Melvin Young ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Cannon County Lions to a 26-23 triumph over the DeKalb County Tigers at DC's Homecoming, Friday night in Smithville.
Young opened the game with a 53-yard touchdown run on the Lions' first drive, which kicked off a wild, high-scoring first half. DeKalb County answered on their first drive, as Steven McCormick scored on a three-yard end around, which tied the game, 7-7, after Juan Ruiz's extra point.
The Lions went back on top on Miguel Novoa's three-yard touchdown run, but a failed extra point attempt opened the door for the Tigers to take the lead, when they scored on Hunter Poteete's 27-yard scoring strike to Collin Patterson. Ruiz nailed his second PAT, and the Tigers took a 14-13 lead.
DeKalb County extended their lead midway through the second quarter, as Poteete somersaulted into the end zone from three yards out to give the Tigers a 20-13 lead, after the missed extra point. Cannon County tied the game late in the quarter on Young's 26-yard touchdown run.
J.J. Herriott carried the ball to the Lion 41-yard line on the ensuing kickoff, and the Tigers got in position to tack on a 26-yard Ruiz field goal, just before halftime, which gave DeKalb a 23-20 lead.
The offensive outburst of the first half was silenced in the second half, especially for the Tigers, who battled turnovers and a rejuvenated Lion defense. Randy Toombs' two-yard touchdown run with 8:41 left in the contest set the final score, as Cannon County claimed the three-point Homecoming upset.
Young finished with 102 yards on 10 carries for the Lions, while Toombs tacked on 81 more rushing yards. Matthew Lawrence led the Tigers' ground attack with 102 yards on 17 carries, while Poteete passed for a career-high 220 yards.
DeKalb County falls to 0-5 on the season, and will host Pearl-Cohn, this Friday night, at 7:30 p.m.