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Tigers Punch Their Ticket to Quarterfinals of TSSAA Class 4A Football Playoffs

For the first time in school history DeKalb County High School will be represented in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA Football Playoffs as the Tigers stunned Marshall County 28-24 Friday night at Lewisburg in the second round of the post season in Division I Class 4A.

The Tigers (8-4) will travel to Nolensville (10-2) Friday night, November 22. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Nolensville eliminated Livingston Academy 33-7.

After the Tiger defense thwarted Marshall County twice in two drives on the DC side of the field, the Tigers got on the board first with 2:22 left in the 1st period as Quarterback Axel Aldino found Desmond Nokes on a 25 yard touchdown pass. Alan Munoz booted the extra point and DeKalb County led 7-0.

Marshall County got its first points off a Tiger miscue. After a bad snap, Tiger punter Noah Roberts tried to run but lost the football and Marshall County’s Andrew Gold picked it up and raced 40 yards for a touchdown with 8:20 left in the 2nd period. Jon Estes added the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7.

Marshall County extended its lead to 10-7 with 1:31 left in the 2nd period on a 24 yard field goal by kicker Jon Estes.

The Tigers tried to tie the game in the 3rd period but a 28 yard field goal attempt by Alan Munoz was no good.

DC took the lead on a 2 yard touchdown run by David Bradford with 4:49 left in the 3rd period. Munoz tacked on the extra point and the Tigers led 14-10.

Marshall County grabbed the lead again with 10:38 left in the 4th period on a 7 yard touchdown run by Kel Greer. The PAT by Estes was good and Marshall County was back out front 17-14.

A little razzle dazzle with 7:33 left in the game on a double reverse and a pitch back to the quarterback led to a 50 yard touchdown catch by Kel Greer. Estes added the extra point and Marshall County held a 24-14 advantage.

DeKalb County mounted another scoring drive and closed the gap on a 3 yard touchdown run by David Bradford with 4:37 left. The PAT by Munoz was good and the Tigers trailed 24-21.

DC scored the go ahead and winning touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game as Aldino found Tyzaun Ladet on a catch good for 44 yards and a score. Munoz booted the extra point and the Tigers pulled ahead 28-24.

Marshall County had the ball one last time but Aldino picked off a pass with two seconds left to seal the victory for the Tigers.




DCHS Tigerette Signs with Trevecca Nazarene University

An outstanding DCHS softball outfielder has signed a letter of intent with Trevecca Nazarene University to play collegiate ball after she graduates here.

Megan Walker, a senior, put pen to paper Friday at the DCHS auditorium. Members of Walker’s family, coaches, and fellow players joined her for the occasion.

Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU), founded in 1901, is a private Christian liberal arts college in Nashville and is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II

“The reason I chose Trevecca is because it’s a small Christian school so I really thought that would be best for what I want to do in my future. Right now I plan to become an Occupational Therapist,” said Walker.

Tigerette Coach Danny Fish said he is very happy that Megan will have a chance to play softball at the collegiate level.

“I am very proud of Megan reaching her goal of going to Trevecca. That is where she wanted to be. She has worked real hard to make that dream a reality,” said Coach Fish.

“Megan is a program changer. She is a great player and not just in one sport. She also plays basketball. Last year we got a little worried about her because she was playing in the Gold Tournament in Texas and suffered an injury and had surgery. She missed all of the basketball season last year and coming back from that injury I would never have thought she would have the impact she did last year in softball but she had a really solid year after her recovery. She has had three solid years so far and I expect her to have a great senior year,” said Coach Fish.

Before she heads off to college, Megan has one more high school softball season in front of her and she is looking forward to it.

“I think we have a lot of potential this year. We lost a lot of good players last year and we need a lot of people to step up into their roles but I think we can definitely do it,” said Walker.




Tigers Claim State Playoff Victory

The DeKalb County Tigers will advance to the next round of the TSSAA Football play-offs after eliminating the Tullahoma Wildcats 45 to 34 in Smithville Friday on opening night of post-season play.

