Tigers Stung by Bees
The oar will remain in Baxter.
For the fifth straight year the Upperman Bees have won “The Battle of Center Hill” after knocking off the DeKalb County Tigers 24-14 in Smithville Friday night. In the process, the Bees snapped the Tigers’ four game winning streak this season and dashed DeKalb County’s hopes of claiming another regular season region championship. Something the Tigers did for the first time in program history last year.
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 winner of the annual grudge match gets to keep the oar for a year until the next meeting.
It was also the Tennessee Titans’ high school football game of the week as voted on by the fans with the winning team getting $2,000 and the winning coach being named “Coach of the Week”.
The battle Friday night between DeKalb County and Upperman remained close until late in the fourth period with each team having the lead twice during the game.
DeKalb County scored first on a 40 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Briz Trapp to Isaac Knowles with 5:45 left in the 1st period. Axel Aranda came on for the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0.
Anthony Maccarone got the Bees on the board with 11:54 left in the 2nd period on the strength of a 24 yard field goal to cut the Tiger lead to 7-3.
Upperman jumped ahead for the first time with 13 seconds remaining in the 3rd period on a 54 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Ty Dutchess to Daniel Metzger. Maccarone added the extra point and the Bees led 10-7.
Facing 3rd down and 23, DeKalb County regained the lead with 9:05 left in the 4th period as Briz Trapp found John Ellis for a 27 yard touchdown pass. Aranda booted the extra point and the Tigers were on top 14-10.
The Bees then marched down field and scored on an 18 yard touchdown pass from Dutchess to Jaxson Bush with 5:25 left in the 4th period. Maccarone kicked through the extra point and Upperman took the lead again 17-14.
On their next drive, DeKalb County moved into Upperman territory but a fumble handed the ball back to the Bees and they made the most of it completing a 55 yard drive on a 1 yard touchdown run by Jaxson Rollins with 36 seconds left in the game. Maccarone added the extra point and Upperman went on to claim a 24-14 victory.
DeKalb County will host Goodpasture (2-4) next Friday night, October 22 for their last regular season home game. Senior night kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.
Region Standings as of Saturday, October 16:
Upperman: 7-1 (4-0)
Macon County: 6-2 (3-1)
DeKalb County: 5-3 (2-2)
Stone Memorial: 5-3 (2-2)
Cumberland County: 4-4 (1-3)
Livingston Academy: 0-8 (0-4)
Tigers Stand Tall at Warren County
Colby Barnes scored three rushing touchdowns and Isaac Knowles had a “Pick 6” to lead the DeKalb County Tigers to a 28-0 win at Warren County Friday night.
The win puts the Tigers at 5-2 on the year while Warren County drops to 1-4.
The next test for the Tigers may be the biggest so far this season as they host Upperman Friday night, October 15. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage. The Bees sport a record of 6-1 and lead the region standings at 3-0.
The Tiger defense stood tall in the game Friday night recording its first shutout of the season.
Barnes scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 7 yard run with 7:37 left in the 1st period. Axel Aranda came on for the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0.
Barnes gave DC a two touchdown advantage with 10:03 left in the 3rd period on a 23 yard run. Aranda added the extra point and the Tigers led 14-0.
Isaac Knowles picked off a Pioneer pass with 1:29 left in the 3rd period and returned it 60 yards for a score. Aranda booted the extra point and the Tigers had a 21-0 cushion.
Barnes got his third and final touchdown of the game with 8:01 left in the 4th period on a 7 yard run. Aranda kicked through the extra point and the Tigers went on to claim a 28-0 victory.
Region Standings as of Saturday, October 9:
Upperman: 6-1 (3-0)
Macon County: 5-2 (2-1)
DeKalb County: 5-2 (2-1)
Stone Memorial: 5-2 (2-1)
Cumberland County: 4-4 (1-3)
Livingston Academy: 0-8 (0-4)
Tigers Keep Livingston Academy Winless
The DeKalb County Tigers won their third consecutive game of the season while keeping the Livingston Academy Wildcats winless in a rare Thursday night football game played at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The final score was 45-15.
All Livingston Academy home games are being played at Tech this season due to renovations to the Wildcats’ home stadium and field.
The victory for the Tigers puts their overall record at 4-2 and 2-1 in the Region. Livingston Academy drops to 0-6 and 0-3 in the Region. Next week was supposed to be a bye week for DeKalb County but the Tigers will play a makeup game at Warren County. The game, originally scheduled as the season opener, was postponed due to a COVID exposure in the Pioneer program. Warren County is currently 1-2 and scheduled to play at Coffee County tonight (Friday, October 1). The Pioneers have lost to Mount Juliet 38-20 and Siegel 42-12. Their only win was at Cookeville 21-14.
DeKalb County wasted no time getting on the scoreboard Thursday night. On the second play of their first drive, the Tigers found the endzone on a 6 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Briz Trapp to Isaac Knowles, capping a 71 yard two play drive. Axel Aranda booted the extra point and DeKalb County led 7-0 with 11:17 left in the opening period.
Nathaniel Crook gave the Tigers a two touchdown advantage with 4:18 left in the 1st period on a 4 yard run completing a 67 yard drive. Aranda’s PAT put the Tigers out front 14-0.
