By Lucas Panzica
FRANKLIN, TN – Friday night closed the book on the 2019 season for the Dickson County Cougars (1-9, 0-5 6-6A) as they traveled to the Franklin Rebels (5-5, 2-3 6-6A), who stamped their ticket to the postseason with a 39-0 shutout win.
It didn’t take long for the fireworks to start, as Franklin senior Guy Lipscomb took the opening kickoff 97 yards to open up the scoring at 7-0 less than 20 seconds into the game. It was the first of Lipscomb’s three touchdowns on the night, which brought his total to 13 on the season.
A slow start from Dickson County’s offense with three straight three-and-outs allowed the Rebels to start their next two drives inside Dickson County territory, and Coach Donnie Webb’s team took advantage. Quarterback Connor Beavon found Christian Clementi for a 12-yard score, and the lead became 15-0 midway through the first quarter when holder Josh Nichols bobbled the snap on the extra point, but kicker Ian Burr recovered it to find a wide open Carson Repass in the end zone for the inadvertent two-point play.
A Guy Lipscomb five-yard touchdown and 24-yard Ian Burr field goal had the score at 25-0 with four minutes to play in the second quarter, but Dickson County was able to find a spark before the halftime break. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Dooley provided the most explosive play of the night with a 32-yard run on a read option, putting the ball into Franklin territory. Dooley finished seven of 15 passing for 43 yards, but the Cougars were unable to score and took the 25-point deficit into halftime.
“I thought we played hard all night” said Dickson County head coach Randy Murphree, “defensively I thought we came out, played physical and ran to the football well. Offensively we struggled up front the first half.”
Dickson County slightly improved on the ground game in the second half, as junior Kaden Thomas took over running back duties and finished with 61 yards on 13 carries.
Lipscomb scored his third and final touchdown of the night from five yards with 4:30 to play in the third quarter after a long, sustained drive, and it was 32-0. Ashton Orton added the final score with a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the final 39-0.
Despite the lack of points, Murphree was impressed with the poise his young quarterback showed.
“The second half Jacob Dooley settled in and completed some short passes and took some shots deep. I really felt like he took a big step forward of staying in the pocket and playing with more confidence.”
It was also the final game of the season for several Dickson County seniors, as the Cougars finish the 2019 at 1-9.
“I’m proud of how our seniors fought through adversity” said Murphree, “we had a few seniors that came out at contributed to our team this season.
“I hope they can take all the experiences from the last four years to make them better citizens, husbands, and fathers.”