Dickson continued its offensive evolution with a three-way scrimmage against Rush Spring and Velma-Alma on Friday at Davis.
Dickson’s first team offense and defense went 12 plays each, then the second-team players went 10 each. Dickson did not scrimmage against Davis.
After looking at film on Saturday, coach Jeremy Reed said his offensive line, specifically, has seen a big improvement.
“I was really impressed with our second group of offensive linemen,” Reed said. “I was real proud to see the growth of them. I can see a significant change in those young offensive linemen.
“We were very pleased, and felt like we saw a lot of positive things. I felt like we’re way ahead of where we were a year ago.”
Entering his first full season as starting quarterback, sophomore Chris Bamburg was 10-of-12 with a touchdown and an interception. Reed said Bamburg’s growth has been evident since taking over as quarterback during last season.
“Without a doubt,” Reed said of Bamburg’s maturation. “He did a great job managing our offense. We’re definitely going to be a lot different looking than what Dickson is used to offensively.
Last year’s starting quarterback, Drake Haggard, will play a mixture of running back and receiver this season. Reed said the senior has gained about 20 pounds to fill in at middle linebacker as well.
“He’s a real big part of what we’re doing on both sides of the ball,” Reed said. “He’s really improved through the offseason. He’s faster and has really come a long ways.”
What’s also improved is the Dickson receiving corps. The Comets lost several pass catchers to graduation, as Tyler Peoples is the lone returning starter.
Jacob Vanbuskirk and Dillion McGee each caught multiple passes in the scrimmage, and Haggard added a touchdown reception for the Comets in the scrimmage. Dakota Helm added a touchdown run for the first-team offense.
“That’s kinda where we took our biggest hit,” Reed said of the Comets’ receivers. “We’ve got a lot of unproven receivers that didn’t get a lot of varsity time. I was real impressed with those receivers who’ve never caught a varsity ball that came in and performed.”
Dickson’s next scrimmage will be against Madill on Friday at Dickson High School, with JV starting at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity following at 7:30. The Comets are asking for donations of laundry detergent and Gatorade as admission to the game.