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Saints edge Owls on 8th Grade Night

September 2, 2008

Ethan Roller tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Howell with 57.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Tuesday night, as the DeKalb Saints rallied past the Smith County Owls, 16-14, in their final home game of the regular season. The team's eighth grade members were honored in a pre-game ceremony at VanHooser Stadium.

After tossing the game-tying score, Roller squeezed into the end zone on a busted two-point conversion play to give the Saints the lead. The DMS defense rose to the occasion on the ensuing Smith County drive, and ensured victory by stopping the drive after the Owls lost seven yards in four plays.

DeKalb took the first lead of the game, as they capped off their first drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Roller to Sonny Young. Roller then found Will Molander on the two-point conversion, which gave the Saints an 8-0 lead with 26.6 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

Tigers end Watertown drought with 31-14 romp

August 29, 2008

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team improved their record to 2-0 on the young season by beating the Watertown Purple Tigers, 31-14, Friday night in Watertown. The win snapped Watertown's six-game win streak over DeKalb County, and was the Tigers' first victory in Watertown since 1974.

Tiger quarterback, Hunter Poteete, threw for 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but had a couple of early interceptions, including one by Blaze Eaton that was returned 26 yards for a touchdown. Ryan Huffman's extra point gave the Purple Tigers a 7-0 advantage with 6:20 on the clock in the first quarter.

Saints steamroll Lions at Homecoming

August 28, 2008

The DeKalb Middle School Saints put up 318 yards of total offense, and blew out the Cannon County Lions, 42-6, Thursday night, during Homecoming festivities. The win improves the Saints' record to 2-1 on the young season.

Zaxtin Fayete rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns, while Casey France tallied 107 ground yards and another score, as DMS opened up a 22-0 lead and never looked back. Fayette posted the first Saints' touchdown on a four-yard run, then came back with the second score on a 27-yard run. France broke free on a 10-yard run to the end zone for the third DMS touchdown.

Cannon County's only score came on a 55-yard run from scrimmage by Jarrett Melton, which cut the score to 22-6, but the Saints tacked on another touchdown on a 45-yard pass from Ethan Roller to Jason Judkins, with 1:54 left until halftime.

Tigers Open Season with 42-25 Win Over Warren County

August 23, 2008

The DeKalb County Tigers opened the football season with an impressive 42 to 25 win over border rival Warren County Friday night in Smithville. It was the Tigers' first win in a season opener since the 2004 season, and the team's first win in their four-game series with the Pioneers.

Junior quarterback, Hunter Poteete, threw for 220 yards and four touchdowns, while the Tiger defense logged six sacks and forced three Warren County turnovers. Poteete got DeKalb County on the board with a seven-yard rushing touchdown to cap off the game's opening drive. The Tigers went up 7 to nothing and never trailed throughout the game.

J.J. Herriott put up the next Tiger score, as he ran in from five yards out, with 5:40 left in the first quarter. Freshman kicker, Zach Taylor, nailed DC's first PAT attempt, but had his second one come up short as the Tigers took a 13 to 0 lead.

Saints shock Satterfield to stop skid

August 19, 2008

The DeKalb Middle School Saints stunned the visiting Satterfield Yellow Jackets, 20-16, in Smithville, Tuesday night, which put an end to the program's 17-game, two-plus year losing streak.

The Saints blew a 14-0 first half lead, and had to rally in the fourth quarter to earn the victory. Zaxtin Fayette capped off the first DMS drive with a 23-yard touchdown run. Fayette also added the two-point conversion run, as the Saints opened up an 8-0 lead with 7:04 left in the first quarter.

Will Molander put the Saints on the board, again, after their second drive. Molander raced 43 yards for the second DeKalb touchdown, and the score was 14-0 with 5:25 left in the second quarter after the failed PAT.

The Yellow Jackets answered on the ensuing drive, as fullback Victor Hardwick plowed 57 yards for a score. Tailback Seth Calhoun added the two-point conversion run, which trimmed the Saints' lead to 14-8, with 4:48 left in the half.

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