November 8, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
In their first ever meeting, the DeKalb County Tigers will host the Tullahoma Wildcats in the opening round of the TSSAA football playoffs tonight in Smithville.
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The Tigers concluded the regular season last week at 6-4 and runners-up in Region 3-4A while Tullahoma finished 7-3 and third place in Region 4-4A.
This will be the 9th consecutive state playoff appearance for the Tigers and the 11th in Steve Trapp’s 15 years as head coach of the program. Their last state playoff game at home was in 2016. Tonight’s game will be the 16th playoff game in DCHS history. Their overall playoff record is 3-12, dating back to the Tiger’s first appearance in 1985.
Coach Trapp is hoping Tiger fans show up in large numbers tonight to show their Tiger Pride.
“This is special. Its an opportunity for our school, community, and hometown to come out. It helps a lot when our hometown crowd comes out to support us. We have got everything going for us here at home and we put a lot of pride in everything we have here. When our fans come through the gates and look at what we have I want them to feel responsible and take a lot of pride in it like we do as players and coaches because if it wasn’t for our fans we wouldn’t have what we have. I want our fans, our school, administration, and everybody who has Tiger Pride to come out and support us and get loud for us. Join us in being proud that our guys have earned the opportunity to play at home against somebody we have never played before. It’s a quality opponent. I think its going to be a great ballgame,” said Coach Trapp.
This season DeKalb County has beaten Stone Memorial 33-0, Grundy County 49-12, Cannon County 41-10, Smith County 28-24, Macon County 26-13, and Cumberland County 41-6 and lost to Warren County 35-21, Upperman 35-0, Watertown 42-20, and Livingston Academy 31-0.
Tullahoma has beaten Coffee County 35-0, Franklin County 47-14, Spring Hill 50-10, Lincoln County 34-14, Lawrence County 30-7, Giles County 49-28, and Maplewood 35-0. The Wildcats have lost to Shelbyville 14-7, Marshall County 30-6, and to Nolensville 13-7.
Kick-off will be tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m.
WJLE’s pre-game shows begin with “Coach to Coach” at 5 p.m. featuring former coaches Doug Matthews, Dave McGinnis, and broadcaster Larry Stone.
“Tiger Talk” begins at 6:30 p.m. featuring DCHS Coach Steve Trapp and Tiger Football Players Nathaniel Crook, Tyzaun Ladet ,and Caven Ponder. John Pryor, the Voice of the Tigers, is the host of the program.
WJLE’s “LIVE” play by play coverage starts at 7 p.m. with the Voice of the Tigers John Pryor and Luke Willoughby.
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