It is the 4th all time state playoff victory in 16 appearances in school history for the Tiger football program and only the second win in the post season at home.

DeKalb County (7-4) will travel to Marshall County (9-2) next Friday night, November 15. Marshall County eliminated Stone Memorial in the first round of the play-offs 39-8. WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m.

After playing to a scoreless tie through the 1st period, Tullahoma drew first blood  with 11:47 left in the 2nd period on a 3 yard touchdown run by Jakobe Thomas completing a 71 yard drive. Matthew Marcel added the extra point and the Wildcats led 7-0.

The Tigers answered with 7:01 left in the 2nd period as on 4th and goal from the Tullahoma 2 yard line, Quarterback Axel Aldino tossed a 2 yard touchdown pass to Desmond Nokes finishing off a 63 yard drive. Alan Munoz converted the PAT and the game was tied at 7-7.

After Tyzaun Ladet intercepted a Tullahoma pass at the Tiger 28 yard line,  DC wasted little time finding the end zone again. Aldino hooked up with Nokes on a 70 yard touchdown scoring play with 2:29 left in the 2nd period. Munoz booted the extra point and the Tigers took their first lead of the game at 14-7.

Tullahoma evened the score with 2:07 left in the half on a 55 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Ben Fulton to Jakobe Thomas. Marcel added the PAT and the game was tied again at 14-14.

DeKalb County’s Desmond Nokes took the ensuing kick-off and returned to near midfield, setting up another Tiger scoring drive just before the half. Aldino found Tyzaun Ladet on a 30 yard touchdown scoring pass with 26 seconds left and with Munoz’ extra point, DC led 21-14 by intermission.

The Wildcats pulled even again with 9:32 left in the 3rd period on a 45 yard touchdown run by Brian Nelms. Marcel booted the extra point to knot the count at 21-21.

DeKalb County grabbed the lead again with 7:32 left in the 3rd period on a 30 yard touchdown pass from Aldino to Desmond Nokes. The PAT by Munoz was good and the Tigers were up 28-21.

Nokes again got the ball to extend the Tiger lead on a 1 yard touchdown run late in the 3rd period completing an 82 yard drive. Munoz tacked on the extra point for a 35-21 DeKalb County advantage.

Tullahoma cut into the Tiger lead with 10:53 left in the 4th period on an 8 yard touchdown run by Jakobe Thomas finishing off a 55 yard drive. Marcel added the PAT and the Wildcats trailed 35-28

DeKalb County stretched the lead to 10 with 4:21 left in the game. Facing a 4th down and 4,  the Tigers elected to try a 22 yard field goal and Munoz delivered completing a 65 yard drive to put DC out front 38-28.

On the ensuing kick-off by Munoz, the ball bounced off a Tullahoma player and the Tigers recovered at the Wildcats 35 yard line. Nathaniel Crook finished off the drive on a 16 yard touchdown run with 2:53 left and with Munoz’s extra point, DC held a 45-28 lead.

The last score of the game came on an 8 yard pass from Tullahoma’s Ben Fulton to Jakobe Thomas with 2:12 left. The two point conversion run attempt was stopped short and the Tigers went on to claim the 45-34 victory.




Tigers Preparing for State Football Play-Offs

The DeKalb County High School Tigers closed out the regular season with a 41-6 win over the Cumberland County Jets at Crossville Friday night.

The Tigers complete the regular campaign with a 6-4 record and 2nd place in  Region 3  at 3-1. Cumberland County finished 0-10 for the season and 0-4 in region play.

DeKalb County will enter the TSSAA State Football Play-offs next Friday night, November 8th hosting the Tullahoma Wildcats who have a record of 7-3 and finished 3rd in Region 4 at 3-2. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. in Smithville and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

In the game Friday night, DC struck first. After Tiger Isaac Knowles picked off a pass, DeKalb County started a scoring drive at its own 48 yard line. Quarterback Axel Aldino found Evan Jones on a 14 yard touchdown pass and the extra point by Alan Munoz gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 3:01 left in the 1st period.

