DICKSON—It was a beautiful night in front of a packed homecoming crowd at Dickson County Stadium last Friday night, as fans gathered to watch the Dickson County Cougars play host to the high-powered Ravenwood Raptors in a 6-6A battle.
The Raptors were without suspended head coach Matt Daniels, but it did not have an impact as the quick-strike offense led by quarterback Brian Garcia allowed Ravenwood (5-1) to run away with a 70-6 blowout of Dickson County (1-6).
"You know our guys, there's just a difference in talent level and experience of playing together" said Dickson County coach Randy Murphree. "It was evident on the field tonight."
The fireworks started early, as Garcia connected with Rice commitment Andrew Mason on a 57-yard touchdown pass to open up a 7-0 lead on the first play from scrimmage. On Dickson County's first possession, a three-and-out was followed by a bobbled punt kicked out of the back of the end zone by punter Jett Carter, which resulted in a safety and an early 9-0 Ravenwood lead.
It took 39 more seconds of game time for Ravenwood to score again, taking the punt after the safety and marching down for a 10-yard touchdown thrown by Garcia to Ross Johnston for a 15-0 lead. Garcia was perfect on the night, completing 9-of-9 passing for 221 yards and four touchdowns in less than two quarters of action.
Running back Tony Rice added a rushing and receiving score before the first quarter was over, as Dickson County struggled to get anything going offensively. The Cougars were able to string together a couple of first downs early in the second quarter, but an interception returned 43 yards for a touchdown by highly touted linebacker prospect Reggie Grimes ended the drive and gave Ravenwood a 43-0 lead.
The score was 64-0 at halftime, and for the home team, it was all about getting young players reps for the future.
"We played a lot of younger guys, and played a couple freshmen" said Murphree. "It's all experience that can carry over to next year."
Dickson County got on the board in the second half, as the Cougars recovered a fumble on the Ravenwood 17-yard line, and senior running back Gavin Meadows scored his first career touchdown from 11 yards out.
The running second-half clock came to an end, and Ravenwood turned its attention to a non-conference road game at Christ Preparatory Academy on Thursday, while Dickson County has a bye week before it will return home for senior night against Independence.