It’s not uncommon for teams to endure a rough non-district schedule in high school football.
The same could also be said for those same teams to make the playoffs after going through such a rough opening to the campaign.
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Comet Field, Dickson is hoping to take the first step towards proving this theory right against the Coalgate Wildcats in the district opener on Homecoming night.
Dickson enters this game with an 0-3 record after falling on the road against Madill last week 55-27.
Coalgate meanwhile is also 0-3 as the Wildcats were defeated at home last week against Antlers by a score of 14-7.
It was the second game this season in which the Wildcats lost by less than 10 points, with the first game coming against Christian Heritage on the opening week of the season (14-6).
“Coalgate is in the same situation we are record wise right now,” Dickson coach Steve Day said. “Both of us have gotten off to rough starts, but we have both progressed as teams throughout these first few games.”
“Their offense has begun to find an identity and they have playmakers,” Day added. “Coalgate is a very big team up front on both sides of the ball. They’ve also got a good middle linebacker and a solid secondary. We’ve got to keep from making mistakes Friday night.”
Last week Comets quarterback Rusty Beard finished 2-of-16 passing for 15 yards while rushing the ball 24 times for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
Another player the Comets will be looking to have an impact is Johnny Smith, who had a solid game last week against the Wildcats.
Last year when these two teams met, it was a thrilling contest at Coalgate which the Wildcats eventually won by a score of 34-28.
Following this game the Comets will be on the road next week taking on the Marietta Indians before hosting the Davis Wolves on Oct. 11.