FAIRVIEW – As the rain continued on a steady drizzle throughout the night,
Fairview celebrated homecoming with a 35-16 Dickson County defeat on Friday.
Prompted by the steady rushing attack of senior running back Logan Nardozzi, the
Fairview (7-2) was able to move the ball on their first drive of the game after forcing
a Dickson County (1-8) three-and-out, but a fourth-down gamble by head coach
Chris Hughes inside the Dickson County 10-yard line fell incomplete.
After another three-and-out by the Dickson County offense, Fairview began its
second possession in Dickson County territory and finished it off with a 2-yard
touchdown run by fullback Brody Cox for a 7-0 lead with three minutes to play in
the opening quarter.
Dickson County provided a response, benefitting from a 66-yard kickoff return from
Kaden Thomas, which set up a 32-yard field goal by Jett Carter that cut the Fairview
lead to 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.
The Yellow Jackets’ ability to produce long, sustained drives was the difference
Friday, as Nardozzi’s first touchdown came on an 11-yard run midway through the
second, which gave Fairview a 14-3 halftime lead. Nardozzi finished the game with
271 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.
Fairview tacked on two more touchdowns out of the gate in the second half, and the
lead seemed insurmountable at 28-3. Dickson County sophomore running back
Clinton Schraeder brought a spark, however, when he burst down the left sideline
for a 94-yard touchdown run with one minute left in the third quarter, cutting the
Fairview lead to 28-10.
“Like we have said all along, Schraeder is an explosive back” said Dickson County
head coach Randy Murphree, “he has really been struggling with his quad injury this
week, but was able to rip off some pretty good runs tonight.
“He also came in and played safety for us after a couple of injuries in the secondary
Schraeder’s night was not over, as the Dickson County defense stepped up with a
three-and-out. The sophomore got the ball again and broke free for a 63-yard
touchdown run. The failed extra point made the score 28-16 in favor of Fairview
early in the fourth. Schraeder finished with six carries for 155 yards and two
Nardozzi was able to take over the game for Fairview after the second Schraeder
touchdown, along with senior quarterback Anakin King. The duo carried the Yellow
Jackets down the field and capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run by
Nardozzi. The score became 35-16 with nine minutes to play, and that would be the
final as the rain picked up, and the clock ran out on Dickson County’s final drive.
Fairview, having already clinched a Region 6-3A championship, will play host to
Stewart County for senior night Friday, while Dickson County’s final game of the
2019 season will be at Franklin in Region 6-6A.
Murphree was certain on what he wants to see from his team as they conclude a
final week of a tough season.
“A full week of preparation by all players and go out and compete as a team,” he