DICKSON, TN – It was a career night for sophomore running back Christian Biggers as the Columbia Central Lions (2-0) beat the Dickson County Cougars (0-2) 21-0 at Dickson County Stadium on Friday night.
A 69-yard punt return by Blake Simmons opened up the scoring for Columbia in the first quarter before the Lion offense took the field. But in the first series, Biggers broke free on a 55-yard run to get inside the Dickson County 10. From there, the sophomore punched in a touchdown from four yards out on his way to a career high 17-carry, 167-yard performance.
“He’s one of the focal points on offense for us,” said Columbia coach Jason Hoath. “He’s done a much better job this year of making his cuts and getting north and south and really pouring it in.”
Columbia’s final score came midway through the third quarter, when quarterback Dane Sykes connected with receiver Steven Kinnard on a 15-yard score to make it 21-0.
For Dickson County, it was the second consecutive scoreless game. But coach Randy Murphree saw progress from his sophomore quarterback Jacob Dooley.
“The competitor that Jacob is, he gets frustrated” said Murphree. “Like I told him, ‘I got your back, you’re our quarterback, we’re going to be patient with you.’
“It’s not an easy job when you drop back to pass, and you’ve got guys coming at you.”
Dooley was 16-of-21 for 59 yards in his second career start but was under pressure from the experienced Columbia Central defensive line all night, as senior defensive tackle Keelan Littlejohn sacked Dooley twice in the second half.
Friday night marked the 47th annual matchup between Columbia Central and Dickson County, a rivalry that goes back to 1972.
Next Friday, both teams will dive into region play as Columbia Central heads to Summit in 5-5A, and Dickson County travels to Brentwood for the first 6-6A game of the 2019 season.