CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.— The start of the Rossview’s homecoming game might as well have posted a warning for both teams that the ball would be slippery when wet.
Rossview (4-2, 1-2 7-5A) defeated Dickson County (2-4, 0-3) 12-7 Friday night for the first time as part of the Hawks’ very wet homecoming celebration.
“We needed a win bad in the region,” said Rossview coach Ron Lambert. “I think we got one against a good team.”
Scattered showers hovered over Rossview’s field from 30 minutes prior to the game through the second quarter, causing the Hawks to ground much of their attempts during that period and keeping both squads from having a firm handle on the ball.
Dickson County was the sloppier of the two, but it was Rossview’s defensive efforts that led to the Cougars’ two fumbles and five interceptions.
“I fired everybody after last week to be honest with you,” Lambert said. “We needed the change. We hadn’t been really good at stopping the run. I thought we did really good at stopping the run tonight.”
Within the first four minutes there were two fumbles, including a near turnover that bounced, slipped and rolled its way to the 15.
Rain prevented much action for the first two quarters but Rossview had success defensively. That unit had two breakaway touchdown runs, only for both to be called back on a penalty.
Even with subsiding rainfall, the third quarter was much of the same story until quarterback Jordan Justice was able to carry the ball into the end zone for the 12 yard score with just seconds left on the clock.
The Hawks followed it up with another touchdown just minutes later from Cardavious Davis. Dickson County’s lone score of the night came on a 7-yard run by Jacob Murphree.
Rossview travels to Henry County next week.
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