Jeremy Reed has said all along he knew what he was getting into by taking on the head coaching job of the Dickson football team.
He was taking on a program with a recent history of struggles, but with a fanbase and group of young players willing to take the necessary steps to achieve greatness.
And while last season’s 3-7 campaign may not have made waves across the state, it was exactly the sort of good start the Comets needed under Reed’s reign.
Now, with a year under his belt, Dickson took in one final scrimmage against Holdenville on Friday before beginning preparations to take on Kingston in the 2012 season opener.
And with a 7-6 win in a half of play, under controlled situations, Reed certainly wasn’t upset.
“I was pleased,” Reed said. “I felt like we got better this week from first scrimmage to second scrimmage.”
In particular, Reed pointed to the strong rushing attack his offense presented, with the team gashing the Holdenville defense for yardage at certain points, led by the fierce and physical running of halfback Drake Haggard.
I felt like we controlled the line of scrimmage well in our running game,” Reed said. “We consistently got a good push with our guys up front and Drake ran very well.”
That offensive line paved the road for Dickson’s first touchdown, a 2-yard rush by senior Dakota Helm that put Dickson ahead 7-0 with 2:30 remaining in the first period.
Defensively, Dickson was led by the outstanding play of junior defensive lineman Shawn McClellan, who recorded two sacks on key third down plays in the contest.
“He’s been very good all camp long,” Reed said.
The entire defense was impressive, shutting down, for the most part, the Holdenville offense and showing a swarming, aggressive look on defense.
“Defensively, we challenged our kids this week,” Reed said. “I didn’t particularly like how we looked last week, but I was pleased with what I saw tonight.”
While Haggard was an impressive force all night, he did produce the lone points for the visitors on a goalline run in the second quarter, when the ball popped out of his arms and was scooped and returned 100 yards for a touchdown by a Holdenville defensive player.
“I think without that turnover there, it’s a pretty lopsided game,” Reed said. “I thought he was in for the score, and so did (Haggard), but we’ll see that in film.”