DICKSON, TN – The Dickson County Cougars opened up Region 6-6A play Friday night, and it was a long night for Randy Murphree and his team, despite the game only lasting just over two hours.
Defending region champs Brentwood came to town for their first road game of the year, and took out the frustrations of a 27-24 loss to Cane Ridge the previous week, beating the Cougars 56-7 in Dickson County Stadium.
“They know they didn’t play well” said Coach Murphree, “Brentwood is a great football team. Coach Crawford does a great job and always has.”
The Bruins opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run by Jordan Nicholas in the first quarter, and extended the lead to 14-0 with a 28-yard touchdown on a screen from quarterback Cade Granzow to junior wide receiver Chayce Bishop.
Dickson County provided a spark in the second quarter, however, when Gage Pontremoli connected with Conner Stewart on a 64-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 14-7. Stewart finished the game with 2 catches for 72 yards and a score, and led the team with 14 total tackles on defense.
“It was a great pass by Gage” said Stewart, “I just caught it and took off.”
The spark flamed out quickly, as Brentwood responded with a quick touchdown drive and running back Jordan Nicholas scored his second touchdown of the night with a 24-yard run. Nicholas finished the game with 93 yards and 2 touchdowns on 8 carries.
Dickson County senior wide receiver Tristen Corlew
Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
On the ensuing Brentwood drive, the Bruins marched down the field again and capped it off with a 14-yard touchdown run by senior running back Michael Burke to make it 28-7. Things went from bad to worse for the Cougars before halftime, on the final snap of the first half, Pontremoli mishandled the snap and Brentwood recovered the ball in the Dickson County end zone to make it 35-7 going into the break.
“Those are the most deflating plays” said Murphree, “those are the really cheap ones.”
By halfway through the third quarter, Brentwood starters were off the field and there was a running clock after the Bruins took a 4 touchdown lead. 3 more Brentwood touchdowns took the score to 56-7, and that was the final. Dickson County was only able to muster 58 rush yards on a defense that allowed over 300 yards on the ground to Cane Ridge in week 2, sophomore running back Drequan Vaughn finished as the leader for the Cougars with 61 yards on 8 carries.
Injuries were an issue all night long for Dickson County, several players were helped off the field, including senior wide receiver and defensive back, and defensive end Trevonn Rybka.
Next week, Dickson County steps bout of Region 6 for a road game at West Creek, and an opportunity to regroup after a tough loss.