Dickson County saw it’s chances for a possible playoff spot coming out Region 7-5A take a big hit, as they were trounced by Brentwood 45-26 Friday night. The loss put the Cougars at 0-2 (1-4 overall) in region play.
Here’s a couple of key things to take away from the game.
Looking for stops: Dickson County’s passing offense was once again the bread and butter that helped the Cougars carve up Brentwood (2-3, 1-1).
Defensively, however, it was another long night for the Cougars as they struggled to defend the run, giving up 273 yards on the ground. They were able to make a few stops, but not enough to slow down the Bruins. Matthew Phillips accounted for 165 of those yards and scored four times.
“I thought we had a good start offensively,” said Dickson County coach Randy Murphree.
“We struggled defending the run game, but the first half we had some stops. I went in at halftime and talked about how many stops we had. We’re looking for three-to-four stops and a turnover. If we can create those situations, it gives us an opportunity to win with the offense that we have.”
Dueling quarterbacks: Jacob Murphree once again had a solid night, completing 27 of his 44 passes and throwing for 353 yards with a pair of scores. It was the bruising tandem of Carson Shacklett and Kaden Drier, who had 100 rushing yards combined, that caused the Cougars more problems.
“They had a good scheme,” said Randy Murphree.
“They have a quarterback that outweights most of our defensive lineman.”
Sack lunch: Despite Jacob Murphree’s successful passing game, it wasn’t an easy night for the senior as he was sacked eight times.
Not out of it yet: The Cougars drop to 0-2 in the region, which means they might have to win out to stay alive in the playoff hunt. The good news is they’ll have plenty of chances, as all five of their remaining games are region games
Other scores: Lipscomb Academy 55 Creek Wood 34
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