MJ, FCS face Round 2 games



The squads share an offensive philosophy, the Wing-T spotlighting a burly fullback, and they both feature outstanding kickers in Ryan Jenkins (Mt. Juliet) and Mitch Mersman (DCHS).


Dickson is a football community, said MJ head coach Roger Perry. I think a lot of what they do on offense mirrors us. Another thing that sticks out is their tackling. They will get you down in the open field. They tackle awfully well.


The Cougars come in after a 42-14 win over McGavock in last weeks playoff opener, while Mt. Juliet thumped Independence 55-22 at home.


Top-seeded Dickson County had won nine games in a row prior to a 21-7 loss in Week Ten to Henry County. The Cougars average 35.5 points per game while allowing just 14.1 ppg.


Notes -- Former Lebanon High and Dickson County head coach Ed Sheley handles color commentary for the DCHS radio broadcast.


Cascade (7-4) at Friendship (9-1)Refreshed from a week off, Friendship Christian hosts Cascade tonight in the second round of the TSSAA Class 2A playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Pirtle Field.


Top-seeded FCS is the defending Class 2A state champion and has won seven consecutive games since falling to Gordonsville in late August.


Cascade enjoyed a 24-21 opening round victory last week at Watertown -- the first road playoff win in the history of the program.


The Champions are led by speedy back Creed Rose who rushed for 144 yards and a pair of scores against Watertown before tweaking his knee. Rose is expected to play tonight against the Commanders.


FCS is powered by talented junior quarterback A.J. Long, who has passed for 1,831 yards and 26 touchdowns.