On Thursday night, the Dickson Middle School Dragons were the homecoming opponents for the West Wilson Middle School Wildcats in Lebanon/Mt. Juliet. The physical Wildcat defense and special teams made sure the Dragons didn’t spoil the party, as West Wilson blanked DMS 20-0.
The prior week, Spring Hill recovered an onsides kick on the opening kickoff against the Dragons, and kept Dickson from establishing a rhythm early on. West Wilson followed the same script Thursday night, opening the game by recovering the onsides kickoff against DMS; the Wildcats would keep the ball for 6:01 of the opening 8-minute quarter, scoring a rushing touchdown and adding a two-point conversion through the air. Dickson had less than two minutes left in the first quarter, had not run a play yet, and was already down 8-0.
Between an efficient, steady offense and a bruising defense, Dickson was held to just six offensive plays in the entire first half–a pair of three-and-outs. After WWMS capped off another drive with a long pass play down to the one foot line followed by a quarterback sneak for a touchdown, Dickson stood up the two point try at the goal line, and seemed to find new life on the kickoff. Demontez Coleman ran the kick back about 95 yards for a Dragon touchdown, but a flag on the play negated the score and set up the Dragons at their own 25. DMS stalled on its second drive, and that penalty may have stopped any momentum Dickson tried to gather in the first half.
The Dragon offense sputtered and went backwards early in the third, but found some momentum and a few first downs late in the third and into the fourth quarter. However, the battle-tested Dragon defense could only hold back the Wildcat offensive machine for so long, until a misdirection handoff worked to perfection for West Wilson. The Wildcat tailback galloped in for the final score of the game, making it 20-0. Dickson did get another solid play on special teams after the score, however, as game MVP Myles Holmes got a piece of the extra point try and helped block the kick, to keep the score at 20.
Unfortunately, fumbles, penalties, and a three-score hole proved too much to overcome for the Dragons, and the black-clad Blue and Gold got to celebrate on homecoming night. Dickson falls to 2-2 on the season with 3 more games on the season; the Dragons travel to Lewisburg next Thursday.