Dickson County running back Clinton Schraeder had two touchdowns
Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
By Lucas Panzica
FAIRVIEW, TN – As the rain continued on a steady drizzle throughout the night, the Fairview Yellow Jackets (7-2) celebrated homecoming by defeating the Dickson County Cougars (1-8) 35-16 on Friday.
Prompted by the steady rushing attack of senior running back Logan Nardozzi, the Yellow Jackets were able to move the ball on their first drive of the game after forcing a Dickson County three-and-out, but a fourth down gamble by head coach Chris Hughes inside the Dickson County 10 yard line fell incomplete.
After another three-and-out by the Dickson County offense, Fairview began its second possession in Dickson County territory and finished it off with a two-yard touchdown run by fullback Brody Cox for a 7-0 lead with three minutes to play in the opening quarter.
Dickson County provided a response, benefitting from a 66-yard kickoff return from Kaden Thomas which set up a 32-yard field goal by Jett Carter. It was a 7-3 Fairview lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets’ ability to produce long, sustained drives was the difference on Friday, as Nardozzi’s first touchdown came on an 11-yard run midway through the second quarter, giving Fairview the 14-3 halftime lead. Nardozzi finished the game with 271 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.
Fairview tacked on two more touchdowns out of the gate in the second half, and the lead seemed insurmountable at 28-3. Dickson County sophomore running back Clinton Schraeder brought a spark however, when he burst down the left sideline for a 94-yard touchdown run with one minute to play in the third quarter, cutting the Fairview lead to 28-10.
“Like we have said all along, Schraeder is an explosive back” said Dickson County head coach Randy Murphree, “he has really been struggling with his quad injury this week but was able to rip off some pretty good runs tonight.
“He also came in and played safety for us after a couple of injuries in the secondary tonight.”
Schraeder’s night was not over, as the Dickson County defense stepped up with a three-and-out and the ball was handed to the sophomore again, who broke free for a 63-yard touchdown run. The failed extra point made the score 28-16 in favor of Fairview early in the fourth quarter. Schraeder finished with six carries for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Nardozzi was able to take over the game for Fairview after the second Schraeder touchdown, along with senior quarterback Anakin King. The duo carried the Yellow Jackets down the field and capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run by Nardozzi. The score became 35-16 with nine minutes to play, and that would be the final as the rain picked up and the clock ran out on Dickson County’s final drive.
Fairview, having already clinched a Region 6-3A championship, will host Stewart County for senior night next Friday, while Dickson County’s final game of the 2019 season will be at Franklin in Region 6-6A.
Murphree was clear on what he wants to see from his team as they conclude the final week of a tough season.
“A full week of preparation by all players, and go out and compete as a team.”