DICKSON — A dominant second-half performance by Seminole allowed the Chieftains to pull away for a 43-7 victory over the Dickson Comets Friday night at Ernest Moore Field to put a damper on Dickson’s 2016 Homecoming.
Seminole scored on all four offensive possessions following the break while holding the Comets to just 14 plays and seven minutes of offense.
After Seminole’s Mark Beauford covered an onside kick to start the game, the Chieftains used 11 plays and scored on a 2-yard touchdown run by Cameron Gunville six minutes into the game.
Dickson (0-5 overall, 0-1 in District 3A-4) pulled to within a point two possessions later when quarterback Jacob Reames broke free around right end and scored on a 28-yard run that made it an 8-7 game.
The Chieftains finished with a 405-171 edge in overall yards and had 25 first downs to Dickson’s seven. Through the air, Seminole picked up 133 yards to the Comets’ 18.
Seminole (3-2, 1-0) showed good patience with its offensive attack that meticulously ate up yardage and clock time. Just before halftime, the Chieftains drove 80 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown. Jamon Dennis scored on a 2-yard run that had Seminole up 16-7 at the break.
Dennis finished with 85 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. Kaden Thomas has 78 yards on nine carries with a touchdown, and Gunville had 21 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown.
The second half proved to be all Seminole on both offense and defense.
The Chieftains got a 27-yard touchdown run by Dennis on their first second-half possession, and Logan Long scored on a 2-yard run on the next possession. Seminole used both Long (senior) and Cade Hammond (sophomore) at the quarterback position during the game.
“We had too many mistakes, especially on special teams tonight,” Dickson coach Steve Day said. “We played pretty solid in the first half despite our miscues, but in the second half, we could not get our offense moving.
“You just can’t expect your defense to be out there that long, because they get tired. Our fumbles hurt us, and we could not stop their running game in the second half. Our defense just wore down.”
The Chieftains scored twice in the fourth. Long hit Jordan Rodriguez with a 15-yard scoring strike early in the fourth, and Thomas scored on a 25-yard run with 1:16 left in the game.
The Comet running game, which had some success in the first half, could not sustain a drive following the break.
Reames led Dickson with 56 yards on eight carries, and Chance Sweeten had 10 carries for 51 yards.
The Chieftains ran 70 offensive plays to the Comets’ 33. Dickson did not advance as far as mid-field in the second half.
Dickson will look to notch its first win this Friday, when the Comets travel to Madill for a showdown with the Wildcats (3-2) at Blake Smiley Stadium.