Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
DICKSON, TN- The Dickson County Cougars grinded out a 10-0 win over the Creek Wood Red Hawks on Friday night, but the football that was played was not the most important thing that happened on the field at Dickson County stadium.
Before the game, law enforcement from all over Dickson County lined the track, and hundreds of officers and first responders stood on the field to honor the fallen Sergeant Daniel Baker. Sergeant Baker was killed in action in May, and his wife Lisa and young daughter Meredith were honored on the field Friday as well. The family was presented with a framed jersey with the number “95”, Sergeant Baker’s badge number. The presentation even included a helicopter flyover.
While the focus was on recognizing the fallen Sergeant and his family, there was still football to be played.
Creek Wood started the first drive of the game with a fumble, which turned into a common theme for the Red Hawks on Friday. Coach Houston Thiel’s team put the ball on the ground several times, four of them were recovered by Dickson County.
After recovering the first fumble, Dickson marched down the field and punched in a 2-yard touchdown run from Darian Burns. Burns was the Manhattan Trophies Player of the Game, finishing with 56 yards and the lone score.
Kicker Jett Carter added a 41-yard field goal for the Cougars in the second quarter to make it 10-0, which would end up being the final score. Head coach and defensive coordinator Randy Murphree’s unit held strong, pitching a shutout despite the Red Hawks making four different trips inside the Dickson 5-yard line. Creek Wood had a final chance on a fourth down in the fourth quarter deep in Dickson territory, and defensive end Trevonn Rybka brought down Creek Wood senior Garrett Stansberry behind the line of scrimmage to seal it.
Creek Wood went into the game with a second string quarterback in sophomore Elijah Donaldson, who was replacing the injured Timmy Randolph, and the Red Hawks ended the game with wide receiver and defensive back Mitch Duke taking the snaps at quarterback as Donaldson left the game with an injury. The Red Hawks had two touchdowns called back as well due to penalties, including a 55-yard run by Garrett Stansberry. Stansberry was the Creek Wood Player of the Game with five rushes for 42 yards.
Friday was the tenth time the cross-county rivals have met, Dickson County now leads the series 7-3.
The Cougars are on the road for week 2, playing at Columbia High School. Creek Wood returns home for a matchup with Cheatham County.