DICKSON — Kingston quarterback Noah Hodges picked up where he left off in 2013 with an impressive performance in a 30-6 win over Dickson on Thursday.
The junior threw for 104 yards on 8-of-16 passing with one touchdown and two rushing scores.
Hodges ran for 37 yards on 11 carries.
The Redskins struck first on an eight-play drive of 60 yards with Hodges running in from 17 yards out to take a 7-0 lead.
Dickson’s only score of the night came on its first drive.
On fourth-and-9, Cole King hit Bryar Byrne for a 33-yard touchdown. King was under pressure and found Byrne on the Dickson sideline.
Byrne cut back across the field and beat the Kingston defense to the endzone.
Dickson coach David Gilliam was pleased with some aspects of the Comets’ performance in his debut as head coach.
“Our backfield and receivers all did well,” Gilliam said. “They brought the house on us and it confused us a little bit up front. It’s something to work on. We’re going to see that throughout the year. We didn’t see it in scrimmages. It’s something to go back and look at and get better from.”
Byrne was one of the highlights of the game for the Comets. He caught the touchdown pass and had an interception along with punting duties.
“He’s a special player, especially on defense,” Gilliam said. “He understand things well. He flies to the ball.”
Late in the first quarter, Kingston took advantage of a short punt from deep in Dickson territory.
Hodges hit Cody Flesher on a speed-option pitch and he rolled 35 yards for a touchdown and a 14-6 Kingston lead.
“We’re just trying to get the ball in (Cody Flesher’s) hands instead of me having 30 carries a game,” Hodges said. “We’re trying to get it to our other running backs. We’ve got some good backs and receivers and we’re trying to get the ball out on the edge.”
After another punt deep in Dickson territory ricocheted off a Comet punt blocker, Hodges found the endzone four plays later on a one-yard quarterback keeper.
Flesher had 113 yards rushing on nine carries with a touchdown to lead the Redskins on the ground.
Kingston did have trouble protecting the ball with four fumbles — one lost — and an interception.
“We had a couple mishaps but that’s expected, it’s Week 1,” Hodges said.
The Redskins needed just four plays to score on their first drive of the second half. Hodges hit Keelan Price for a 12-yard gain and Mason Whipkey hauled in a seven-yard catch.
A fumble was nearly recovered by Dickson on second-and-three but Hodges found Paden Hayes on a screen pass on third down that resulted in a 40-yard touchdown.
Kingston added a safety late in the third quarter on a Dickson punt attempt that was misplayed.
“I’m very pleased with these young men,” Kingston coach John Caraway said. “We’ve played them the last few years and had close games, one or two points. It was very disappointing. We knew they would be a tough opponent tonight, they were tough early. We were pleased with our kids’ effort.”
Kingston racked up 243 yards of offense against Dickson. The Comets lost several key defensive players to graduation and it showed, at times.
“I thought they played well,” Gilliam said. “The experience showed a little bit. We can go back and look at this and climb from here.”
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Kingston 30, Dickson 6
KHS — Noah Hodges 17 run (Joseph Moreno kick), 9:00
DHS — Bryar Byrne 33 pass from Cole King (kick failed), 4:53
KHS — Cody Flesher 35 run (Moreno kick), 2:35
KHS —Hodges 1 run (Moreno kick), 9:04
KHS —Paden Hayes 40 pass from Hodges (Moreno kcik) 8:21
KHS — Safety, 2:11
First downs 12 3
Rushing 139 31
Passing 104 98
Total yards 243 67
C-A-I 9-16-1 9-12-0
Punts 5-36.5 9-26
Fumbles-lost 4-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 6-45 6-30
RUSHING — Kingston: Hodges 11-37, Flesher 9-113, Charlie 2-1, Lewis 1-(-8), Adkins 1-5. Dickson: Bamburg 16-23, King 3-(-13), Blancett 10-(-37), Davis 1-1, Morrow 1-1, Sweeten 1-2.
PASSING — Kingston: Hodges 9-16-1-104. Dickson: King 5-7-0-49, Blancett 3-4-0-27, Byrne 1-1-22.
RECEIVING—Kingston: Hayes 3-63, Price 2-9, Whipkey 1-7, Flesher 1-11. Dickson: Byrne 4-49, Reames 1-(-5), Anderson 1-22, Cook 1-7, Davis 1-6, Bamburg 1-9.