The DeKalb County Tigers were held scoreless in the first half, but exploded for 33 points in the second half, even without their starting quarterback Hunter Poteete, in beating the Upperman Bees Saturday night at Tennessee Tech 33 to 14.
The win improves the Tiger record to 6-3 on the season and 3-1 in District 8 Double-A.
Poteete came out of the game early in the second quarter and did not return. He apparently had a tendon injury in his left ankle.
The only score in the first half came on the first play of the second quarter as Upperman Quarterback Mason Young took it into the endzone on a three yard run. The P.A.T. by Caleb Robishaub was good and the Bees led 7-0 with 11:57 left in the second period.
Upperman took the opening kick-off of the third period and scored on an 88 yard return by Mason Young. Caleb Robishaub converted on the P.A.T. and the Bees led 14-0 with 11:45 left in the third period.
The Tigers got on the board with 9:50 left in the third period as Shane Salley, who replaced Poteete at quarterback, found Justin Bragg on a six yard touchdown pass. The drive covered thirty yards in six plays. The P.A.T. by Zach Taylor was good and the Tigers trailed 14-7.
DeKalb County struck again with 5:38 left in the third period on a 75 yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Shane Salley to Abram Edwards. Taylor's P.A.T. attempt was no good but the Tigers were within one point at 14-13.
On the ensuing kick-off, Upperman's Mason Young lost the handle on the return as he was hit. The pigskin popped up in the air and into the arms of DeKalb County's Sebastian Phillips who returned it 15 yards for a touchdown. Zach Taylor's P.A.T. was good and the Tigers took the lead for the first time in the game 20-14 with 5:22 left in the third period.
The Tigers expanded their lead with 20 seconds left in the third period on a 56 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Shane Salley to Abram Edwards. Zach Taylor's P.A.T. was good and DeKalb County led 27-14.
The last score of the night came with 7:04 to go in the fourth period on an 83 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Shane Salley to Abram Edwards.. The 2 point conversion attempt failed but DeKalb County went on to win 33-14.
The Tigers will play their last regular season game on Friday, October 30th at home as they face the Livingston Academy Wildcats in an important district game. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.