DICKSON — The Dickson County High Cougar football team proved one thing during Friday night’s home game with Kenwood — persistence pays off.
After jumping out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and then giving up 12 points in the final two minutes of the second, Dickson County came out in the second half and powered to a 42-26 win over the Knights.
The Cougars remain undefeated at 4-0 overall and improve to 2-0 in 10-AAA while Kenwood slips to 1-3 and 0-2 in the district.
Once again, the running game was the fuel for Dickson County’s offense with Otis Gerron leading the way. He rushed for 120 yards and four touchdowns. Joseph Lombardo also brought some extra steam to the Cougars with 77 yards on the ground and two rushing TDs.
Kenwood countered with a dangerous air attack. Quarterback Malcolm Perry completed 11-of-14 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. His prime targets were Maleek Hall (18 and 11-yard TD passes) and Trent McLauren (50-yard TD pass).
“They have good enough athletes where they’re going to take advantage of you,” Dickson County coach Troy Williams said. “And they did that. We let up…in the first half and they took advantage of it.”
The coach was proud of how his team fought back into the game after the half.
“They stayed after it and got better. If they can do that through a game, keep hitting them and keep going after it…the final is going to be good.”
The Cougars looked every bit the 3-0 powerhouse in the first quarter against Kenwood, putting up 14 points in the first nine minutes.
Set up by a big tackle by Mitch Mersman on a fake Kenwood punt, Joseph Lombardo scored on a 29-yard run with 8:40 on the clock.
Otis Gerron would tip a Kenwood pass on their next possession and Mersman would snag the ball for an interception for a turnover. Gerron would go on to score on a 7-yard run. Jacob Williams was good for both extra point kicks, and the Cougars took a 14-0 lead.
The Knights still had plenty of fight though and proved it by coming back to score twice in the second quarter. Michael Sutherland scored on an 11-yard run with 38 seconds left in the half.
Jamaria Patterson would intercept a DC pass to give Kenwood another shot at the end zone as the clock ticked down to 11.5 seconds. Maleek Hall would score next for Kenwood, pulling down an 18-yard pass from Perry.
The Knights failed to convert on either conversion attempt, but it was obvious that Kenwood was still in the game.
Despite their opponents surge up the scoreboard, the Cougars roared back to life in the third quarter with two more touchdowns: Gerron on 17 and eight-yard runs. Kenwood continued to keep it close with Perry finding Hall again on an 11-yard TD pass. Perry scored on the conversion and closed the gap to 28-20.
In the fourth, Lombardo and Gerron would fight their way into the end zone for two more TDs. Williams added the PATs. McLauren would add the final score of the game, the deep pass from Hall.