It’s been tough sledding so far for the Dickson County Cougars this season, and things don’t get any easier tonight. The Cougars (1-6, 0-4) now travel to Paris to face Henry County, who are co-leaders in Region 7-5A, along with Centennial, with a 4-0 region record (4-2 overall).
Henry County returns the talented running back tandem of Caleb McCutcheon and Lukas Reynolds. Both ran for over 1,000 yards last year, with Reynolds being named the offensive most valuable player last year. Dickson County coach Randy Murphree anticipates that his team will see plenty of the two.
“They’re a power-running football team, and always have been,” said Murphree. “They play good defense. They’re physical, aggressive and big in stature. We’ve definitely got our hands full.”
Murphree was quick to credit Henry County’s success over the past couple of years. The Patriots have an overall record of 39-8 over the past four seasons, including a state championsip in 2013.
“We go against well-coached football teams every week. Henry County’s an established football program, and that’s where we want to be,” said Murphree. “We’ve talked about momentum, and we’re still trying to find it. We have some momentum, but it comes in cycles in high school.”
The Cougars currently sit at the bottom of the region, tied with West Creek at 0-4. The possibility to make the playoffs is still there, but’s very slim. Dickson County would need to win out and need help from others to grab the fourth and final spot from Region 7-5A.
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