LA VERGNE – Dickson County made sure La Vergne’s playoff chances dwindled away Friday night as the Cougars defeated the Wolverines 44-34.
It was an aerial show in the first half as both quarterbacks, Austin Morris and Colbey Lamberth, combine for over 300 passing yards.
La Vergne, however, had three turnovers in the first half and four for the game but was still in the game near the end of the first half at 27-20 when they kicked off to the Cougars.
Damarcus Springer retrieved the kick, found a seam, got a block raced over the midfield stripe and went to the end zone. When he got there, the first half horn went off and the Cougars took a two-score lead, 34-20, into the break.
"We just needed to cover the kick, and if we could have done that it would have been a different ball game," La Vergne coach Mike Woodward said. "Turnovers have been a problem for us all year long. Our backs, David Waters, Trai Howard and Morris ran the ball hard tonight."
La Vergne came out with the opening possession of the third quarter, and Waters was ready as he rushed for 56 yards of a 70-yard drive that cut the Cougars lead to 34-27 in just four minutes.
However, Dickson County would not be denied, finishing off the game by outscoring the Wolverines 10-7.
"Our guys really stepped up," Dickson County coach Greg Burns said. "We had two freshmen and a sophomore on the offensive line. Isaiah Daniel, Brodie Caruthers, Trevor Ashworth stepped up, and Sam Parish at defensive end was good as well. Our pass protection and play in the pocket was unbelievable."
Dickson County got two more scores as Don Dunning took the ball in from 27 yards, and Austin Morris banged in a 24-yard field goal that was set up by an interception by Douglas Ultsch.
La Vergne cut the lead to 10, on a two yard pass from Morris to Terrell Smith, who had eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wolverines tried an onside kick, but the Cougars recovered and ran out the clock to snap 21-game losing streak dating back to 2019.