Tigers blanked by defensive War Eagles

October 26, 2007

The Sycamore War Eagles handed the DeKalb County High School Tiger football team its eighth loss of the season, Friday night in Smithville. War Eagle quarterback Jake Simms hit Tyler Cherry on a four-yard touchdown pass with 15.6 seconds remaining in the first half, and defensive end Brad Tucker dropped Tiger quarterback Hunter Poteete in the end zone, with 20.1 seconds left in the game, as Sycamore came away with a 9-0 victory over the Tigers.

The War Eagles used two long drives, one in each half, to eat up a large portion of the game clock. Sycamore's scoring drive consumed almost half of the second quarter, as they moved the ball 96 yards in 18 plays. DeKalb County's offense struggled to get going in the first half, as the Tigers managed three net yards and one first down.

Down only 7-0 entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers drove to the Sycamore 20-yard line in the early minutes of the last quarter, but Poteete was intercepted in the end zone by Sycamore's Cory Carrigan. The War Eagles then ate up over eight minutes of game clock on the ensuing drive, which produced no points, but left the Tigers only 2:54 to put points on the board. A turnover killed the next DeKalb drive, and Tucker's safety on Poteete put the game out of reach in the closing seconds of the final quarter.

For the game, the Tigers had 155 yards of total offense, 120 coming in the passing game. Sycamore ran the ball 51 times for 158 yards, and the War Eagles finished with a combined 192 yards of total offense.

DeKalb County falls to 1-8 overall and to 0-5 in region play. The Tigers will close out the season, next Friday night, at home against Macon County. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m.

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