Despite two delays due to heavy rains and lightning, the DeKalb County
Tigers and Warren County Pioneers finished up their high school season
opener, Friday night, with the game wrapping up just a few minutes before
midnight. When all was said and done, the Pioneers dealt the Tigers their
third straight season-opening loss, with a 24-0 decision at Nunley Stadium
Warren County picked up a first down on the game's first drive, but the
drive stalled out at the Tiger 48-yard line. DeKalb County ran one
offensive play before lightning forced officials to send the teams to the
locker rooms. An hour and a half later, after heavy rains soaked the
stadium and drove several fans away, the game resumed. When it did, Tiger
quarterback, Hunter Poteete, threw an interception on the first Tiger play
to kill the drive.
Set up at the Tiger 21-yard line, it took the Pioneers three plays to get in
field goal range. Kicker, Tony Garibaldi, nailed a 35-yard field goal to
give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead, with 6:39 left in the opening quarter.
DeKalb County drove to the Pioneer 10-yard line on their next offensive
series, but the drive stalled after Poteete was stopped for no gain on
fourth down and four. Each team went three-and-out on their ensuing
possessions, but the Pioneers cashed in on their following possession.
Tailback, Jay Hutchings, scampered in from nine yards out, and Garibaldi
booted the extra point to give Warren County a 10-0 lead, with 8:02 left in
the first half.
The Tigers struggled to move the ball on their next offensive series, and
were forced to punt after a three-and-out. The Pioneers got the ball back
at the Tiger 44-yard line, and promptly moved that distance in nine plays,
capped off by Kyle Mullican's one-yard lunge into the end zone. Garibaldi
kicked his second PAT, and the score was 17-0, in favor of the Pioneers.
DeKalb had one last drive before halftime, but time ran out before the team
could get something going. As the teams headed for the locker room, the
storms began, again, and play was halted for almost two hours.
When play resumed, the Tigers came back with an offensive flurry, and moved
the ball to the Warren County 23-yard line. There, Tyler Woods attempted a
40-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked at the line of scrimmage.
Garibaldi attempted a 49-yarder at the end of the next Pioneer drive, but
his effort was well short.
Using a stingy defense and a plodding ground attack, Warren County was able
to keep the clock running and the ball out of the Tigers' hands. Fullback,
Morgan Wilcher, put the icing on the cake with a two-yard touchdown run,
with 11:14 left in the fourth quarter. Garibaldi nailed another extra
point, and the Pioneers took a 24-0 lead.
DeKalb County drove inside the Pioneer 20 twice more, but only to be denied
each time. With subs on the field, the Pioneers were able to run the final
minutes off the clock.
The Tigers ran the ball 29 times for 140 yards, led by Brent Collier, with
38 yards on six carries. Corey Cripps had 36 yards on eight carries, while
Hunter Poteete tallied 25 yards on eight carries. Through the air, Poteete
was 4-of-18, for 25 yards, with two interceptions. Steven McCormick caught
two passes for seven yards, while Collin Patterson and Abram Edwards each
caught a pass for ten and four yards, respectively.
Warren County finished the night with 251 rushing yards on 48 carries, while
quarterback, Kyle Mullican, completed 2-of-5 passes, for 21 yards.
DeKalb County opens the season 0-1, and will host Watertown in their home
opener, next Friday night, at 7:30 p.m.