Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
The 2018 homecoming tour continued on Friday night, as Dickson County traveled to Brentwood to play the Ravenwood Raptors. The Cougars (3-4, 0-3) got off to a slow start and fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, as the dynamic Raptors (6-1, 3-1) ran away to a 41-3 win.
Dickson County received the opening kickoff, but two false starts stalled the opening drive and forced a 3-and-out. After a good punt return, Ravenwood was able to set up shop in Dickson County territory and scored on just their second play from scrimmage as quarterback Brian Garcia found wide receiver Anthony Holmes for a 20-yard touchdown.
The Cougars were able to move the ball behind the legs of senior Darian Burns, who finished with 61 yards on 10 carries. However, the Raptors defense stepped up nearly every time the Cougars crossed midfield. Midway through the second quarter Garcia hit receiver Andrew Mason for a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown to make the score 20-3.
The Cougars responded, putting together their best drive of the night going from the Dickson County 20 down to the Ravenwood 12, but had to settle for a Jett Carter 30-yard field goal that made the score 20-3.
Garcia was able to find Mason again for a 15-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining in the first half, and the score at the break was 27-3. After halftime, Brian Garcia scored his fourth passing touchdown of the night with an 18-yard strike to Anthony Holmes, and then scrambled in for a 3-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-3.
Dickson County had a better second half, playing with more energy and tackling better. Junior linebacker Gavin Meadows led the way, tied for a team lead with 7 tackles. Meadows is the Manhattan Trophies Player of the Game.
It wasn’t all negative for the Cougars, who got to play some younger players towards the end. Including freshman quarterback Jacob Dooley, who only attempted one pass that fell incomplete, but it was the most game action for Dooley in 2018.
Dickson County heads into a bye week at 3-4 overall, and 0-3 in the region. Another region matchup on the road looms, as the Cougars head to Independence next on October 12.