September 16, 2023
By: Dwayne Page
The DeKalb County Tigers scored three times in the first half but that’s all they needed in beating the Gordonsville Tigers 21-7 on Homecoming Friday night in Smithville.
DC improves to 3-2 on the season while Gordonsville drops to 2-3. Next week, DeKalb County will travel to Crossville to face region foe Stone Memorial. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.
The Panthers are 4-1. Their only loss has been to Meigs County Friday night 33 to 25. Stone Memorial has beaten Cookeville 25-20, Sweetwater 40-16, Cumberland County 35-0, and White County 28-26.
DeKalb County scored its first touchdown Friday night with 7:04 left in the 1st period on a 23-yard pass from Jordan Parker to Trace Hamilton capping a 64-yard drive. Adrian Prater booted the extra point and DC led 7-0.
Ari White scored the next TD of the game on a 3-yard run completing a 62-yard drive. Prater’s PAT put the Tigers up 14-0 with 7:46 left in the 2nd period.
After a failed fake punt by Gordonsville, DC started its next scoring drive on the visitors’ 35-yard line and cashed in on a 1-yard run by Jordan Parker with 32 seconds left in the first half. Prater kicked through the extra point and DeKalb County held a 21-0 lead by halftime.
Another first half highlight for DC was an Austin Nicholson interception of a Gordonsville pass.
The only score of the second half came on the first play of the 3rd period as Gordonsville’s Dalton Hancock raced 80 yards for a touchdown. Gavin Kemp converted the PAT but Gordonsville drew no closer and lost to the DeKalb County Tigers 21-7.
At halftime, Liberty State Bank presented a $9,056.35 check to the DeKalb County Board of Education through the bank’s DCHS debit card program which earns money for local schools.