Dickson County senior wideout Jacob Osgood evades a Rossview tackler
Photo: Marty Allison/DicksonSportsMedia
By Lucas Panzica
CLARKSVILLE, TN – The 2019 Dickson County homecoming tour kicked off on Friday night, as the Cougars stepped out of conference to play the Rossview Hawks on the road. Rossview (4-2, 1-1) beat Dickson County (1-5, 0-2) 39-10 in front of a packed homecoming crowd.
For Dickson County, it was another fast start on defense, forcing a quick three-and-out. The Cougars got the ball back and were able to move into Rossview territory, but had to punt it back to the Hawks, and senior transfer quarterback Gabe Sibert went to work.
The former Northwest signal-caller drove his new team quickly down the field, and running back Diivonte Phillips opened up the scoring with an 11-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. As Dickson County’s offensive struggles continued, Sibert threw his first touchdown pass on the night from five yards to Ryan Pedigo, and the two-point conversion was good to build a 15-0 Rossview lead at the end of the opening quarter.
After another Dickson County three-and-out, the Cougars punted the ball and during Alshon Davis’ reception, it appeared to touch the senior’s hands and was picked up by Jacob Fowler, who was off and running to the end zone. Despite the Dickson County sideline’s protests, it was ruled that Davis did not touch the football and Rossview took over, driving down the field to add a 30-yard Aaron Pardo field goal with 3:50 left in the first half to make it 18-0.
The Cougars sported an old-school, smoke-stack look at times in the first half, with three backs lined up behind quarterback Jacob Dooley, and Kentucky commit Tre’vonn Rybka took a handoff and pushed the pile 24 yards to midfield, but that would be the Cougars’ most explosive offensive play of the first half. Another Rossview touchdown thrown by Sibert to Aaron Bolster would make it a 25-0 halftime score. Sibert would finish 10 for 17 passing with 107 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 56 yards and two scores on the ground.
“We were flat offensively in the first half” said Dickson County head coach Randy Murphree, “Coach (Frankie) King challenged our offensive line at halftime.”
The Cougar offense improved in the third quarter after Rossview took a 32-0 lead on an eight yard Sibert run. Sophomore running back Clinton Schraeder hit the left edge for a 73-yard dash to the goal line, where quarterback Jacob Dooley punched it in with a quarterback sneak. Senior kicker Jett Carter added a 42-yard field goal as well at the start of the fourth quarter. Schraeder was the most productive offense player on the night thanks to the long run, finishing with 62 yards on eight carries.
Rossview would score one more as Phillips found the end zone for the second time from two yards, and the final score in Clarksville was 39-10 in favor of the Hawks.
Murphree saw positives from his young team as they continue to develop, after the challenge from his offensive coordinator at the break.
“I feel like they responded for the most part” said Murprhee, “Jacob Dooley, Jacob Osgood, and Enock Terlecki seemed to get better as the night went on.”
Up next, Dickson County returns home for homecoming against the Ravenwood Raptors in Region 6-6A.