Tigers and Bees to Meet in “The Battle of Center Hill” Tonight (Friday) (Listen to WJLE’s Tiger Talk Program Here)

October 14, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Tigers and Upperman Bees will meet in “The Battle of Center Hill” tonight (October 14) in Baxter. The Tigers are hoping to reclaim the oar from the Bees who have a five-game winning streak against the black and gold.


The oar, a trophy instituted a few years ago between these two schools, is affectionately nicknamed “The Battle of Center Hill,” because the teams are on opposite sides of Center Hill Lake.

The Tigers (6-1) will be looking for their fifth victory in a row this season and to remain in the hunt for the top spot in the region standings. The Bees come into this game at 5-2 overall. Both teams are 2-1 in region play.

The Class 4A Region 4 Overall Records and Region Standings are as follows:

Macon County: 7-1 (3-1) (Loss to Upperman 28-14)
Stone Memorial: 7-1 (3-1) (Loss to Macon County 35-34)
DeKalb County: 6-1 (2-1) (Loss to Macon County 21-13)
Upperman: 5-2 (2-1) (Loss to Stone Memorial 15-14)
Cumberland County: 1-7 (1-3) (Win over Livingston Academy 7-0)
Livingston Academy: 0-8 (0-4)

Tiger Coach Steve Trapp said the 48-0 homecoming win two weeks ago over Livingston Academy was very satisfying.

“It was a really good night for the Tigers. We did a lot of things well although we didn’t start the game quick. On our first offensive series we went three and out. That was the first time we had done that in quite a few weeks. We have been emphasizing start fast, stay fast, and finish fast but after that the guys really got it going. We made plays in all phases of the game, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown, and a defense scoop and score. We scored almost every way we could other than maybe a pick 6. I was really proud of the way they worked all week. Homecoming is always an exciting time but they focused in on their work and we capped off a really fun week with a really great victory,” he said.

Coach Trapp said tonight’s game against the Bees at Upperman should also be a great one.

“Upperman is a very disciplined and physical football team. They don’t do a whole lot schematically but what they do it’s done extremely well. You know what is coming at you. They will bring a physical run game and a big offensive line. They still have playmakers on the outside. With what they do offensively its almost like playing a wing-t. They just pound you and pound you but then they have the opportunity to hit a big pass play on you too so you have to be ready for everything and we have seen some new things from them. Defensively they are very solid. Its one of the better defenses that you will face. They are very disciplined. They tackle and fit their gaps well. They are in the right spots so this will be two good football teams going at each other and it could come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes,” said Coach Trapp.

WJLE’s Pre-Game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5:00 p.m. featuring former UT assistant coach Doug Matthews with former coach and Tennessee Titans Radio Play by Play Color Analyst Dave McGinnis and broadcaster Larry Stone talking Tennessee and SEC football.

“Coach to Coach” is followed by “Murphy’s Matchups at 6:00 p.m., a look at Tennessee High School Football from Murphy Fair with commentary on games and coaches’ interviews.

“Tiger Talk” airs at 6:30 p.m. with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor interviewing Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger football players Colby Barnes, Jordan Parker, and Wil Farris.

Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m. with play-by-play coverage on WJLE AM 1480 and WJLE FM 101.7 from the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby. You may also listen on the LIVE Stream at www.wjle.com

The DCHS 2022 Football Schedule is as follows:

August 19: Warren County-(Tigers won 35-34).
August 26: Smith County-(Tigers won 17-14)
September 1 (THURSDAY): Macon County*- (Tigers lost 21-13).
September 9: Watertown-(Tigers won 26-14)
September 16: Cumberland County* (Tigers won 48-13)
September 23: Cannon County- (Tigers won 55-7)
September 30: Livingston Academy* (HOMECOMING)-(Tigers won 48-0)
October 14: Upperman*-Baxter 7 p.m.
October 21: Goodpasture-Goodpasture 7 p.m.
October 28: Stone Memorial* Smithville 7 p.m.

WJLE will have LIVE coverage of each week’s games and LIVE streaming at www.wjle.com.