LMS Tigers suffer Homecoming blues

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Photos by Anthony S. Puca The 2015 Lewisburg Middle School Homecoming Court from left are: 8th grade attendant Lily Burgett with escort Andrew Gold; 8th grade attendant Constance Graub with escort Shaun Arndt; escort Thomas J. Beardsley with queen Taylor Howes and escort Walker Whaley; 7th grade attendant Bella Tepedino with escort Hayden Sheppard; and 7th grade attendant Kailynn Cathey with escort A'ky Howard.

Lewisburg Middle School had a rough Homecoming on Thursday night, losing 40-0 to the Dickson Dragons.

"I told the boys all week, Dickson is the most boring football team in the world and they love it that way," LMS coach Eliot Cook said. "They run it straight up the middle every play and if they get three or four yards they're happy with it. They want third- or fourth-and-short. That's how they play."

Few yards

Preston Shelton turns up field after catching a pass from Christian Stacey.

The Tigers just couldn't get anything going offensively in the contest, managing just 72 yards of offense.

"We got behind early and if you get behind against a team like that who burns the clock, you have to take advantage when it is your turn with the ball and we didn't do that," Cook said.

Lewisburg turned the ball over five times to the Dragons, who capitalized on each one.

Javarria Rucker gets pulled down by a Dickson defender in the Tigers' 40-0 loss Thursday night at Lewisburg.

Lewisburg's best scoring opportunity in the first half came after Preston Shelton picked off a Dickson pass near the goal line. However, the Tigers gave the ball back on a fumbled snap moments later.

The Dragons capitalized, driving 28 yards for the touchdown on a 6-yard run by Andrew Newton.

Jonathan Killebrew's two-point conversion catch from Dickson quarterback Matt Roberts made it a 20-0 ballgame at the half.

Kel Greer gets ready to bang heads with a Dickson defender after a nice second half run.

Dragons strik

The Dragons scored on their first drive of the second half, and after an LMS turnover, Dickson scored again to put the game out of reach at 32-0.

"We have to just keep plugging away and keep getting better," Cook said.

The Tigers had a quick turnaround, playing at Spring Hill on Tuesday.

"Spring Hill is our biggest rival, so we just have to go on the road and forget about it and keep playing," Cook added.

Dickson 6 14 12 8--40

LMS 0 0 0 0--0

First quarter

D--Jack Dawson 7 run (pass failed), 3:35.

Second quarter

D--Andrew Newton 1 run (pass failed), 7:56.

D--Dakota Owens 6 run (Jonathan Killebrew 3 pass from Matt Roberts), 0.33.

Third Quarter

D--Owens 32 run (pass failed), 7:06.

D--Treyvon Rybka 1 run (run failed), 1:41.

Fourth Quarter

D--Newton 68 run, (Roberts run), 6:35.

Turnovers: LMS 5, Dickson 1.


LMS: Javarria Rucker 4-18; Kel Greer 4-13; Keylin Talley 1-0; Christian Stacey 2-(-10), Silas Hurt 1-(-10).


LMS: Christian Stacey 7-17-61


LMS: Keylin Talley 3-28; Andrew Gold 2-14; Javarria Rucker 1-13; Preston Shelton 1-6.