The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team put the finishing touches on the pre-season with a 20-0 shutout of Jackson County in the Tennessee Tech Jamboree. The game consisted of two 12-minute quarters, with the clock running consistently.
The Tigers scored on three of their four possessions, and the defense held the Blue Devils to minus-35 yards of offense. Tiger quarterback, Hunter Poteete, capped off the first DC drive with a 28-yard touchdown run. Zack Taylor kicked the extra point to put the Tigers on top, 7-0, with 6:28 on the clock in the first period.
Matthew Lawrence delivered the second score on a seven-yard scamper. Taylor missed the point afterm but DC went up 13-0 with 10:25 left in the second. The DeKalb second team came in for the third possession, and quarterback, Russell Ambrose, raced 12 yards for the third Tiger touchdown. Taylor nailed the PAT, and DeKalb went on top, 20-0. The game ended as the fourth Tiger drive had reached the Jackson County 21 yard line.
The Tigers rushed for 145 yards on 14 carries, led by Lawrence with 52 yards on five carries. Kevin Kijanski carried the ball twice for 34 yards, while Poteete ran the ball four times for 31 yards. Matthew Collier had 16 yards on two carries, while Ambrose had one carry for 12 yards. Poteete was 1-for-2 through the air for 43 yards, that pass going to Abram Edwards.
The Tigers will officially open the season next Friday night, as the Warren County Pioneers visit for a Week Zero clash. The Pioneers have beaten the Tigers in the last three season openers. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. from the VanHooser Stadium, and WJLE will have live coverage of the game.