At this point last season, the Dickson Comets were hoping for one victory.

At this point last season, the Dickson Comets were hoping for one victory.

Times have certainly changed in Comets country.

After a wild defensive performance, the Dickson Comets proved they should no longer be treated as a district doormat in its 30-13 victory over the Madill Wildcats.

Perhaps the most surprising fact from the victory was the Wildcats defense didn’t allow the Comets to score a touchdown. 

Dickson’s offense managed just 80 yards in the victory, with quarterback Rusty Beard going 0-11 in the passing attack. But the Dickson Comets didn’t need offense to score points. 

The Comets defense and special teams took care of all the scoring.

Dickson running back Brandon Sullivan put the Comets on the board on the opening kickoff, returning the ball 85 yards for a touchdown to give the comets a 7-0 lead. 

Not to be outdone, the Madill Wildcats responded like copy cats, returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to tie the game at 7-7. 

The whacky start was just a taste for what was to come, with the Comets defense going on to score 16 unanswered points.

Dickson’s Carl Turner got the scoring barrage started for the Comet defense, recovering a fumble in the endzone to bring the score to 14-7. Dickson’s Colton Hunter then recovered a second fumble in the endzone to give the Comets a 21-7 lead.

Though he struggled offensively passing the ball, Comets quarterback Rusty Beard made up for it on defense, recording a safety to extend Dickson’s lead to 23-7. 

Madill quarterback Seth Coleman connected with Asa Robertson on a 20-yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 23-13 in the fourth quarter. But later in the fourth, Dickson linebacker Spencer Throneberry sealed the game, returning an interception for a touchdown to bring the game to 30-13.

The win over Madill is Dickson’s first district win since Oct. 30, 2015. The last time Dickson beat Madill was on Sept. 30, 2014.

Rusty Beard led the Comets rushing attack with 11 carries for 48 yards. Brandon Sullivan had 20 carries for 28 yards in addition to his 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Madill quarterback Seth Coleman went 5-of-13 passing for 41 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the contest. Madill running back Dekevis Jordan led the Wildcat rushing attack, with 12 carries for 26 yards.

Dickson (2-4, 1-1) will travel to Lone Grove to face the Longhorns (0-5, 0-2) Friday night at 7:30 p.m. from Longhorn Stadium.

Madill (3-3, 0-2) will be open this week, but will return to action Oct. 13 against Seminole from Blake Smiley Stadium, before another home game against LGHS.