LONE GROVE - The Lone Grove Longhorns celebrated Homecoming early along with their first victory as they rolled past the Dickson Comets 47-27 Friday night at Longhorn Field.

LONE GROVE - The Lone Grove Longhorns celebrated Homecoming early along with their first victory as they rolled past the Dickson Comets 47-27 Friday night at Longhorn Field. 

Lone Grove showed a balanced attack in total offense with 269 yards rushing and 211 passing yards 

Longhorns running back Shelden Brown had two touchdowns and rushed for 131 yards on 17 carries. 

Quarterback Montana Stafford was 5-for-9 passing with two touchdowns. 

Longhorns wide receiver Kemyon Sophus tallied 203 receiving yards on four receptions for two touchdowns.

Scoring was plentiful in the opening quarter with 33 combined points put on the board. Brown initally put Lone Grove in the lead with a 12-yard scoring run on the first Longhorn possession. The touchdown ended a 5-play, 79 yard drive. The big play of the drive was a 46-yard pass from Stafford to Sophus that moved the ball to the Dickson 12-yard line to set up Brown’s scoring run.

Dickson (2-5 overall, 1-2 in District 3A-4), needed just five plays to tie the game. 

The Comets 55-yard drive culminated with a 30-yard scoring run by Brandon Sullivan. 

Sullivan finished the game with 22 carries for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

Lone Grove (1-5, 1-2), struck quickly to re-capture the lead with Stafford hitting Sophus with a 57-yard toss. 

Sophus made the catch at mid-field, shook off a tackler and ran untouched down the sideline to effectively put the Longhorns ahead for good at 14-7.

The ensuing kick-off spelled disaster for the Comets. The kick was gathered in by Sullivan who lost the handle on the football at the Comet 40-yard line. 

Lone Grove’s Cole Skelly took the ball in mid air and returned it the distance for a 20-7 Longhorn advantage.

Dickson struck back instantly to get right back into the game. 

Taking over at their own 31-yard line following the kick-off return, Sullivan broke free over right tackle and raced 69 yards for a touchdown that trimmed the Lone Grove lead to 20-13 as the first quarter ended.

“Every win is a great win, especially with the schedule we have played so far,” Lone Grove coach Trey Owens said. “We are working very hard to get out of our own way and get the job done. We moved the ball well on offense much of the game.” 

“Unfortunately we keep hurting ourselves with fumbles, interceptions and penalties,” Owens added. 

“We have to get more consistent the rest of the way if we are to make a run for a playoff spot. Sometimes we tend to lose our composure when things get tough.”

Following a wild opening quarter, the second frame was relatively quiet. 

LGHS got the only touchdown of the frame on a fourth and goal at the Dickson 5-yard line, when Brown skirted right end and dove at the pylon for the score that gave Lone Grove a 27-13 lead at halftime.

“We keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” Dickson coach Steve Day said. “Lone Grove had a good game plan, but we kept hurting our chances by not taking advantage of scoring opportunities that were handed to us.” “We moved the football pretty well most of the game,” Day added. “We got quite a ways behind in the second half and had to abandon the run. Tonight we could have played better, but it was Lone Grove’s night for the win.”

Lone Grove opened the second half with a  5-play, 65-yard march which ended with Michael Ramsay scoring on a 6-yard run.    

Just a few minutes later, Dickson  managed to answer with a 61-yard drive of their own A 4-yard scoring pass from Beard to Spencer Throneberry pulled Dickson to within 34-20 with eight minutes remaining in the third.

However, Lone Grove’s running attack was proving more than a handful for the Comets defense.

Following a called-back 99-yard touchdown kick-off return by Sophus due to a penalty, the Longhorns started at their own 5-yard line. 

Four plays and two minutes later Stafford hit Sophus with a pass play that covered 90 yards to increase the Lone Grove advantage to 40-20. 

With thirty seconds left in the third the Longhorn defense held Dickson on fourth down, and Lone Grove took over on downs at the Comet 38-yard line. 

On the first play of the fourth, William Houldson scored on a 33-yard run around the end for Lone Grove for a 47-20 lead.

A pass interception by Dickson’s Jack McDonald gave the Comets possession at their 36-yard line with 8:30 remaining. Six plays later Beard hit Thomas Johnson on a 29-yard pass play that made the score 47-27 to end the scoring.

Beard finished 13-of-23 passing for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

“The players understand we need to celebrate this victory but that we also have plenty of things to work on before Friday,” Owens said.

“There are good and bad situations that take place during football games, and it’s the ones that handle those situations that usually comes out on top. Going forward we need to focus on our game and our behavior. “  

Lone Grove will host the Seminole Chieftains this Friday and be on the road to Madill the week following. 

Dickson will host Pauls Valley on Thursday night at 7 p.m. from Comet Field.