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HICKS FIELD DEDICATION FRIDAY

Friday evening is a very, very special night at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. Not only is the 2-0 Pulaski County football team taking on longtime arch rival Franklin County for the final time in the foreseeable future, it’s also “Joel Hicks Dedication Night.” The Dobson Stadium playing surface will be named after the greatest coach in Pulaski County history in a special halftime ceremony.
Many former players and coaches who were at PCHS under Hicks are expected to return home. The Touchdown Club is sponsoring a pre-game gathering for special guests. Former rival coaches, Jim Hickam of Northside, and Willis White of Salem, will also be on hand to pay tribute to Hicks’ terrific career that saw him win 201 games in just 24 years at Pulaski County and 301 games in his career. Hicks averaged over eight wins a season for his 36-year head coaching career. He had only one losing season, his first one.
Hicks won 17 district championships at PCHS, six region titles, and a state championship in Group AAA, Division 6 in 1992. His 1993 Cougar squad was ranked 10th in the nation.
The game figures to be a humdinger too as Pulaski County will try to move to 3-0 on the season to avenge a difficult 28-27 defeat to the Eagles in Rocky Mount last season after making a terrific comeback.
Pulaski County leads the overall series between the two schools, 26-6, but the series will stop this season as Franklin chose not to renew the contract.
The Eagles come into the game 1-1 on the season after a victory over E.C. Glass in Lynchburg, and falling on the road to William Fleming last week. A victory for Pulaski County would be big as it would be a second straight win over a Group AAA opponent, and a trip to likely undefeated Jefferson-Forest is just a week away.
Ben Boyd’s Franklin Co. program has defeated the Cougars two straight years. The score was 27-6 in 2006. Prior to that game Pulaski County had won 16 straight games over the Eagles, and had not tasted defeat since 1988.
There will be no lineup changes for Pulaski County and don’t expect anything different from the Eagles either. Boyd will bring his customary power-I type of offense to Pulaski County and try to out-physical the Cougars.
“The next two weeks are really big for our team,” says Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner. “Franklin will bring it to us and we must be ready. Forest is going to be difficult and will likely be undefeated, but that’s two weeks away. First, it has to be Franklin. We need to beat this outfit after the last two years. This is no different than any other matchup with Franklin. You must beat them at the line of scrimmage. To win, we must play very physical, make no stupid penalties, execute, and be focused. If we do those things we should be okay, but if we don’t, we’ll be in a dogfight,” added Turner.
Pulaski County’s first unit defense has been terrific the first two games and in reality has been much better than the final scores indicate. In fact, the first two opponents, Northside and PH, finished with minus yards at the half.
Offensively, the Cougars have spread the wealth. Last season’s leading rusher, Nubian Peak, carried the football just five times last week as Jolly Martin was the leading rusher. The Cougars have been dominant at the line of scrimmage with Josh Miller, Brandon Hazzard, E.J. Dobbins, C.J. Burleson, Tahrick Peak, Seth Parris and Zane Quesenberry setting the pace, and the passing game behind quarterback Luke Walton has been extremely effective.
COUGAR PAUSE: One thing that will help the Cougars against Franklin will be the return to the defensive lineup for senior lineman Jared Cole who was held out of the PH game… Sophomore fullback Ramell Cobbs is, however, lost for the season due to a knee injury … Gates to Dobson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. … In other interesting River Ridge District and Region 4 games Friday, Blacksburg will travel to Bedford to play Liberty, Hidden Valley hosts strong Bassett, Salem will try to get back on the winning side of the ledger at William Byrd, Richlands, off to a slow start, will play at Abingdon, and Carroll County plays at undefeated Tazewell.

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HICKS FIELD DEDICATION FRIDAY

Friday evening is a very, very special night at Kenneth J. Dobson Stadium. Not only is the 2-0 Pulaski County football team taking on longtime arch rival Franklin County for the final time in the foreseeable future, it’s also “Joel Hicks Dedication Night.” The Dobson Stadium playing surface will be named after the greatest coach in Pulaski County history in a special halftime ceremony.
Many former players and coaches who were at PCHS under Hicks are expected to return home. The Touchdown Club is sponsoring a pre-game gathering for special guests. Former rival coaches, Jim Hickam of Northside, and Willis White of Salem, will also be on hand to pay tribute to Hicks’ terrific career that saw him win 201 games in just 24 years at Pulaski County and 301 games in his career. Hicks averaged over eight wins a season for his 36-year head coaching career. He had only one losing season, his first one.
Hicks won 17 district championships at PCHS, six region titles, and a state championship in Group AAA, Division 6 in 1992. His 1993 Cougar squad was ranked 10th in the nation.
The game figures to be a humdinger too as Pulaski County will try to move to 3-0 on the season to avenge a difficult 28-27 defeat to the Eagles in Rocky Mount last season after making a terrific comeback.
Pulaski County leads the overall series between the two schools, 26-6, but the series will stop this season as Franklin chose not to renew the contract.
The Eagles come into the game 1-1 on the season after a victory over E.C. Glass in Lynchburg, and falling on the road to William Fleming last week. A victory for Pulaski County would be big as it would be a second straight win over a Group AAA opponent, and a trip to likely undefeated Jefferson-Forest is just a week away.
Ben Boyd’s Franklin Co. program has defeated the Cougars two straight years. The score was 27-6 in 2006. Prior to that game Pulaski County had won 16 straight games over the Eagles, and had not tasted defeat since 1988.
There will be no lineup changes for Pulaski County and don’t expect anything different from the Eagles either. Boyd will bring his customary power-I type of offense to Pulaski County and try to out-physical the Cougars.
“The next two weeks are really big for our team,” says Pulaski County head coach Jack Turner. “Franklin will bring it to us and we must be ready. Forest is going to be difficult and will likely be undefeated, but that’s two weeks away. First, it has to be Franklin. We need to beat this outfit after the last two years. This is no different than any other matchup with Franklin. You must beat them at the line of scrimmage. To win, we must play very physical, make no stupid penalties, execute, and be focused. If we do those things we should be okay, but if we don’t, we’ll be in a dogfight,” added Turner.
Pulaski County’s first unit defense has been terrific the first two games and in reality has been much better than the final scores indicate. In fact, the first two opponents, Northside and PH, finished with minus yards at the half.
Offensively, the Cougars have spread the wealth. Last season’s leading rusher, Nubian Peak, carried the football just five times last week as Jolly Martin was the leading rusher. The Cougars have been dominant at the line of scrimmage with Josh Miller, Brandon Hazzard, E.J. Dobbins, C.J. Burleson, Tahrick Peak, Seth Parris and Zane Quesenberry setting the pace, and the passing game behind quarterback Luke Walton has been extremely effective.
COUGAR PAUSE: One thing that will help the Cougars against Franklin will be the return to the defensive lineup for senior lineman Jared Cole who was held out of the PH game… Sophomore fullback Ramell Cobbs is, however, lost for the season due to a knee injury … Gates to Dobson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. … In other interesting River Ridge District and Region 4 games Friday, Blacksburg will travel to Bedford to play Liberty, Hidden Valley hosts strong Bassett, Salem will try to get back on the winning side of the ledger at William Byrd, Richlands, off to a slow start, will play at Abingdon, and Carroll County plays at undefeated Tazewell.

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