By Donovan Stewart:
Dickson County Cougars
Last Year’s Record– 3-7
Head Coach– Randy Muphree (3-7 in one year at Dickson County)
Offensive Coordinator– Frankie King
Defensive Coordinator– Randy Muphree
Assistant Coaches– Mitch Pierce (S/QB), Ryan Brinkman (DB), Scott Christy (DL), Jesse Darrow (OL), Jeremiah Satterfield (RB), Jeff Clifton (WR), Corey Dudley (QB/LB), Jimmy Petty (DL/OL), Chuck Daniel (QB/K)
Defense– Multiple 3-4
Returning Starters on Offense and Defense– 10 (5 Off/5 Def)
Last Playoff Appearance– 2012
Key Returnees– Conner Stewart (S, Jr.), Darian Burns (RB/LB, Jr.), Demontez Coleman (RB, Sr.), Dean Steely (OL/DL, Sr.), Tristan Corlew (DB, Jr.), Noah Chapdelaine (OL, Jr.), Clifton Cummings (OL, Sr.), Cole Martin (QB/DB, Sr.), Micah Fann (LB, Soph.), Dylan Dooley (LB, Jr.)
Key Losses– Jacob Murphree (QB), Jack Sensing (WR), Trey Grimes (WR), Trey Wiedman (LB), Tyler Armstrong (LB), Andrew Stanford (RB), Wayne Vaughn (DT), Peyton Witherspoon (S), Gavin Gooch (DB), Caleb Rozar (DB), Austin True (LB)
Streak Going Into 2017– Two game winning streak
Despite a 3-7 record in coach Randy Muphree’s first year at Dickson County, the Cougars head into the 2017 season on a high note winning their last two contests.
Wins over Clarksville and West Creek to end the 2016 season has the Cougars going into the 2017 season with some much needed momentum.
Five starters return to each side of the ball including three returnees on the offensive line. Seniors Dean Steely (20 pancake blocks) and Clifton Cummings along with junior Noah Chapdelaine (11 pancake blocks) provide experience to a position group that any coach will tell you is always in need of just that.
Running backs Demontez Coleman and Darian Burns both return to get carries in the backfield and both players will have a say in the Cougar passing game as well. Coleman (319 rushing yards, four touchdowns, 30 catches for 456 yards, six touchdowns) is a threat in the run and catch game while Burns (Junior) had 242 yards rushing and four touchdowns as well as catching 22 passes for 211 yards and one more touchdown. Both players will be counted on to do a little bit of everything for the Cougars in 2017.
Senior Cole Martin will take over at quarterback after watching the head coach’s son Jacob Murphree pass for 3,202 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. Martin will also play in the secondary on defense as he made 34 tackles last year.
Two leading tacklers return to the secondary. Conner Stewart returns at safety where he made 81 tackles last year, while cornerback Tristan Corlew made 52 tackles. Both players are reliable members of the back end of the Cougar defense.
Linebacker is one of the more experienced position groups as three of four starters return in 2017. Juniors Darian Burns (47 tackles, 8 for loss), and Dylan Dooley (44 tackles) as well as sophomore Micah Fann (38 tackles) will continue making plays for the Cougars.
Steely will be the lone returning starter on the defensive line as he made 24 tackles last year. The Cougars will need reliable play from him and the rest of their roster if they are going to better their win/loss record. Dickson County will be moving up from 5A to 6A in 2017.
Dickson County Since 2010:
37-38 overall record, four playoff appearances
By The Numbers
1972- Year that Dickson County was formed through consolidation of Dickson, White Bluff, and Charlotte schools
1988- The year that Dickson County won the Class AAA state title
Dickson County In the Playoffs:
Total Number of Playoff Appearances- 28
Playoff Record- 14-27
Deepest Playoff Run- won Class AAA state title in 1988
Coach Murphree’s Thoughts:
“We had one of the best offseason workout programs we have had in several years. I believe that carried over to our summer program where we were averaging 75 a day. I’m proud of their preparation for this upcoming season.”
August 18- at Creekwood
August 25- Columbia
*September 1- at Brentwood
September 8- West Creek
*September 15- Centennial
September 22- at Rossview
*September 29- Ravenwood
October 6- OPEN
*October 12- Independence
October 20- at Lawrence County
*October 27- at Franklin
*Denotes Region Game