Colby Barnes scored on a 7 yard touchdown run with 11:55 left in the 2nd period to give DeKalb County a 20-0 lead after the missed Aranda extra point.
Livingston Academy got on the board with 9:50 left in the 2nd period on a 10 yard run by Wildcat Quarterback Brodey Coffee capping a 67 yard drive. Coffee then found Nathan Cowgill on a pass for the 2 point conversion and the Tiger lead was cut to 20-8.
DeKalb County extended its advantage on a 4 yard touchdown run by Isaac Knowles with 7:30 left in the 2nd period. The PAT attempt by Aranda was no good but the Tigers led 26-8.
The next DC score came on a 23 yard touchdown keeper by Briz Trapp with 1:57 left before halftime. Chance Carter came in for the extra point and the Tigers held a commanding 33-8 lead.
Colby Barnes scored his second touchdown of the game on a 55 yard romp with 11:15 left in the 3rd period. Carter missed on the PAT attempt but the Tigers were up 39-8.
The last Tiger score of the night came on a 65 yard touchdown run by Isaac Knowles with 5:58 left in the 3rd period. Carter again missed on the extra point but DC led 45-8.
Livingston Academy added one more score on a 1 yard touchdown run by Brodey Coffee. Dylan Watson added the extra point but DeKalb County went on to win 45-15.
Tigers Celebrate Homecoming Victory (View Homecoming Videos Here)
The DeKalb County Tigers had reason to celebrate Friday night after winning their homecoming game against non-region border rival Cannon County 49-7.
The victory puts the Tigers at 3-2 on the season with Livingston Academy next on the schedule Thursday night, September 30 at 7 p.m. The game will be played at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The Wildcats are 0-6 and none of their games have been close. Cannon County drops to 3-3 on the season.
The Tigers picked up Friday night against Cannon County where they left off last week in the win over Cumberland County with wide receiver Isaac Knowles again going all the way at quarterback in place of QB starter Briz Trapp, still recovering from an injury.
The first score came with 3:25 left in the 1st period on a 1 yard touchdown run by Isaac Knowles. Axel Aranda came on for the extra point and DC led 7-0.
The Tigers racked up four more touchdowns in the 2nd period , the first of which came on a 47 yard pass from Isaac Knowles to John Ellis with 8:29 left in the half. Axel Aranda tacked on the extra point and the Tigers were up 14-0.
Nathaniel Crook scored the first of his two touchdowns of the night with 3:41 left in the 2nd period on a 9 yard run. Aranda’s PAT was good and DC held a 21-0 advantage.
Cannon County’s only score of the night came on a 53 yard touchdown run by Dallas Roller with 2:55 left in the 2nd period. Jack Byford split the uprights on the PAT and the Lions trailed 21-7.
DeKalb County extended its lead on a 1 yard touchdown run by Isaac Knowles with 2:10 left in the 2nd period. Aranda added the extra point and the Tigers were on top 28-7.
With only 36 seconds left in the first half, Isaac Knowles found Holden Trapp on a pass that went for 38 yards and a touchdown and with Aranda’s extra point, the Tigers had built a 35-7 lead.
The Tigers would add two more touchdowns in the second half. With 11:34 left in the 3rd period, Isaac Knowles scored on a 14 yard touchdown run, capping a 67 yard drive. Aranda booted the extra point and DeKalb County held a commanding 42-7 advantage.
The last score came on an 18 yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Crook with 40 seconds left in the 3rd period and Axel Aranda’s extra point made the final score 49-7.
The Region standings as of Saturday, September 25 are as follows:
Macon County 5-1 (2-0)
Upperman 5-1 (2-0)
Stone Memorial 4-2 (1-1)
DeKalb County 3-2 (1-1)
Cumberland County 3-3 (0-2)
Livingston Academy 0-6 (0-2)
DCHS Golfer Alison Poss Qualifies for Region after 3rd Place Finish in District Tournament
On Thursday, September 23, the DeKalb County High School Golf Team competed in the AA District 7 Golf Tournament held at Bear Trace Golf Course in Crossville, Tennessee.
On the girls side of the tournament, Alison Poss finished 3rd with a score of 84. Alison qualified for the AA Region 4 Tournament to be held on Monday, September 27, at Country Hills Golf Course. If she can finish in the top three out of 25 girls competing on Monday, she will earn a spot in the State Tournament.
“Alison started slow at the District Tournament with a 46 on the front, but she finished strong with a 38 on the back nine. Alison is awesome! She has such a bright future in golf. But, as great a golfer she is, she is an even better person. She has been great to work with this year and I feel like she has a really bright future” said DCHS Golf Coach, John Pryor.
Alison is the daughter of Tony Poss and Jeania Cawthorn.
In the boys tournament, DeKalb County High School was represented by Brayden Summers, Adan Ramirez, Ty Panker, Braden Sprague, and Owen Snipes. DeKalb County finished 6th out of seven teams and was led by sophomore Brayden Summers, who carded a 94. Brayden was just one shot off of qualifying for the Region Tournament. “The boys played hard, but the condition were tough and the competition tougher. Ty was my only senior competing, so there is always next year!” said Coach Pryor.
In the boys tournament, Cookeville finished 1st, Stone Memorial 2nd, and Livingston Academy 3rd. In the girls tournament, Cookeville finished 1st, Livingston Academy 2nd, and Cumberland County 3rd.
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