DICKSON — On a night when Lone Grove continually shot itself in the foot, it had more than enough ammunition to knock off Dickson in a 36-13 to put itself in position to win the District 3A-4 championship. The Longhorns won despite turning the ball over three times, twice in the first four minutes of the game. Lone Grove also had to overcome two touchdowns called back on penalties as well as a blown opportunity to score inside the Dickson five-yard line. To the Comets credit, they overcame a 22-0 lead and had the opportunity to make it a one-possession game in the fourth quarter following a 4-yard touchdown run by Brandon Winblood. A botched extra point left the score at 22-13 and moments later, Jeremy Lewis broke free for a 62-yard scoring run and that was all she wrote. Lewis led all rushers with 182 on 20 carries. Grant Harmon also had a strong game, throwing for three touchdowns at the Longhorns improved to 8-1 overall, 6-0 in district. “We didn't play our best,” Lone Grove coach Jeremy Turner said. “We turned it all over too much. Dickson did some things we weren't ready for and kudos to them. That being said, we got out with a win and we will take it.” Despite its misfires, Lone Grove took a 22-0 lead into the half as it took advantage of a sputtering Dickson offensive attack. Dakotah Buckaloo recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff for the Comets, who went three-and-out. Both teams traded turnovers and it was Lone Grove that finally got some traction, cashing in on a short drive when Harmon found Brady Norman from 20 yards out for a score. Lewis had a 6-yard scoring run in the first quarter and Harmon hooked up with Norman for a scoring strike of seven yards to make the score 20-0. The Longhorns increased their lead to 22-0 late in the half when Bryar Byrne was caught in his own end zone on a misdirection play. Lone Grove had great field position after a shanked free kick but Cole King intercepted a Harmon pass to end threat. Having lost consecutive one-sided contests against Purcell and Plainview, the Comets appeared headed for another long evening but that changed in the second half. Dickson took the opening kickoff and drove it down Lone Grove's throat. A 20-play drive that lasted 8:04 ended with Chris Bamburg sneaking it through from a yard out. A King extra point pulled Dickson within 22-7. The Longhorns appeared poised to answer, taking the kickoff and driving to the Dickson 5-yard line. Two Lewis runs netted four yards and a Harmon run was met at the line. Facing 4th-and-goal from the one, Lone Grove went into the shotgun but a high snap threw the play off-kilter and Harmon was taken down at the 11, giving the Comets the ball back with a long field to drive. And Dickson did just that. The Lone Grove defense began to show signs of fatigue as what had been three-yard runs became runs of five yards or more. It took the Comets less than three minutes to drive the field and score on a Winblood 4-yard run. “The kids came out and fought,” Dickson coach Jeremy Reed said. “To be honest, it was too late. We are definitely not built to play from behind. Our defense played great abut our offense got us beat. We couldn't sustain a drives and turned the ball over.” A mishandled snap resulted in a failed conversion leaving the score 22-13 and setting the stage for Lewis' 68-yard run to make the score 29-13. Trailing by two-possessions, Dickson went to the air but Bamburg was intercepted by O'Shay Harris, who had a return for a touchdown called back by penalty. The teams traded possessions and Lone Grove proceeded to ice the game with a Harmon 26-yard scoring strike to Daniel Harris. “These kids haven't quit,” Reed said. “I wish I knew why we didn't execute in the first half. If we would have, I think it would have been a much different game.” Dickson fell to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in district play with the loss. The Comets are in a three-way tie for third place in district with Sulphur and Purcell and remain in control of their destiny, needing to beat the Bulldogs Friday night to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Meanwhile, rivals Lone Grove and Plainview remain undefeated in district and will play Friday night for the district title. “It's a different place for this school but not for these kids,” Turner said. “This is what I told them to expect if they worked hard. And they bought into it.” @mpinedaARD