The in county rivalry between Dickson (0-1) and Creek Wood (1-0) once had an obvious gap between “big brother” and “little brother.” On Friday night the Cougars found out that eventually little brother grows up. Dickson struggled to find any offensive rhythm, outside of a three minute stretch in the second quarter. That offensive slump paired with Creek Wood’s impressive running game led to a shocking 39-12 loss in the season opener.
Creek Wood jumped out early with a four and a half, ten play drive, that covered 65 yards. A blocked extra point gave the Cougars a little momentum before entering their first drive down 6-0. After a short drive and a punt the Red Hawks drove deep into Cougar territory before fumbling on the 13, Dickson recovered but on the first play from scrimmage, Cole Martin’s option pitch sailed high and Sam Askins took the fumble in for another Creek Wood scored. Again the Red Hawks failed to convert the PAT but held a 12-0 lead with just over two minutes left in the first quarter.
The offense finally came alive for the Cougars, Jayden Davis took a handoff 64 yards down to the one yard line just before the end of the quarter. On 3rd and goal, a Dickson touchdown was waved off due to a holding call and on the next play another option pitch found it’s way into the hands of the Red Hawk defense. Backed up in the our territory and going nowhere fast, Creek Wood was forced to punt. The snap was well over the head of Garrett Dollinich who kicked the ball out of the back of the endzone for a safety.
After the free kick, Dickson hit a 48 yard bomb to Tez Coleman drawing the scored within three, 12-9, in the blink of an eye. On the ensuing kickoff, the Cougars recovered a muff which led to a 35 yard Jett Carter field goal that tied the game up midway through the second quarter.
Unfortunately that field goal would be the final points of the game for the Cougars. From there Dickson would only cross midfield twice with the Red Hawks dominating time of possession and the scoreboard. Sam Askins led the way with 175 yards on the ground and crucial scores throughout the game.
The loss is the second straight in the series, it’s the first time the Cougars have dropped two in a row in series history, and the largest loss for Dickson. Dickson still leads the series 6-3.
Dickson will now get ready for a Friday night date with annual opponent Columbia at 7pm on WDKN 1260 AM.