The DeKalb County Tigers fell to the Warren County Pioneers 26-10 in the season opener at McMinnville Friday night.
All the scoring in the game was in the 1st half.
The Pioneers marched down field on their first drive going 66 yards to score on a 23 yard quarterback keeper by Isaiah Grayson. The 2 point conversion attempt failed but Warren County led 6-0 with 7:26 left in the 1st period.
After Bradley Miller returned the pigskin to the Pioneer 40 yard line on the ensuing kick-off, the Tigers capped the drive on a 31 yard field goal by Andrew Fuson to cut Warren County’s lead to 6-3 with 3:18 left in the 1st period.
The Pioneers recovered a mishandled DeKalb County punt at the Tiger 28 yard line and drove for another score as Eathan Cowan took it in from one yard out. The conversion attempt failed but Warren County led 12-3 with 10:36 left in the 2nd period.
DeKalb County’s Bradley Miller returned the ensuing kick to the 20 yard line of the Pioneers. Miller then capped the drive on a 2 yard touchdown run with 8:31 left in first half. Andrew Fuson tacked on the extra point and DeKalb County trailed 12-10.
The Pioneers extended their lead on a 10 yard touchdown run by Ja’Terrius Rozier with 3:38 left in the 2nd period capping a 68 yard drive. The conversion attempt failed but Warren County led 18-10.
The last score of the game came with 40 seconds left until halftime as Pioneer quarterback Isaiah Grayson scrambled on what looked to be a passing play but raced into the endzone from 27 yards out capping an 81 yard drive. Rozier scored on the 2 point conversion to give Warren County a 26-10 lead which was also the final score of the game.
DeKalb County will travel to Baxter next Friday night, August 25 to take on the Upperman Bees. WJLE will have LIVE coverage at 7:00 p.m.