LMS falls short of upset against Dickson

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
LMS quarterback Bryson Hammons lets the ball go just before a Dickson County defender makes the hit.
Tribune photos by Mike Inglsbee

The Lewisburg Middle School Tigers have been on the brink of a breakout season in 2017 with both of its losses by a combined 4 points.

The Tigers road to redemption didn’t get any easier as LMS welcomed undefeated and conference leader Dickson County to Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg on Thursday night.

The upset looked to be complete when the Tigers roared back to take a 30-22 lead with one minute left in the third quarter, but Dickson scored two unanswered fourth-quarter touchdowns to leave Marshall County with the 38-30 win and stay atop the standings.

LMS wide receiver Devontae Davis stiff arms a Dickson County defender before crossing into the end zone on Thursday night.

“I’m proud of our guys tonight,” LMS coach Beau Hardison stated. “To put 30 points on the best team in the conference says a lot of how far our guys have come since the beginning of the year. If you would have told me before the game that we would put 30 on Dickson County and still lose, I wouldn’t believe it.”

The Tigers (1-3) are 12 total points away from an undefeated record, but still have a chance to salvage the season.

With wins against upcoming games at Spring Hill and E.A. Cox, the Tigers will have another shot at Dickson County, on their home turf for a chance at the conference title.

“We still have a shot at this thing if we can manage to win our next two games,” Hardison stated. “But right now we are focusing on the Spring Hill game.”

The Tigers took their first lead of the game on a little trickery as quarterback Bryson Hammons threw a screen pass to Deveonta Davis, who then hit a streaking wide receiver for a 49-yard touchdown and a 14-8 lead.

Dickson County stole the lead back immediately as Erick Strickland took a screen from Kody Lambert 72 yards for the score and after a Strickland 2-point conversion run, Dickson led 16-14.

The Dragons pushed the lead to six points on the next possession as Strickland struck again, this time with an 86-yard run and a 22-14 advantage after the failed PAT.

Hardison outfoxed Dickson once again on the next possession as David faked a handoff and hit Grayson Miller for a 39-yard touchdown catch, followed by a Davis 2-point conversion keeper and a 22-22 tie.

The momentum swung to the Tiger’s side on the next Dickson possession when Lamarion Pearce broke up a fourth-and-18 pass attempt to give LMS the ball in terrific field position with the third quarter winding down.

Hammons to Davis came through once again for the Tigers as the quarterback hit his favorite target for a 36-yard touchdown pass and David added 2-point conversion and the Tigers looked in total control with a 30-22 lead with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter.

Like all solid teams, Dickson County found a way to stay in the game as Lambert hit his wide receiver on a screen pass and after several missed Tiger tackles, the receiver crossed the plane to tie the game at 30-30 with 11 seconds in the third quarter after the successful 2-point conversion.

Dickson County completed the comeback on a Strickland 2-yard touchdown run with 3:47 left in the game for a 38-30 lead.

The LMS schedule does not get any easier this week as Hardison leads his Tigers to Spring Hill Middle School, ----another undefeated conference foe---, with a chance to jump back into the championship race.