In 2015, Creek Wood looked to have the season-opening rivalry showdown against Dickson County sewed up at home. The Cougars were able to rally back in the waning minutes, with time kept on the field, and broke the hearts of Red Hawk nation. In 2016, behind former head coach turned interim coach Chuck Daniel, Creek Wood took the opener at Dickson.
In 2017, former Red Hawk quarterback Houston Thiel made his head coaching debut, and he gave Creek Wood what it had been waiting for–sweet revenge.
Creek Wood reeled off a 12-0 lead to open the contest against their in-county rivals, but mistakes led to every opposing score as Dickson County tied the game at 12-12 before halftime. The Red Hawks answered back to make it 19-12 before the half, and took the life out of the Cougars in a 39-12 bludgeoning that gave CWHS its first ever 2-game win streak in the series.
Dickson County won the opening toss and deferred their decision to the second half. The Red Hawks got the ball first and marched down the field on an 11 play, 90 yard drive, capped off by a 3 yard scoring run by Sam Askins. The point after was blocked, but CWHS had a 6-0 lead with 7:50 left in the first quarter. Dickson County would pick up a first down on its first drive, but the drive stalled with a couple of costly mistakes and the Cougars had to punt. Creek Wood took the ball into the red zone, but Dickson County came away with a fumble recovery. The Cougars would quickly return the favor, and Askins scooped up the fumble and scored from 13 yards out. The point after was again no good, but the Red Hawks were on top 12-0 with 2 minutes left in the first, and the Dickson County sidelines were deathly quiet.
The Cougars drove the ball down the field looking for an answer, but again lost a fumble to Creek Wood. The Red Hawks were unable to cash it in for another score off a turnover, however, and set up to flip the field with a punt. The snap went over the punter’s head, and he kicked it out of bounds for a safety. After the free kick gave DCHS great field position, the Cougars were called for a false start….then unfurled a first-play bomb for a 48 yard passing touchdown from Cole Martin to Tez Coleman. The extra point made it 12-9 CW, but the Red Hawks fumbled on the kickoff and Dickson took the ball away again. That set up a 35 yard field goal, and with about 7 minutes left in the half Dickson County went from down 12 to all square at 12.
After both sides traded punts, Creek Wood got itself back together with a 66 yard drive to effectively end the half, as Timmy Randolph found Garrett Dolinich for a 33 yard strike with 16 seconds left. The extra point was good, and the Red Hawks recovered their own kickoff before grinding down the clock for a 19-12 lead at the half. Dickson County would not score again.
The Cougars made it to their own 23 and their own 18 on their first two drives of the second half; Creek Wood made it to the Dickson 36 but couldn’t coffin-corner the punt on their first drive, but had a 3-play 53-yard drive on its next effort, capped by a 41 yard run by Daniel Davila. The point-after was no good, but the Red Hawks grew their lead to 25-12 with 4:45 left in the third.
With 8:22 left in the fourth, Askins scored on the ground from 20 yards out in the sequence that slammed the door for DCHS. The 2-point try was good making it 33-12, then Dickson County muffed the ensuing kickoff giving Creek Wood the ball right back. The Red Hawks drew 3 penalties on Dickson in the resulting drive, and on what seemed to be an extra down from the goal line punched in the final score of the day, making it 39-12. The try was no good, but a triple-option team is typically not built for a 27-point comeback in 2:45, so the home side was able to salt away a hard fought victory with a second half that left no doubt.
Askins was named player of the game for an all-around performance, with stellar play on special teams, plus a defensive score and two offensive rushing touchdowns. Davila tacked on a score on the ground and Dolinich through the air, but the total team effort for Creek Wood is to be praised. Conversely, the speedy Dickson County squad is left with more questions than answers heading home to face Columbia on Friday. That game will be heard on WDKN 1260 AM with pregame beginning at 6:30 PM.
The undefeated Red Hawks will travel to Ashland City to take on Cheatham County Central. That game will be heard on 101.5 The One FM with pregame starting at 7:00 PM.