DICKSON — On a night when fields were slippery across the area from rainfall, the Ringling Blue Devils decided to take advantage with their own escape plan.

DICKSON — On a night when fields were slippery across the area from rainfall, the Ringling Blue Devils decided to take advantage with their own escape plan.

Despite falling behind in the first quarter, the Blue Devils were able to hold on for a narrow 16-15 victory over the Dickson Comets, giving them their first 2-0 start to the season since 2015.

Caige Calvert got Ringling on the board in the first quarter with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Sam Vanbuskirk, giving the Blue Devils a 6-0 lead following the missed extra point.

Dickson though was out in front just over three minutes later when Kehson Johnson caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Rusty Beard, making it 7-6 for the Comets after Johnson’s extra point at the 4:08 mark of the first quarter.

However, the Blue Devils got a lifeline in the second quarter when a Comets holding penalty in their own end zone gifted Ringling a safety and the lead at 8-7 going into the locker room.

After a scoreless third quarter, it was the Comets getting back in the game with a 93-yard touchdown run from Beard before a successful two-point conversion from Johnny Smith put Dickson ahead at 15-8 with 11:34 remaining in regulation.

However, the Blue Devils had one last trick up their sleeves when Justus Davis scored the game-winning touchdown for Ringling with less than nine minutes to go in the fourth, before adding the two-point conversion.

Kash Lyle was the leading rusher for Ringling with 26 carries for 157 yards, with Chandler Roberts finishing with 18 carries for 121 yards in the contest. 

Dickson finished with 177 yards of total offense on the night.

Ringling will be home at 7:30 p.m. Friday night taking on Marietta, while Dickson takes on Madill at 7 p.m. Friday night for Homecoming.