Dickson County’s Gavin Meadows runs behind a block from Jaden Roberts
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By Lucas Panzica
DICKSON, TN – On a hot Friday night in Dickson County Stadium, the Dickson County Cougars (1-3, 0-1) edged out the McGavock Raiders (0-4, 0-1) 13-12 in a non-conference matchup for their first win of the season.
McGavock received the opening kickoff and marched down into Dickson County territory with senior Clarence Crawford at quarterback. Despite the early momentum, a miscommunication on a handoff led to a fumble that Dickson County defensive lineman Jaden Roberts recovered, and the Cougars were able to move down the field and take a 3-0 lead with a 35-yard field goal from Jett Carter with 4:54 left in the opening quarter.
From that point, senior Nick Smiley took over as McGavock’s quarterback but struggled to move the ball. Dickson County, with a new-look offense sporting several two-tight end sets, moved the ball well and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Clinton Schraeder for the 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Schraeder finished the game with 88 yards and a score on 13 carries.
“I think Clinton Schraeder showed that he has some big play capability” said Dickson County coach Randy Murphree about his young back.
“He also showed a lot of toughness by playing through a rib injury.”
Taking a 10-0 lead into halftime, the Cougars seemed to be in control throughout the third quarter. Then with seven seconds to play in the third, McGavock running back Michael Bryant broke free at midfield for a 50-yard touchdown run, but a missed extra point by Will Kincaid kept the score at 10-6.
Dickson County’s next drive chewed up over half of the fourth quarter clock, and a 46-yard Jett Carter field goal extended the lead to 13-6 with 4:55 left.
“There’s no doubt he has the leg to hit a 46-yarder because he has hit longer” said Murphree about his kicker.
“The scary part was Brock Holley holding for the first time in a pressure situation, and Brock got it down and got the laces right.”
The ensuing McGavock drive ended with another Michael Bryant touchdown, this one from 14 yards out on fourth and five to make it 13-12 with 3:19 to play. Electing to go for two, an end-around for Deshay Griffin reached the right pylon, but a holding call negated the successful two-point play, and a failed snap on the long extra point kept the score at 13-12.
Looking to ice the game, Dickson County made it down to the McGavock 10-yard line with a 40 yard scamper by Schraeder, but fumbled the football to plays later, giving the Raiders a fighting chance with two minutes to play. The Cougar defense responded, however, and held on for the 13-12 victory.
“I thought our team responded to early week adversity and played a very physical and gutsy game” said Murphree.
Up next, Dickson County heads back into the Region 6-6A gauntlet to host Centennial, while McGavock hits the road to play Smyrna in Region 5-6A.