Despite coming out on the short end of all the offensive statistics, Sulphur was able to take advantage of its opportunities to defeat Dickson 30-19 Friday night at Ernest Moore Field.
DICKSON — Despite coming out on the short end of all the offensive statistics, Sulphur was able to take advantage of its opportunities to defeat Dickson 30-19 Friday night at Ernest Moore Field.
The Bulldogs finish the 2012 season at 4-6, 3-4 in District 4A-4. Dickson finished 4-6, 1-6.
"These kids have come a long way this season," Sulphur coach Jim Dixon said. "We started with Wynnewood and Davis, and they are a combined 20-0 with a good chance to win a state championship in their class. The players kept their focus and regrouped."
The Bulldogs put up two quick scores in the first quarter. A snap through the legs of the Comets' punter gave Sulphur a safety, and the ensuing kick gave Sulphur the ball at its 45-yard line.
Three plays later, tailback Nate Johnson broke free and rambled 32 yards for a touchdown for a 9-0 Sulphur lead.
Dickson cut the lead to two in the second quarter with an 82-yard, 19-play drive. Quarterback Drake Haggard scored from a yard out with 3 minutes left in the half.
Sulphur needed just 2 minutes to score again. Quarterback Ryan Rackley hit Rally Beam with a 35-yard touchdown pass that gave the Bulldogs a 16-7 advantage.
The Bulldogs scored on their first possession of the second half when Rackley ran it in 21 yards on a quarterback keeper for a 23-7 Sulphur lead.
"We were just a few plays away from being 7-3 in our district," Dixon said. "They have shown great improvement over the year, and I am proud of them."
Dickson continued to move the ball well, but Dakota Helm lost the ball on the first Comet possession of the second half, and Haydn Rogers recovered at the Comet 20-yard line. Four plays later, Trevor Venegas scored on a 6-yard run.
"We hurt ourselves a lot tonight with turnovers and costly penalties," Dickson coach Jeremy Reed said. "When you're trying to rebuild a football program, you have stepping stones you have to work on to get better.
"We're planning on working a lot on our team discipline. We can't beat ourselves by not being disciplined."
The Comets finished a 13-play, 80-yard drive early in the fourth with a 5-yard keeper around left end by Haggard. And with 1 minute remaining, Helm scored on a 1-yard run.
Dickson outgained Sulphur 300-241 in yards and had a 19-12 edge in first downs.
Haggard had 152 yards rushing on 26 carries for the Comets, and Johnson finished with 20 carries for 106 yards for the Bulldogs.