DICKSON — It was a big game Friday night for Dickson County High junior Otis Gerron as he led the Cougars with 166 yards rushing and three touchdowns in Friday night’s 49-14 win over Creek Wood.
Big plays highlighted Dickson County’s offense during the first half against CW.
The Cougars coughed up a fumble early in the first, but then came back on their next possession and scored off an 80-yard TD run by Gerron, who would pile up over 100 yards by half time.
The slow start was a good learning experience this early in the season Cougars head coach Troy Williams pointed out after the game.
“We fumbled the first snap. We got to take care of business on the first play, and we haven’t done that in scrimmages or in this game,” the coach said. “It’s important to put points on the board early and it helps our defense, helps everything flow…we got to remember that.”
The Red Hawks didn’t stay down for long as sophomore quarterback Ian Spence steadily led his team down the field on their next drive. It was capped by a 6-yard run by Spence for a CW touchdown with 1:17 left in the opening quarter. He also added the PAT to tie the game 7-7.
The Cougars wasted no time getting back on the scoreboard ,and a 46-yard pass from quarterback Luke Humphreys to Ryan Keeny on the second play of the drive put DC back on top. Mitch Mersman put up his second PAT of the night, and the home team took a 14-7 lead.
Dickson County looked to keep that momentum going in the second quarter, but Creek Wood’s defense stepped up early with Brandon Phillips chasing down Humphreys for a sack and a twelve-yard loss. The Cougars would go on to punt, but they would be back in scoring position soon enough.
Dickson County continued to control the rhythm up to the half with Andy Smith scoring on a 33-yard run with 3:19 on the clock. Mersman was perfect again with a third PAT. Then with 10 seconds left in the second, Humphreys rolled into the end zone on an 11-yard keeper for another DC touchdown. Mersman made it a 28-7 game with his PAT.
With less than 10 seconds left before halftime, CW took a knee and headed to the locker room.
In the third, Creek Wood looked eager to battle their way back on the scoreboard, but DC had the ball first and back-to-back first downs led to Gerron scoring on a 19-yard run.
Dickson’s defense would force and recover a Creek Wood fumble, and the Cougars would convert that opportunity into another 6 points as Gerron earned a third TD off an 8-yard run.
Up 42-7, DC was firmly in control of the game as the clock began to wind down quick. The Cougars would score one more time in the fourth with a 4-yard TD run by Kendall Morris.
With 15 seconds left in regulation, Creek Wood’s Rob McDonald scored on a 12-yard run.