Lone Grove quarterback Jacob McClennahan ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more in the Longhorns’ 48-14 victory over the Dickson Comets at Ernest Moore Field. The win keeps Lone Grove’s slim playoff hopes alive with one week to go in the regular season.


Lone Grove quarterback Jacob McClennahan ran for three touchdowns and threw for three more in the Longhorns’ 48-14 victory over the Dickson Comets at Ernest Moore Field. The win keeps Lone Grove’s slim playoff hopes alive with one week to go in the regular season.

The Longhorns (4-5, 2-3 in District 3A-2), rolled for 491 offensive yards while holding the Comets to a mere 37 yards. McClennahan finished with 156 rushing yards on 10 carries, and tailback Dalton Keeton rushed 23 times for 159 yards and one touchdown. The Dickson offense never came close to scoring with both the Comet touchdowns coming courtesy of the defense.

Lone Grove went up 7-0 on its first possession when McClennahan found Calvin Helmers on a 33-yard touchdown pass play. On their next possession, the Longhorns began at the Comets’ 48-yard line. McClennahan broke free around the left end and raced 48 yards for a touchdown to give Lone Grove a 14-0 lead 5 minutes into the game.

Dickson (1-7, 0-5), took advantage of the Horns’ mistakes to score its two touchdowns. Lone Grove drove to the Comet 5-yard line where a Dalton Keeton fumble was picked up by Dickson’s Justin Walker, who returned it all the way 95 yards for the score. On the next Longhorn possession, a swing pass by McClannahan was picked by Dickson’s Tyler Peoples at mid-field. Peoples ran it down the sideline 50 yards to knot the game at 14-all, 14 seconds into the second quarter.  

“Those were our first defensive scores of the year,” Dickson coach Mitchell Crittenden said. “That was the biggest positive we can take from the game. Offensively, we struggled trying to move the football. We just couldn’t come up with any answers to Lone Grove’s stout defense.”

After the two sobering Dickson touchdowns scored against the Longhorn offense, Lone Grove settled down and put the game away by intermission. The ‘Horns scored touchdowns on their next four possessions while the Longhorn defense forced three-and-out on the next three Comet possessions. Dickson managed their first first-down with just under 10 seconds remaining before halftime.

The next three Lone Grove drives used five plays each. McClennahan scored on a 2-yard run that ended a 70-yard drive and then finished off a 19-yard drive with a 4-yard keeper. A 47-yard drive ended with Keeton scoring on a 15-yard run.

With less than a minute left in the half, McClennahan found Helmers again, this time for a 52-yard touchdown pass, that had the Longhorns comfortably on top 41-14 at the break.

“Our defense came up huge for us tonight and didn’t allow Dickson much of anything,” Lone Grove coach Kenny Ridley said. “And our offensive line is playing better every game. Dalton (Keeton) is a blessing to have on our team, because he is such an excellent runner. He is going to finish the season with big yardage totals. And when the other team keys on Dalton, Jacob (McClennahan) is able to tuck the ball and run with it for big gains. We made two mistakes in the first quarter, but the players were able to overcome those adversities and re-group for a great game.”

Keeton now has 1,325 rushing yards this year with one regular season game left.

On their second possession of the third quarter, McClennahan hit Jacob Barron with a 10-yard scoring pass that finished off a 27-yard Longhorn drive. The drive came as a result of an intercepted pass by Lone Grove’s Justin Willis of a Comet pass. At that point reserves finished things off for the Longhorns.

Lone Grove is currently in a tie for fourth place with the Sulphur Bulldogs. The Longhorns have a 1-point lead (-14 to -15) over the Bulldogs. Lone Grove will host the Purcell Dragons this Friday in a must-win game. Sulphur travels to Dickson to take on the Comets. Should both teams win, the tie-breaker points could decide the fourth, and final, playoff spot.