two more buckets and a nifty assist on a pass to Burns, while Chase Edmisson added a basket and a three and Burns himself had 4 points. Dickson led 27-22 going into the final frame, but West Wilson threw nearly all they had at a comeback. DJ Stacy led the way for the Dragons in the fourth with a basket and a three, and luckily the Dragons’ nerves and turnovers didn’t result in Wildcat buckets; DMS allowed just two field goals in the fourth and outscored the home side 9-8, to escape with a 36-30 slugfest win.

Stacy tied for the game high of 10 with teammate Pardue. However, Pardue would earn MVP honors, as he was the only Dragon to score in every quarter, and he held a large and imposing post in check defensively; that post, Bryan Aiken, managed just 4 points and one made basket on the night. Burns managed 9 for the Dragons, and Edmisson rounded out the DMS scoring with 7 points. West Wilson was led by J. C. Crawford with 9 points including a first half three, and Mason Koester off the bench with 8.

DMS Squads Destroy Whitthorne

The Dickson Middle School varsity basketball teams had a bit of difficulty finding the Whitthorne Middle School campus on Thursday night. A GPS search would send a person to the mailing address, at the back of the school and the front of nearby Columbia Central High School, instead of the physical address on another street.

Other than that and an egregious amount of fouls, Dickson would have no trouble with its trip to Columbia as both squads rolled to lopsided wins.

The Lady Dragons rolled to a 27-0 lead at the end of the first, buoyed by 12 points from Ryann Roberts and 9 from Raegan Purvine, and Dickson cruised to a 42-2 win over Whitthorne in the opener. A lone free throw from Rolanda Edwards with just a couple of minutes left in the first half put the Lady Tigers on the board, and another by Maddie Fraser late in the half would wrap up the scoring for the home side. The DMS defense would shut out the Lady Tigers in the first, third, and fourth, and would not allow a single made field goal in the 42-2 rout; after a 35-2 halftime lead, the Lady Dragons would score again in the third to trigger the mercy rule, and would manage 5 points in the third and two in the fourth in the win. Game MVP Roberts would finish with 14 points, while Purvine would be the only other player in the game in double figures with 12.

The boys’ game was marred by a constant stream of fouls throughout that slowed down play to a crawl, and affected play by not only taking out several key players for both sides but also potentially causing more fouls as young players were forced to think too much instead of reacting. All of the fouls detracted from the solid performance by the Dragons, who owned every quarter but the fourth offensively.

Darian Burns was limited early, as his up-tempo, physical style of play led to three quick fouls in the first quarter, and extended time on the bench. In his stead, Chase Edmisson stepped up with 11 points in the first quarter alone, including 2 threes and an and-one conversion as DMS won the frame 21-9. Whitthorne big man Bruce Mangrum chipped in 5 points in the first, but foul trouble trimmed his minutes and his effectiveness until the fourth quarter as well. Kody Pardue overcame early issues to carry the Dragons in the second quarter, coming alive on the post and netting 10 of his 12 points in the 20-7 second quarter as Dickson led 41-16 at the break.

Dickson did its heavy lifting in the middle quarters, not allowing a field goal in the second before shutting out the Tigers 15-0 in the third. Normally with the score 56-16 after three with the mercy rule already in effect both teams would empty the benches, but considering the foul situation most of the reserves had already logged consistent minutes, and for Whitthorne their bench only consisted of 4 members. By re-inserting their embattled center Mangrum and finding some success with other players like fellow starter Arcavius Goodman against second and third team defensive units for the Dragons, Columbia-Whitthorne had an impressive 9-0 run to close out the contest, but Dickson won the day 56-25.

Goodman was the only Tiger in double figures with 11, while Mangrum finished with 11. Dickson had 8 players score a point in the game, led by Edmisson’s 14 points and Pardue’s 12. Ethan England and D. J. Stacy each added 7. Consequently only 3 of Dickson’s 14 players finished the game without a foul, while four players had 3 or more fouls on the night.

Dickson Middle hosts Murfreesboro-Oakland Tuesday night, while the Creek Wood Lady Red Hawks open their season Tuesday night at Father Ryan.

Also of note, the Charlotte Middle School girls bear Waverly Junior High 47-14 on Thursday night as well.

Dragons Sweep Rossview to Open Basketball Season

The 2014-15 Dickson Middle School basketball season started off with a bang on Tuesday night as the DMS Dragons and Lady Dragons swept Rossview.

The Lady Dragons trailed early, but Raegan Purvine and Caty Roberts picked up their scoring and carried Dickson to a tight lead. The duo would help stretch that lead out, but a solid second quarter surge from the Lady Hawks made it 17-14 Lady Dragons at the half. Brooklyn Thomason and Jackie Harris each had third quarter buckets as Rossview outscored Dickson 7-6 in the third and trimmed the lead to 23-21 at the end of 3. Bench player Courtney Daniels caught fire in the fourth, scoring 6 of her 8 total points in the final 6 minutes, and the Lady Hawks took over. Rossview took its first lead since it was 8-7 in the first quarter, but a three pointer from Ryann Roberts tied the game, and a K. K. Curtis triple gave DMS a 3-point lead. The Lady Dragons held on down the stretch, and escaped with a 35-31 win.

Caty Roberts earned game MVP honors with a game-high 11 points while Purvine chipped in 9. Daniels led the way with 8 for Rossview, while Harris and Thomason added 6 each.