After a Cumberland County fumble, the Tigers recovered at the Jets 29 yard line. Nathaniel Crook completed the drive on a 1 yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the 1st period. Munoz added the extra point and DeKalb County led 14-0.

Cumberland County got its only points of the game on a 27 yard touchdown run by Ronald Martin with 6:25 left in the 2nd period. The 2 point conversion attempt failed but the Tiger lead was cut to 14-6.

After a failed on-sides kick by the Jets, the Tigers took over at their own 47 yard line and drove 53 yards for another score. Nathaniel Crook got his second touchdown of the game, this time on a 9 yard run with 3:42 left in the half. The PAT try was no good but the Tigers led 20-6.

Late in the 3rd period the Tigers blocked a Cumberland County punt and recovered at the Jets’ 45 yard line. Aldino then threw for his second touchdown of the game on a 29 yard scoring pass to Tyzaun Ladet with 48 seconds left in the quarter. Munoz tacked on the extra point and the Tigers extended their lead 27-6.

The Tigers thwarted a 4th down play by the Jets in the 4th quarter with a quarterback sack by Antwon McCoy. DC then took over at their own 28 yard line and drove 72 yards for a score. Aldino hooked up with Isaac Knowles on a 17 yard touchdown pass with 10:08 left in the game. The PAT by Munoz was good and DeKalb County held a 34-6 lead.

The final score of the game came on a 43 yard touchdown romp by Aldino on a quarterback keeper with 7:09 left in the game. Munoz split the uprights for the extra point and the Tigers went on to win 41-6.




DCHS Basketball Season Opens Soon

The DCHS basketball season gets underway next month as the Tigers and Lady Tigers travel to Van Buren County on Tuesday, November 19 for the kickoff of Hall of Fame week and they will host Pickett County on Saturday, November 23. Action each night starts with the girls game at 6 p.m.

The 2019-20 DCHS Basketball Schedule is as follows:

(*) Denotes District Games

Tuesday, November 19: Van Buren County (Hall of Fame)- Away 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 23: Pickett County (Hall of Fame)- Home 6 p.m.
Monday, November 25: Warren County-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26: White County-Away 6 p.m.
Friday, November 29: Red Boiling Springs-Home 6 p.m.

Friday, December 6: York Institute*-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10: Livingston Academy*-Home 6 p.m.
Friday, December 13: Watertown*- Away 6 p.m.
Saturday, December 14: Cookeville- Away 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17: Warren County-Away 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 19: Watertown Boys Christmas Tournament- 8:30 p.m.
Friday, December 20: Watertown Boys Christmas Tournament- Watertown TBA
Saturday, December 21: Watertown Boys Christmas Tournament-Watertown TBA

Friday, December 27: Daytona Beach Shootout (Girls)-Daytona Beach, Florida TBA

Saturday, December 28: Daytona Beach Shootout (Girls)-Daytona Beach, Florida TBA
Monday, December 30: Daytona Beach Shootout (Girls)-Daytona Beach, Florida TBA

Saturday, January 4: Cookeville- Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 7: White County- Home 6 p.m.
Friday, January 10: Cannon County*-Home 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 14: Upperman*-Away 6 p.m.
Friday, January 17: Macon County*-Home 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 18: Red Boiling Springs- Away 6 p.m.

Tuesday, January 21: Smith County*-Home 6 p.m.
Friday, January 24: York Institute*-Away 6 p.m.
Tuesday, January 28: Livingston Academy*-Away 6 p.m.
Friday, January 31: Watertown*-Home 6 p.m.

Tuesday, February 4: Cannon County- Away 6 p.m.
Friday, February 7: Upperman- Home 6 p.m..
Tuesday, February 11: Macon County*-Away 6 p.m.
Thursday, February 13: Smith County*-Away 6 p.m.




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