The DeKalb County Tigers were leading 35 to 0 early in the third quarter but had to hold on to win 35 to 26 over their border rivals from Cannon County Friday night in Smithville.
The 9 point win gives the Tigers a 2-1 record and a 1-0 start in District 8AA.
DeKalb County Quarterback Hunter Poteete got the Tigers on the board first on a six yard touchdown run with 3:52 to go in the first period. The P.A.T. by Zack Taylor was good and the black and gold led 7-0.
In the second quarter with 11:12 to go, Travon Johnson caught a seven yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Poteete and with the P.A.T by Zack Taylor, the Tigers led 14-0.
With 10:04 left in the second period, Poteete found Matt Giles on a pass play that covered 42 yards for a touchdown and the P.A.T. by Zack Taylor put the Tigers on top 21-0
Frank Morris caught a one yard touchdown pass from Poteete with 4:37 left in the second quarter. The P.A.T. by Taylor was good and DeKalb County led 28-0.
The Tigers last touchdown of the night came from the defense. With 10:57 left in the third period, Abram Edwards picked off a pass from Cannon County Quarterback Andrew Wooden and returned it 49 yards for the score. The P.A.T. by Taylor was good and the Tigers held a commanding 35 to 0 lead.
DeKalb County later attempted but failed to connect on a 37 yard field goal by Taylor.
Cannon County started their comeback with 9:14 left in the third period on a 13 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Andrew Wooden to Daniel Wooden. The two point conversion try failed and the Tiger lead was trimmed to 35 to 6.
In the fourth quarter with 11:32 to go, Lions Quarterback Andrew Wooden hooked up with Daniel Wooden again, this time on an 80 yard touchdown pass play. Heath Simons then caught a pass from Wooden for the two point conversion and the Tiger lead was cut to 35 to 14.
Cannon County struck again with 11:10 left in the game, as Quarterback Wooden found Heath Simons on a 40 yard touchdown pass play. The try for the two point conversion failed but the Tiger lead had shrunk to 35 to 20.
The Lions put their last touchdown on the board with 6:27 left in the game as Thomas Agee caught a six yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Wooden. The two point conversion try failed and DeKalb County's lead was down to nine points at 35 to 26.
Cannon County failed to convert a fourth down late in the game to keep their final drive alive and the Tigers got the ball back and ran out the clock to preserve their lead and notch the win.
Next week, DeKalb County will host the White County Warriors for Homecoming. Kick off will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday night, September 11th. WJLE will have LIVE coverage