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DCHS Tigers Claim Region Championship in Thriller at Macon County

October 17, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Region Champs!

The DeKalb County Tigers clinched an historic regular season football championship of Class 4A Region 3 Friday night with a thrilling 24 to 20 come from behind win in the closing seconds of the game at Macon County.

Except for a meeting in two weeks against the winless Cumberland County Jets, DeKalb County has run the table at 3-0 in the region and owns the tiebreakers over both Macon County and Livingston Academy should the Tigers lose in the regular season finale at home against Crossville on October 30.

The moment is historic in that it’s the first region title for a DCHS Tiger football team in the school’s 57 year history. The distinction also assures the team of a first round home state play-off game in three weeks.

It wasn’t easy.

After playing to a scoreless tie through the first period, the Tigers grabbed the lead in the 2nd period and held onto it until late in the 4th quarter when Macon County scored a go ahead touchdown. But with 45 seconds left, DC completed a game winning scoring drive and then later stopped Macon County on a 4th down quarterback sack to seal the victory.

DeKalb County’s first score came on a 10 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Axel Aldino to Desmond Nokes, capping a 9 play 63 yard drive with 3:43 left in the 2nd period. Kicker Jasper Kleparek came on for the PAT and the Tigers led 7-0.

Macon County answered with 2:18 left in the 2nd period on a 9 yard touchdown run by Hunter Herron, capping a 60 yard drive. Cameron Houston failed to connect on the PAT but Macon County got on the board trailing DC 7 to 6.

On their next possession, the DC Tigers struck quickly as Aldino found Nokes on a pass play good for 60 yards and a touchdown with 2:03 left in the half. Kleparek added the extra point and DeKalb County took a 14-6 lead.

Macon County then mounted a 66 yard touchdown scoring drive which Quarterback Braydee Brooks completed on a 3 yard keeper to cut the DC lead to 14 to 12 after Macon County’s 2 point conversion attempt to tie the game failed with 6 seconds left before halftime.

Neither team scored in the 3rd period but in the 4th DeKalb County expanded its lead to 17-12 on a 34 yard field goal by kicker Jasper Kleparek.

Macon County then got the ball and drove down the field scoring on a 4 yard touchdown run to give them their first and only lead of the game. The 2 point conversion was good on a pass from Brooks to Herron and Macon County pulled ahead 20-17 with just over 3 minutes left in the game.

DeKalb County started its last drive of the night from its own 25 yard line and drove 10 plays before Aldino found Nokes on a 14 yard game winning touchdown scoring pass play with 45 seconds remaining on the clock. Kleparek knocked home the extra point and DeKalb County went on to win 24-20.

DeKalb County has an open date next Friday, October 23 but will complete the regular season at home against winless Cumberland County in two weeks on October 30. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Class 4A Region 3 standings and team records:
*DeKalb County: 6-3 (3-0)
*Macon County: 6-2 (2-1)
*Livingston Academy: 5-3 (2-1)
*Stone Memorial: 3-5 (1-3)
*Cumberland County: 0-8 (0-3)

Over 1,400 Vote Early Through Saturday in DeKalb County

October 16, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Over 1,400 people have cast ballots early in DeKalb County for the November 3 election.

A total of 268 voted Saturday including 247 in person and 21 by absentee. That brings the turnout for the first four days of early voting to 1,456.

Voting totals for the previous three days were as follows:

Wednesday, October 14- 528 cast ballots including 287 in person and 241 by absentee.

Thursday, October 15 – 320 voted including 303 in person and 17 absentees

Friday, October 16- 340 including 336 in person and 4 absentees

Early Voting is underway through October 29 in the first floor courtroom of the courthouse.

Early voting hours are as follows:

Mondays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except the last Thursday, Oct. 29 when the hours will be 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except the last Friday, October 23 when the hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Saturdays 9 a.m. to Noon.

Also, safeguards will be in place to help protect both workers and voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caney Fork Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting Saturday

October 16, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Members of Caney Fork Electric Cooperative are invited to the cooperative’s annual membership meeting Saturday, October 17th to be held in the student parking area at the Warren County High School.

Due to Covid-19 precautions, CFEC will be hosting a drive-thru Voting from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be no business meeting held this year. Cooperative members voting in the director’s election will receive a free gift and will be registered for door prizes to be given away at a later time. (you do not have to be present to win)

The following members have been nominated for director positions by the Committee on Nominations: Michael E. Bouldin of Area I-Warren and Coffee Counties; Johnny R. Crain of Area II- Van Buren and Grundy Counties; and Glen H. Page of Area III- Cannon and DeKalb Counties. No members were nominated for director positions by petition of members.

Make plans to join them in a drive-thru voting for the annual membership meeting of Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, Saturday, October 17th at the Warren County High School.

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