The DeKalb County Tigers, who led most of the game, watched it slip away Friday night as the Hixson Wildcats came from behind on their home field to win 22 to 21.
The loss drops the Tiger record to 3-3 on the season.
DeKalb County took a 2 to nothing lead late in the first period when Hixson's Curtis Flanagan recovered his own fumble in the Wildcat endzone for a Tiger safety. That was the score at the end of the first period.
The Tigers dodged a bullet with 2:38 to go in the second quarter as an eight yard touchdown run by Hixson's Curtis Flanagan was negated by a penalty on Hixson.
Justin Matheson also misfired on a 33 yard field goal attempt for the Wildcats with 1:38 left in the second quarter
The halftime score was 2 to nothing in favor of DeKalb County.
The offenses for both teams sparked to life in the second half.
DeKalb County capped a 52 yard drive with 5:38 left in the third period on a one yard quarterback keeper by Hunter Poteete. The P.A.T. attempt by Zach Taylor was blocked but the Tigers led 8 to 0.
The Tiger defense got on the board later in the third period as Matt Giles picked off a pass and raced 60 yards for a touchdown. Again, Taylor's extra point attempt was blocked but DeKalb County led 14-0.
Hixson scored their first touchdown of the game with 1:20 left in the third quarter on a 14 yard touchdown run by Curtis Flanagan. Justin Matheson's P.A.T. attempt was blocked and the Tiger lead was cut to 14 to 6. That was the score at the end of the third period.
DeKalb County stretched their lead with 10:05 left in the fourth quarter as Quarterback Hunter Poteete found Travon Johnson on a 10 yard touchdown pass play. The P.A.T. by Zach Taylor was good and the Tigers led 21-6.
Hixson's Curtis Flangan broke free on a 71 yard touchdown run with 6:21 left in the game. Quarterback Zach McCarter also scored on a two point conversion run to cut the Tiger lead to 21-14.
The Wildcats took the lead with 2:12 left in the game as quarterback Zach McCarter scored on a 10 yard touchdown run and then took it in on the two point conversion run to give his team a 22 to 21 lead over the Tigers.
DeKalb County had one more chance and almost took advantage of it. After the kickoff, the Tigers started their final drive of the night near midfield and after a couple of plays had moved down to the Wildcat five yard line. But Quarterback Hunter Poteete fumbled around the Hixson two yard line with less than a minute to go in the game.
The Wildcats took over and ran out the clock. Hixson wins 22-21.
Next Friday night, DeKalb County travels to Jamestown to take on the York Institute Dragons in a District 8AA contest. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage. The Tiger district record is 1-1.