The DeKalb County Tigers had hopes of celebrating their first ever state high school football play-off game in Smithville with a big victory Friday night but the Giles County Bobcats stood in their way, defeating the black and gold 35-28.
With the loss, the curtain comes down on the Tigers' season which saw them go 8-3 overall, with losses only to Smith County, Livingston Academy and Giles County. Their wins were over Warren County, Clay County, Cannon County, White County, Hixson, Upperman, Macon County, and York Institute.
In Friday night's state play-off game, the Tigers struck first on a nine yard touchdown run by Will Molander. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and DeKalb County led 7-0 with 6:41 left in the first period.
Giles County's Clay Whetsel attempted a 33 yard field goal later but the kick was no good and the Tigers held a 7-0 advantage by the end of the first quarter.
The Bobcats evened the score with 4:45 left in the second period on a one yard touchdown run by Nieco Walker. The P.A.T. by Clay Whetsel was good and the game was tied 7-7.
With 2:59 left in the second quarter, Tiger Zach Thompson caught a pass from quarterback Lucas Phillips near midfield, but Giles County's Kenton Baker stripped it and returned the pigskin 50 yards for a Bobcat touchdown. The P.A.T. by Whetsel was good and the visitors took a 14-7 lead.
The Tigers tied the game with 2:28 left in the second period on a 21 yard pass play from quarterback Lucas Phillips to Zach Thompson. Zach Taylor's P.A.T. was good the game was tied at 14-14.
Giles County grabbed the lead again with 50 seconds left in the half on a two yard touchdown run by Nieco Walker. Whetsel's P.A.T. was good and the Bobcats led 21-14 at halftime.
DeKalb County tied the game again with 1:43 left in the third quarter on a six yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Lucas Phillips to Zach Taylor. The P.A.T. by Taylor was also good and the score was 21-21
The Bobcats struck again with 35.7 seconds left in the third period on a 42 yard touchdown pass play from quarterback Al Cobb to Kenton Baker. Whetsel's P.A.T. was good and Giles County was back on top leading 28-21.
Tiger quarterback Lucas Phillips scored on a two yard touchdown run with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter. Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and the game was tied at 28-28.
Giles County broke the tie for good with 8:36 left in the fourth quarter on a three yard touchdown run by Nieco Walker. The P.A.T by Whetsel was good and the Bobcats went on to win 35-28.