The DeKalb County High School Tigers will open the football season tonight at Warren County.
Kick-off is at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage on AM 1480/FM 101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby.
Coach Steve Trapp, speaking on WJLE’s Tiger Talk program, said he is hoping to get the season off to a great start.
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“X’s and O’s wise we have been a team that has been known for the past decade that likes throwing the football. I have been blessed with some very talented quarterbacks, wide receivers and some really good guys up front that were able to move and allow us to play that type of offense. As long as we keep getting those types of guys that is what we are going to keep doing. If that changes then we will have to change with it. But that’s what we are so I don’t foresee a whole lot of difference in what we have looked like for the past decade this year. We have a very talented guy (Quarterback Tyler Cantrell) that is getting the ball in their hands and we have some talented young men he can throw it to as well. It should be an exciting year on offense for us,” said Coach Trapp.
“Defensively we are going to line up and play what we are. We’ll play fast, physical, and get after it. Ultimately we want to stop the run first but a lot of those guys who are catching the football on offense are in the secondary so they should recognize it when that ball goes up in the air. When you have a pre-season and last year an All-State guy (Bradley Miller) that had eight interceptions, we feel pretty good what we have in the back end,” Coach Trapp added.
As for Warren County, Coach Trapp says the Pioneers have a very talented quarterback who can make things happen. “This guy (Isaiah Grayson) is a three year starter. He has the ability to scramble. That is a concern for us. We have preached to our guys to keep him caged up. He has the ability to throw if he has time to set his feet. We do want him to move but we don’t want him to get loose. Grayson also has some very good skilled guys he can hand the ball off and throw the ball to as well. I don’t believe they are as big as they were up front last year but they seem to be moving very well so it’s a quality opponent for us and a big time challenge. They have our respect so we will prepare to give it our best,” said Coach Trapp.
WJLE’s Pre-Game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5:00 p.m. featuring former UT football coach Phillip Fulmer and former UT assistant coach Doug Matthews with broadcaster Larry Stone talking Tennessee and SEC football.
“Coach to Coach” is followed by “Murphy’s Matchups at 6:00 p.m., a look at Tennessee High School Football from Murphy Fair with commentary on games and coaches interviews.
“Tiger Talk” debuts at 6:30 p.m. with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor interviewing Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger players Tyler Cantrell, Jesse Smith, and Bradley Miller.
The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with play by play coverage on WJLE with John Pryor and color commentary by Luke Willoughby.
WJLE thanks our sponsors of Tiger football:
*Wilson Bank & Trust
*Caney Fork Electric Cooperative
*Gill Automotive (DeKalb Tire & Service)
*Charles D. Atnip Realty & Auction Company
*Liberty State Bank
*DeKalb Funeral Chapel
*St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital
*Three Star Mall
*Bert Driver Nursery
*Alexandria Auto Parts
*Woodbury Insurance Agency
*Optimus Pest Solutions
Tiger Talk sponsors:
*Woodbury Insurance Agency
*Jim’s Tire & Alignment
*A Degree Above Heating & Cooling
*Belk Grocery and Sporting Goods
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