The DeKalb County Tigers are still in search of the first win of the season after losing their second straight game at home Friday night, this time to the Stone Memorial Panthers 35 -17.
DC lost their season opener last week to Warren County 34 to 30 in Smithville.
For the Tigers, the game with Stone Memorial was similar in some ways to the one with Warren County. DC took an early lead only to see their opponents come from behind and take command of the game with a strong running attack.
The Panthers scored all five of their touchdowns on the ground.
DeKalb County drew first blood with 7:51 in the opening period on a one yard touchdown run by Luke Boss on a fourth and goal play. Matthew Poss added the extra point to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. The scoring drive started at the Panther 16 yard line after a great punt return by Aaron Patterson.
DeKalb County extended its lead to 10-0 with 10:03 left in the second period on a 29 yard field goal by Matthew Poss.
Stone Memorial then got their ground game going. With 3:56 left in the second period, the Panther's Justin Johnson scored the first of his three touchdowns of the night on a one yard run. Colton Akins added the extra point and the visitors trailed 10-7.
Quarterback Austin Helton put the Panthers on top with 40 seconds before halftime on a one yard touchdown run. Akins converted the extra point and Stone Memorial led 14-10 at halftime.
Johnson scored his second TD of the game with 8:06 left in the third period on a seven yard run and with the extra point by Akins, the Panthers had built a 21-10 lead.
Stone Memorial went up 28 to 10 with 2:18 left in the third quarter on a four yard touchdown run by Johnson, this third TD of the game. Akins added the extra point.
The Tigers got their only points of the second half with 8:51 left in the fourth period on a seven yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Steven Jennings to Drew Castorena. Matthew Poss added the extra point to cut the Panthers lead to 28-17.
Panthers quarterback Austin Helton scored his second TD of the game with 12 seconds left on a six yard run. Akins added the extra point and Stone Memorial won 35-17.
DeKalb County now hits the road for the next five games. They will be at Livingston Academy Friday night, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage on AM 1480/FM101.7 and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com