If the night gets darkest before the dawn, the Dickson Comets are due for brighter days ahead.
In a game plagued with turnovers and sobering injuries, the Dickson Comets fell at home 40-13 to the Pauls Valley Panthers Thursday.
The Comets started the game off on the wrong foot, fumbling the opening kickoff to give Pauls Valley the ball deep in Dickson territory.
After four plays and 19 yards, Pauls Valley receiver Tyler Thompson punched it in from the one yard line to open up a 7-0 lead for the Panthers.
Dickson would respond on the ensuing possession.
Comets running back Brandon Sullivan busted off a 62-yard touchdown rush, cutting the Panthers lead to 7-6 after a missed extra point.
The Comet and Panther defenses would hold each other scoreless until the second quarter, when Pauls Valley quarterback Tate Christian connected with Tyler Thompson on a 9-yard touchdown pass, extending the Panther’s lead to 14-6.
A fumbled exchange between Dickson quarterback Rusty Beard and running back Brandon Sullivan would once again give Pauls Valley a short field, setting up Pauls Valley receiver Tyler Thompson for his third touchdown of the game on a 3-yard rush to extend the Panther’s lead to 20-6.
Though the Dickson offense was forced to punt on the ensuing possession, it appeared the Comets would changed the momentum in their direction after Dickson punter Thomas Johnson pinned the Panthers on their own 1-yard line.
But on the next play, Panther’s dual threat quarterback Jack Grimmett connected with Jared Perry on a 99-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 27-6 going into halftime.
Unfortunately for the Comets, the second half would start equally as bad as the first.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Tyler Thompson struck again, reeling off a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to build an insurmountable 33-6 lead just seconds into the third quarter.
Pauls Valley quarterback Jack Grimmett would bring the score to 40-6 later in the third quarter after connecting with receiver Gilbert Gonzalez on a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Dickson would get things going in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late.
Quarterback Rusty Beard, with the help of running back Connor Schreiber orchestrated a 61-yard touchdown drive. Beard found paydirt on a 13-yard touchdown rush to bring the game to its final score 40-13 with 6 minutes remaining in the fourth,
Dickson (2-6, 1-3) will face the Plainview Indians next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. from Plainview Stadium. Pauls Valley (2-5, 1-2) will face the Seminole Cheiftons at Seminole at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.