CLARKSVILLE, TN – If there were any bad feelings for Dickson County lingering from the 56-7 loss at the hands of Brentwood last week, it certainly did not show on Friday night. The Cougars went to West Creek High School and beat the Coyotes 31-12 behind Gage Pontremoli and the high-powered Dickson County offense.
“We’re excited for the kids,” said Dickson County Coach Randy Murphree, “we’ve talked about the flip side of it, where we were 11 months ago, being able to learn from what took place.”
11 months ago, Dickson County was finishing the 2017 season with a 1-9 record. Now, heading into week 4, the Cougars are sitting at 3-1. Coach Murphree went head-to-head with his former teammate and classmate at Austin Peay, James Figueroa, who is the head coach of the Coyotes.
“He’s a great guy,” said Coach Murphree with a grin on his face, “we pretty much ruled Austin Peay over there.”
After trading possessions in the first quarter, the Cougars scored first on an 11-yard touchdown to Conner Stewart thrown by Gage Pontremoli to make it 7-0. Midway through the second quarter, Dickson County doubled the lead with a 22-yard toss from Pontremoli to Tristen Corlew to make it 14-0. Gage Pontremoli was 14 for 19 passing, with 209 yards and 3 touchdowns on Friday.
“Gage is a calm individual,” said Coach Murphree, “he’s not too high, not too low. He’s continually made good decisions for us every game.”
All three of Pontremoli’s touchdowns came in the first half, and he saved the best for last, finding Conner Stewart on a deep ball for a 49-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 with 2:45 remaining in the second quarter. Stewart finished the game with 5 catches for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In the second half, an 86-yard touchdown catch-and-run by Tristen Corlew was called back to the 4-yard line due to penalty, but the Cougars then built a 96-yard drive capitalized by a 1-yard touchdown run from Darian Burns that made it 28-0.
Jett Carter added a 33-yard field goal, and West Creek mustered a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter on reverses to Walter Batey, but failed the 2-point conversion attempt on each one and the game was over at 31-12.
Defensively, the Coyotes went in with junior running back Yahsir Thomas who had averaged 156 yars per game through the first three weeks, but he was held to 43 yards on the ground and defensive lineman Trevonn Rybka led the way defensively with 11 tackles, 2 TFLs, and 2 sacks.
The Cougars are 3-1, but 0-1 in Region 6-6A with a matchup at Centennial next Friday.
“Like we said earlier, this is the SEC of high school football in 6A,” said Coach Murphree, “its one of the best, week in and week out.”
Dickson vs Centennial will be broadcasted on WDKN 1260 AM and the WDKN app.