A special teams play proved to be a big difference Thursday night as Franklin held off Dickson County 16-14 in the District 11-AAA opener for both schools. The Rebels improved to 2-0 overall while the Cougars remain winless through three games. Just before the end of the first half, Franklin’s Carson Young got a hand on a Cougar punt and returned it for a touchdown to extend the Rebels’ lead to 16-7 at intermission. Dickson County managed to cut it to 16-14 in the fourth quarter after a 49-yard Otis Gerron touchdown, his second of the night. But a last-minute field goal to give Dickson County the lead fell short and Franklin ran out the clock for the win. Gerron finished with 97 yards rushing and touchdowns of 10 and 49 yards. Franklin got a 61-yard passing score and a 48-yard field goal along with the punt return, all in the second quarter. A Rebel touchdown pass just before the half was wiped out by a penalty. Dickson County will host Houston from Germantown next week. Tonight, Creek Wood High School opens District 11-AA action hosting Hickman County. Kickoff is at 7:30 and pregame coverage on the RFC Sports Network begins at 6:30 pm. In middle school action last night, West Wilson’s Wildcats blanked Dickson Middle School 20-0. After starting the game by recovering an onside kick, the Wildcats played ball-control offense, eating up six minutes with their first possession ending in a touchdown. The Dragons ran only six offensive plays in the first half. A 95-yard kickoff return by Demontez Coleman was called back on a penalty as the Dragons fell to 2-2. The William James Colonels got their first win of the season with a 6-0 decision over Hickman County in White Bluff. The Colonels improve to 1-3.