In their first game of the season, the Dickson Comets made history, winning at Lone Grove for the first time in a decade.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday night, they’ll have a chance to make more history at home.
But to earn their first 2-0 start since 2013, the Comets will have to make their way through the Ringling Blue Devils, who are fresh off a shutout victory over Mangum last week in their season debut.
Meanwhile, the Blue Devils will be looking for their first 2-0 start to a season since 2015.
“Ringling presents us with a good challenge,” Dickson coach Steve Day said. “They are a well coached team who are tough and physical. They’ve got size on both sides of the ball, and we’ve got to understand they are going to get stops on us. We’ll just have to figure out a way to respond to those when they happen.”
“Their (Ringling) linebacker play is very good and they have a lot of speed in the secondary,” Day added. “They have two quality quarterbacks and three running backs that can run
extremely hard. It’s going to be
important for us to get off the field on third down this week.”
On the other side of the coin, Ringling coach Phil Koons is very aware of the Comets ability to stop fast paced offenses, as evident in their season opening victory two weeks ago vs. Lone Grove.
“We’re expecting them (Dickson) to stack people in the box to try and stop our running game,” Koons said. “We’ll probably have to throw the ball some in order to loosen them up. We’ve got two pretty good players at quarterback that have good arms. When we do run the football we’ll need to stay with our blocks so our backs can find the open lanes.”
“Dickson does have good speed and they have good size up front,” Koons added. “We need to play well on defense in order to keep our offense out there as much as possible.”
Last week against Mangum, the Blue Devils totaled 55 carries for 417 yards, while only passing the ball five times.
In contrast when the Comets last saw live action, they held the Longhorns below 200 yards rushing, while Dickson quarterback Rusty Beard accounted for four touchdowns, including two through the air for a total of 98 yards.
One player to watch for on the Blue Devils will be Kash Lyle, who had two touchdown runs last week against Mangum of 26 and three yards in the first and second half.
Dickson will try to counter with a strong running attack of its own which will include Brandon Sullivan, who ran for 89 yards on 15 carries against the Longhorns.
“Not only are the kids excited, but the community is excited to have a home game this week,” Day said. “It’s felt like we’re back in camp this week since we didn’t play last week. We’re ready to test out what we have been practicing.”