Bamburg, defense dazzle in Dickson win
For one quarter, the Tishomingo Indians looked like a team ready to pull off a road upset.
By halftime, Chris Bamburg had made it abundantly clear there would be no spoiled Homecoming for the Comets.
The sophomore quarterback, who was held out of action early due to a disciplinary issue, came roaring out of the gate in the second quarter, scoring four touchdowns to lead the way for a 39-6 Dickson win on Friday.
Bamburg finished the contest with 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns on eight carries, and also threw a pair of touchdown passes, completing 8-of-13 attempts for 169 yards.
"Chris is a great player for us, and we have a lot of great players around him," Dickson coach Jeremy Reed said. "I liked what I saw offensively tonight."
Bamburg ran with purpose out of the Comets' shotgun formations, bursting through holes and fighting for yards after contact, but also showed nice touch and decision-making on his passes, such as a beautiful 62-yard scoring strike to Tyler Peoples on a crossing route in the closing seconds of the first half.
"There was a different mentality on the field tonight," Reed said.
The Dickson offense piled up 308 rushing yards in the game on just 36 carries for an outstanding 8.5 yards per carry.
Most of that production was due in large part to the physical dominance of the Comets' offensive line, which paved large holes for the backs to run through all night long.
"Our offensive linemen played great," Reed said. "We've really stressed how to play this game with emotion, and these kids are starting to figure that out."
The Dickson defense was a salty one after surrendering an opening drive touchdown to Tishomingo. The Comets turned into a proverbial wall, holding the Indians to 120 total yards and just six first downs for the game.
"We continued to run to the football well and be physical when we get there," Reed said. "We were physical, and that's what we preach."
Providence seemed on Dickson's side the entire contest; for the squad's final touchdown, Bamburg lofted a pass down the left sideline that tipped off a defender's outstretched fingers before landing in the mitts of senior Brent Shelton, who rumbled down the sidelines untouched for a 42-yard touchdown.
"I didn't expect it to make it to me," Shelton said.
It is the second consecutive season that Dickson has started the year 3-0; in 2011, the team went on to lose its last seven games, something Shelton thinks the team can avoid this campaign.
"I think this year we're playing more as a team," Shelton said. "We've been getting closer and bonding together, and hopefully that plays into it this year."
Tishomingo, meanwhile, remains winless on the young season. Quarterback Allan Plummer completed 7-of-15 passes for 73 yards, including a 8-yard touchdown pass to Doron Lovett, who left the game with an injury.