An old saying in sports is “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”

An old saying in sports is “Offense wins games, defense wins championships.”

At 7 p.m. Thursday night in Kingston, two of the best defensive units in district 2A-8 will be on display as the Dickson Comets take on the Redskins. 

There’s no shortage of storylines entering this game, as the Comets enter with a 4-3 overall record to go with a 3-1 district record.

A victory for the Comets would secure the programs first playoff berth since 2005.

On the other side of the coin, a victory for the Redskins (6-1, 4-0) would clinch them a playoff berth. 

Both teams currently have the two longest winning streaks in the district.

Coming off a 48-0 smashing over Marietta, the Redskins are rolling with four straight victories.

With the shutout last week the Redskins have now shut out three of their opponents this season, and have only allowed more than ten points twice all year.

After a slow start to the season with a 1-3 record, the Comets are headed to Kingston winners of three straight. 

Dickson coach Steve Day said he knows how important this game is for his team, and how they need to play well on both sides of the ball.

“We have to continue to not turn the ball over,“ he said. “They (Kingston) are a good team, so the more possessions you give them on offense the more potent they are. It is a good opportunity to go out and play a good defense to show that you can play, if we go out there and execute and not turn the ball over I like our chances.”

Defense is also an area of strength for the Comets as well. 

The Comets have allowed the second least amount of points in the district (113 total, 53 in district play), sitting only behind the Redskins (65 overall, 49 in district).

Players like Jadley Cox, Joesph Bodkins and Keshon Johnson have led the Comets defense through their three game winning streak by forcing turnovers and pressuring opposing quarterbacks. 

The defense has allowed just 19 points over its last three games, and coach Day

knows they will need another stout performance from that trio in order to be successful on Thursday.

“They have two to three good backs that just came at you, they are downhill physical runners with speed,” Day said. 

“We are going to have to wrap up. Those guys they run so hard it seems that opposing defenses have them down but the whistle hasn’t blown yet and the next you know they retaking off and getting extra yards, so we have to hit their running backs so they don’t get extra yardage.”

Dickson will be taking on Lindsay next week, before finishing the regular season with Comanche on the road.