It’s crunch time for Dickson County if it’s to have any chance of reaching the Class 5A state playoffs.
The Cougars (1-4, 0-2) face another key region 7-5A matchup tonight, taking on Rossview as a part of Dickson County’s homecoming festivities.
“They’re not much different than they were last year. Defensively, they’re very athletic and have some big guys up front. They’re a good football team and well coached,” said Dickson County coach Randy Murphree.
The Hawks are coming off a big 42-7 victory against rival Clarksville and are now 2-0 (2-3 overall) in region play. Their other victory came Sept. 2 against Brentwood.
“They had some things fall in to place to beat Brentwood, and we need some of those things to fall our way,” said Murphree.
Isaiah Phillips will lead the offensive charge for Rossview. The running back is averaging 65 rushing yards per game and has five rushing touchdowns so far.
“(He’s) very athletic,” said Murphree.
“He’s a speedy-type back, not really the ground-and-pound type. He likes to give you that illusion that he’s going to hit it inside, and then bounce it outside and try to outrun you. We have be able to set the edge better than the last game, so that’s what we’ve been working on.”
Dickson County lost year’s contest 12-7, and Murphree has expressed that the Cougars will be looking for redemption from last year in front of the homecoming crowd.
“We’ve tried to regain their focus this week about how important this is,” said Murphree.
“We’ve expressed how every week from this week on is a playoff game for us, and how important it is for us to get a win.”
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