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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Dickson nearing playoff spot

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  • Dickson head coach Jeremy Reed knows a win tonight against Plainview would be huge for the Comets' football program. “We're excited for the opportunity to go play a top 10 or, in some polls top five, team in the state,” Reed said. The Comets also know a loss won't ruin the best season in the school's recent history. “Like I told our kids, this isn't a make-or-break game,” Reed said. “The season is a marathon and we're in the sprint part of the season. These last three games dictate how we fit in the playoff picture. By no means will it make or break us. There is a lot of season left to figure where we end up.” Against Purcell last week, the Comets played better than the final score of 41-6 indicated. “There were a few things, like in all football games, where about five plays that truly dictate a game,” he said. “We had some things early happen that put us behind the eight ball. Once that happened, it was hard to recover.” The top four teams in District 4-3A advance to the playoffs. Dickson is one of five with a chance to reach the postseason. Reed has his team focused on the current season and isn't concerned with the past, such as Dickson's shutout loss to the Indians last season. “We don't think about last year,” Reed said. “This is a different team than Dickson has had ... ever. We don't really talk much about the past.” Reed said the Indians' approach to the game is as impressive as the talent on the roster. “Their team speed and the way they play the game,” he said. “They play the game with intensity and emotion. They're great technicians with great fundamentals. They're very solid. ” Dickson's switch to the option has paid dividends and led to a 6-1 start to the season. The timing and repetition involved in running the offense means less time spent focusing on the opposition. “Our focus all week has been on Dickson and not Plainview so much,” Reed said. “Just making sure we get back to fundamental football. We're prepared for Plainview, but our focus is on ourselves.” Short gains that build into long, time-consuming drives will be key for the Comets against Plainview. But, Reed said that's the gameplan every week. “That's our gameplan, no matter who we play,” Reed said. “Whether it's a Plainview or another top 10 team, or someone at the bottom.”

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