The DeKalb County Tigers are hoping to get their fourth straight victory and the fifth of the season Friday night as they travel to Lafayette to face the Macon County Tigers.
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If so, they will have to do it without their talented starting senior quarterback Steven Jennings, whose high school career ended last week after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the game at Smith County.
“He unfortunately tore his ACL and is to undergo surgery. His football career at DeKalb County is complete. He has had a great career. I know we would all like to see him finish out and do all the special things that he has done in the past but that wasn’t to be,” said Tiger Coach Steve Trapp on WJLE’s Tiger Talk Program.
“It was a rough weekend last week but ultimately when Monday started we had to move on and we just have to get our guys ready. The ones who need to step up. I sent a message to every single one of our players through our App that regardless of the injuries that we’ve had we still need people to step up. I’m super proud of the person Steven is and the type of football player he was for us,” said Coach Trapp.
Backup Junior Quarterback Tyler Cantrell will now guide the Tigers for the remainder of the season. Last week after Jennings’ injury, Cantrell came in the game and helped lead the Tigers to a 34-32 victory over the Owls.
DeKalb County is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the region with wins over Warren County 27-7, York Institute 28-21, Cumberland County 43-28, and Smith County 34-32. Their only loss has been to Stone Memorial 34-7.
Macon County is 3-2 and 0-2 in the region with wins over Smith County 34-12, Westmoreland 35-0, and Jackson County 62-42. Their losses have been to Pearl Cohn 50-14 and to Maplewood 38-17.
Listen for LIVE play by play coverage of the game with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby at 7:00 p.m.
WJLE’s pre-game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5:00 p.m. followed by “Murphy’s Matchups” at 6:00 p.m. and “Tiger Talk” at 6:30 p.m. featuring Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger Football players Nick May, Devin Zaderiko, and Tyler Cantrell.
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