The Dragon boys’ game was a matchup of mirror images for three quarters, before Dickson put it away in the final minutes. At the end of one quarter, DMS led 11-9, with the Dragons led by Darian Burns’ 10 points and Kody Pardue’s made free throw and the Hawks led by big man Max Leinweber’s 8 points and a Kevonta Talley free throw. After a 7-7 second quarter, both big men had 12 points, a teammate with a three, and another with a made free throw; the only difference in the 18-16 game was a 2 point field goal from Chase Edmisson.

In the third quarter, D. J. Stacy overcame foul trouble to score 9 points for the Dragons as DMS pulled away with a 14-9 frame. And in the fourth, both Leinweber and Burns had just a made free throw each, but that barely factored into the decision. Dickson opened the fourth quarter on a 20-1 run led by Edmisson and Ethan England, and with both sides emptying the bench Dickson won the period 20-3 and the game 52-28.

Leinweber had a game-high 17 points including a made three for Rossview, while his counterpart for Dickson, Burns, managed 16. Stacy earned MVP honors for his 13 points and one made three, all scored in the second half as DMS blitzed the Hawks 34-12. England added 3 longballs while Edmisson added another; both finished with 9 points.

The Dragons, who are playing as an independent without a true basketball conference this season, travel to Columbia-Whitthorne on Thursday night, before returning home Tuesday to host the Murfreesboro-Oakland Chargers.

DMS Rally Runs Out of Gas in Bowl Game

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.

Dragons Slain in Nashville

Very little went according to plan with the Dickson Middle School Dragons’ football game Thursday afternoon at Christ Presbyterian Academy. First of all, the high school squad for CPA had a home game scheduled for the next day, which forced the middle school Lions to the practice field. As the practice field lacked lights, the game had to then be moved to an earlier start, with a goal of 5:00pm instead of the usual 6:30pm. The game was then moved later, to a 5:30pm start, as DMS didn’t think it could get a bus early enough. Surprisingly, they could, but the officials didn’t arrive for a 5:00 start, so the game had a kick off on the fly.

The field lacked a public address system, so there were no line-ups and no national anthem. There was only one small set of bleachers and it was on the CPA side, so the Dragon faithful lined the area behind the DMS reserves with camp chairs. The halftime period was less than 10 minutes long to make sure the game finished before darkness. And perhaps the most shocking difference of all was the play on the field, as the Dragons were thoroughly whipped and took their first loss of the season, 26-0 on the road.

The Lions started the game by converting three straight first downs, keeping the ball mostly on the ground despite being billed as a pass-happy team. CPA got the ball inside the 10, but a penalty for an inelligible man down the field coupled with a second down sack by Ronal Flores pushed the drive backwards. Unfortunately for the Dickson defense, CPA found the end zone with a passing touchdown on fourth and goal, and despite a failed two point conversion the Lions led 6-0 with 3:29 left in the opening frame.

Dickson went three and out on their opening possession, as Colton Harris couldn’t connect with Cody Pardue on a third down pass. Workhorse back Darian Burns punted the ball away, but Triston Corlew hit the return man and caused a fumble. Gage Pontremoli recovered for the Dragons and Dickson was back in business. Unfortunately for DMS, Burns was tackled for a loss on first down, and a Corlew rush was stopped for basically no gain. Another Harris pass was incomplete on third down and a penalty was declined on the play as well, so the Dragons punted again and the Lions broke off a 15 yard run on first down to close out the first.

CPA got another big run on the first play of the second quarter, breaking loose for 13 yards and another first down. The DMS defense stiffened, however, and allowed a gain of just three followed by two incompletions from the mobile CPA quarterback. The home side went for it on fourth and long, but the Dragon defense sacked the quarterback, and set up the offense at the Dickson 41. The Dragons went three and out again and punted, but the offenses had stalled for both teams; CPA fell short of converting another fourth down and gave the ball back to Dickson, but after a penalty made it first and fifteen, the Dragons went three and out with two more incomplete passes. Burns punted again, but the Lions very nearly returned the punt for a huge score. Fortunately for the Dragons, “outrunning the punter” also meant outrunning the ace running back, and Burns wrapped up the open-field runner at the 15 yardline. Two plays later, the Lions found an open man on a slant and scored another touchdown, and with another incomplete two-pointer led 12-0 with just seconds left in the half. Corlew broke free on a completed pass as time expired, but the shifty Dragon was not able to put Dickson on the board before the short halftime break.

Dickson got the ball to start the half, and rushed the ball three straight times, all for losses. After the punt, CPA went on a six play drive that resulted in a 13 yard touchdown on a slant pass, and with a third missed two pointer the Lions led 18-0 with under two minutes left in the third.

The Dragons started the ensuing drive on their own 20, and Harris completed a big pass on the first play that gave DMS its first first down of the game, with 1:20 left in the third. After a four yard rush, however, Harris was picked off at the 13. A five yard rush and a five yard pass gave the Lions first and goal at the three, and rushed for the score on the very next play. CPA committed to the ground game and forced in the two pointer, and extended the lead to 26-0 with 6:17 left in the fourth.

DMS showed signs of life on their next drive, as Sebastin Sweeney rushed for six yards and Harris completed another pass for the Dragons’ second first down of the night. Dickson gave the ball back to workhorse Burns, who hammered off a big run but fumbled the football. CPA recovered with 3:30 left, and rushed four straight times to pick up another first down. On the very next play, the center snapped the ball over his quarterback’s head and the Dragons recovered, but all they had time for was one more rush by Sweeney before the game came to a close.

The Dragons return to action next week against a more traditional foe, Columbia-Whitthorne.