Dickson County defensive end Tre’vonn Rybka brings down Centennial running back Desmond Smith in the first half of Friday’s game
Photo: Howard Abell/MidTennSports
By Lucas Panzica
DICKSON, TN – It was a battle of the Cougars on Friday night in Dickson County Stadium, as Dickson County and Centennial played a Region 6-6A matchup that saw Centennial (2-3, 1-2) get 21-7 road win over Coach Randy Murphree’s Dickson County Cougars (1-4, 0-2).
In a great home atmosphere, Dickson County saw a spark early on when senior safety Jacob Fowler intercepted Grayson Marcel’s pass on a tipped ball on just the second play from scrimmage, putting his team in plus territory with a chance to open up the scoring.
“I thought defensively we came out and had a good game plan” said Murphree, “our guys executed well up front, you’ve got to have the other side to step up and at least run clock or put one in.”
Despite doing enough defensively, Dickson struggled to move the ball on Friday. After the interception, Jett Carter’s missed 41-yard field goal was negated by a running into the kicker penalty, but Dickson County could not convert on a fourth and short gamble.
After getting the ball back, Centennial marched down inside the Dickson County five-yard line, helped by a 21-yard scamper from senior running back Desmond Smith. Smith left the game injured at the end of the run and would not return, but senior Zay Pickens stepped in to finish the job from three yards out, his first of two touchdowns on the night with just over five minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Each team committed three turnovers on the night, leveling out the margin, and Centennial was able to double the lead from another Pickens touchdown in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
It was a two-touchdown lead at halftime, but Dickson County pieced together a successful drive to open the second half, including a 30-yard catch-and-run by Kentucky defensive end commit Tre’vonn Rybka on a screen pass. The drive stalled out however, ending in another missed field goal from Carter.
“They know we’re going to have to grind out wins, grind out games” said Murphree about his offense.
“We’re not going to blow people out, we’re just lacking some of the skill guys and the execution is just not there to make that happen.”
Despite racking up over 15 penalties on the night, Centennial would score on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Marcel to Jacob Girolami with four minutes to play in the third quarter for a 21-0 lead.
Dickson County was able to score some consolation points at the end of the night, driving the ball 90 yards in just 59 seconds for Clinton Schraeder to score on the final play of the game, making it a 21-7 final. The sophomore running back carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a score.
Up next, Dickson County steps back out of conference play, heading to Clarksville to take on the Rossview Hawks.