Dickens Readies for Season Opener

Damion Dickens and his Holmes County Central teammates took the field Saturday against one of the best teams in the Magnolia State, Noxubee County. The two teams traded punches, with Noxubee coming out on top 12-0. The contest proved to be more competitive than most expected. One of the big reasons why was the play of Damion Dickens had recorded a pair of sacks.

"I think I did okay," Dickens said of his showing. "We are just a group of kids who are willing to work hard. We just have a strong mentality."

Dickens reports that his team took the field on Saturday expecting to win. While the game should serve as a confidence boosters, Dickens says his team is playing to win and not just keep it close.

"Half of us have been playing the game since pee-wee league," Dickens said. "We know how the game goes. We are working hard and trying to win games."

While head football coach Tony Woolfolk and his staff did their best to encourage the team after the loss, Dickens reports that the one thing that will help him move on is getting back on the practice field.

"I am just ready for a hard day of practice on Monday," Dickens said. "This is behind us now. We play South Delta on Friday, so we have to get ready for a tough game with them."

Mississippi State was the first to offer Dickens a scholarship. Ole Miss and a handful of others quickly followed suit. Dickens attended the Bulldogs' June camp sessions as an observer and then returned to work out during the Big Dawg camp. His time that Friday night was a bit abbreviated due to some transportation issues, but Dickens remains in touch with the Bulldogs.

"I am still in touch with Mississippi State," Dickens said. "Right now, I am just trying to focus on the season and then I will wait and see what happens with everything else."

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