Tigers Lose 35-9 at Station Camp

September 22, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team lost for the fourth time
in as many tries this season, as the local team dropped a 35-9 decision at
Station Camp, Friday night. The loss also dropped the Tigers to 0-2 in
Region 4-3A.

Neither team scored on their opening drives, as the Tigers stopped the
Bison at the DC three-yard line on the opening drive of the game, but a
Hunter Poteete fumble three plays into the ensuing Tiger drive gave
Station Camp the ball back at the Tiger three. The Bison needed three
plays, after a false start penalty, before tailback, Richard Bailey plowed
in from five yards out. Matt Hinricher added the extra point to give
Station Camp a 7-0 lead, with 5:32 left in the opening quarter.

DeKalb County answered with a field goal on their next drive, as Juan Ruiz
capped off a 12-play, 68-yard drive with a 23-yard field goal, which
trimmed the Bison lead to 7-3, as the second quarter was getting underway.

While the Tigers gave the Bison a battle, the team ranked seventh in this
past week's state Class 3A poll put three touchdowns on the board in the
second quarter to open up a 28-3 halftime lead. Quarterback Matthew
Johnson hit split end L'Darius Moore on a 52-yard touchdown strike, and
fullback Taylor Lane added another score on a two-yard touchdown dive on
the next Bison drive. Bailey wrapped up the first half scoring with his
second touchdown of the night, this time on a two-yard run. Hinricher was
perfect on all his extra point attempts, as Station Camp opened up a
comfortable margin at the half.

DeKalb County opened the second half with a 12-play, 65-yard drive that
ended with a four-yard scoring pass from Poteete to Collin Patterson.
Poteete also converted a key 4th-and-29 to keep the drive alive, as he hit
Travon Jonson on a 30-yard strike to set the Tigers up with first-and-goal
at the Bison four-yard line.

Turnovers killed the next drive for each team, and the Bison put the final
score on the board with 4:24 left in the game on a 46-yard touchdown pass
from Johnson to Bailey. DeKalb County drove once more deep into Bison
territory, but the pressure on Poteete resulted in two sacks of the young
quarterback and a forced incompletion on fourth-and-long. The final Tiger
drive ended when Poteete fumbled the ball away at the DeKalb County
27-yard line.

Bailey led Station Camp's 290-yard rushing attack with 158 yards on 19
carries with a pair of touchdowns. Johnson, meanwhile, completed 3-of-7
passes for 123 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.

Matthew Lawrence ran the ball 16 times for 64 yards to lead the Tiger
rushing attack. Through the air, Poteete was 10-of-20 for 170 yards with
one touchdown and one interception. Patterson caught for passes for 48
yards with one touchdown. Abram Edwards caught three balls for 51 yards,
Travon Johnson had two catches for 58 yards, while Lawrence caught one
pass for 13 yards.

The Tigers turned the ball over three times, while Station Camp had one
giveaway.

DeKalb County will return home, next Friday night, and host Cannon County
for Homecoming. Homecoming activities will begin Monday at DCHS, all
leading up to Friday's football game, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

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