Tigers Fall to Cougars

The DeKalb County Tigers suffered their third loss of the season Friday night falling to the Goodpasture Cougars 24 to 17 on the road in a non-region clash.

The loss puts the Tigers at 6-3 overall with post-season still on the horizon as they will meet Stone Memorial on Senior night next Friday, October 28 in the regular season finale at DCHS. A win would secure a third-place finish in the region for the Tigers. A loss would put them in fourth place but either way DeKalb County is headed for the state play-offs in two weeks although they will have to travel for the first round.

Goodpasture improves to 6-3 on the season.

Talented runner Jaron Elkins was the star of the show Friday night for the Cougars as he accounted for all three Goodpasture touchdowns in the game. The first came on a 27-yard run followed later by an 80-yard blast in the 1st period. Elkins added his third TD in the 2nd period on a 14-yard run. Kicker Henry Lowe booted all three extra points and added a 28-yard field goal in the 3rd period.

DeKalb County’s Colby Barnes got the Tigers on the board in the 2nd period on a 7-yard touchdown run while quarterback Jordan Parker found John Ellis on a 43-yard touchdown pass play in the 3rd period. Kicker Juan Ortega tacked on the extra points and converted a 32-yard field goal in the 4th period

The Class 4A Region 4 Overall Records and Region Standings are as follows:
Macon County: 7-2 (3-1)
Stone Memorial: 8-1 (3-1)
Upperman: 7-2 (3-1)
DeKalb County: 6-3 (2-2)
Cumberland County: 2-7 (1-3)
Livingston Academy: 0-9 (0-4)

Tigers Stung by Bees in Overtime

The Upperman Bees edged the DeKalb County Tigers 17-16 in overtime Friday night at Baxter.

The loss drops the Tigers to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the region while the Bees improve to 6-2 and 3-1 in region play.

After a Tiger turnover, Upperman scored on a 16-yard touchdown run by Terrance Dedmon with 2:51 left in the 1st period and after the PAT the Bees led 7-0.

DeKalb County later cashed in on an Upperman turnover. Quarterback Jordan Parker found Josh May on a 15-yard pass for a touchdown with 8:28 left in the 2nd period and with Juan Ortega’s PAT the game was tied at 7-7.

The Tigers threatened again just before halftime but a bad snap on a field goal attempt thwarted the scoring opportunity and the game remained tied at halftime 7-7.

Each team converted a field goal in the 3rd period which accounted for all the second half scoring in regulation and the game went to overtime tied at 10-10.

Both teams scored in the overtime session. Terrance Dedmon got a rushing touchdown for the Bees and Malachi Trapp caught a touchdown pass for the Tigers but while the Bees converted their extra point try the Tigers failed on a 2-point conversion pass attempt and Upperman prevailed 17-16.

The Tigers will travel to Goodpasture (5-3) next Friday night (October 21). Kick-Off will be at 7 p.m.

The Class 4A Region 4 Overall Records and Region Standings are as follows:
Macon County: 7-1 (3-1)
Stone Memorial: 7-1 (3-1)
Upperman: 6-2 (3-1)
DeKalb County: 6-2 (2-2)
Cumberland County: 1-7 (1-3)
Livingston Academy: 0-8 (0-4)

DCHS Tigers Overpower Livingston Academy


The DeKalb County High School Tigers overpowered the struggling Livingston Academy Wildcats 48-0 Friday night in their most dominant performance of the season.

There was plenty to celebrate. The win came before a stadium filled homecoming crowd. It was the Tigers’ first shutout of the season. Star running back Colby Barnes set a new single game rushing record in Tiger football history with 356 yards on 30 carries and 5 touchdowns. Coach Steve Trapp got his 100th high school career coaching victory and the win keeps the Tigers in the hunt for a regular season Region Championship. For the season, Barnes has 1,366 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

DeKalb County is now 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Region 4, Class 4 A behind undefeated Stone Memorial who sports a record of 7-0 and 3-0 in region play. Macon County, who defeated the Tigers earlier in the season, owns a record of 6-1 (2-1) and Upperman is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the region. Both Cumberland County and Livingston Academy are now 0-7 (0-3).

The Tigers have a bye next week October 7 but will be at Upperman October 14, at Goodpasture October 21, and will then close out the regular season at home against Stone Memorial on October 28.

The Tigers scored their first touchdown of the game after a blocked Wildcat punt. Trace Hamilton got the ball and scored from 3 yards out with 8:06 left in the 1st period. Juan Ortega booted the extra point and DC led 7-0.

Colby Barnes scored his first of five touchdowns of the game on a 28-yard run with 4:32 left in the 1st period. The PAT attempt was no good but the Tigers led 13-0.

Barnes put the Tigers up 19-0 on a 50-yard touchdown run with 2:44 left in the 1st period. Again the PAT attempt was no good.

A mishandled kick-off gave the Wildcats the ball at their own 2-yard line but a safety extended the Tiger lead to 21-0 by the end of the 1st period.

A 12-yard touchdown run by Barnes with 9:02 left in the 2nd period built the Tiger lead to 27-0 after another failed PAT try.

Wil Ferris scooped up a fumble and scored on a 25-yard run with 8:44 left in the 2nd period and with Ortega’s PAT the Tigers owned a 34-0 lead.

Barnes got his fourth touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run with 2:25 left in the half. Ortega added the extra point and DeKalb County held a 41-0 advantage.

The last touchdown of the night came on a 15-yard run by Barnes with 7:26 left in the 3rd and with Ortega’s PAT DeKalb County went on to win 48-0.

The continuous clock rule was enforced in the second half of the game. Under TSSAA rules, the clock continues to run most of the time when the lead reaches 35 points in the second half in football.

Tigers Maul Lions 55-7

Talented Tiger running back Colby Barnes had another big night scoring five of the eight touchdowns in DeKalb County’s 55-7 thumping of the Cannon County Lions at Woodbury Friday night.

DeKalb County improves to 5-1 overall and will host the struggling Livingston Academy Wildcats (0-6) next Friday night, September 30 for homecoming in a region matchup.

For the game, Barnes had 28 carries for 242 yards and 5 touchdowns bringing his rushing total for the season to date at 1,010 yards and 11 touchdowns.

In addition to Barnes’ stellar performance, quarterback Jordan Parker scored a rushing touchdown as did running backs Ari White and Juan Ortega.

After stripping the ball in Cannon County’s first possession, the Tigers struck quickly on a 1 yard run by Barnes with 10:37 left in the 1st period. Ortega booted the extra point for a 7-0 DeKalb County lead.

Barnes got the Tigers on the board again with 7:42 left in the 1st period on a 21-yard touchdown run. The PAT try failed as the snap sailed over the holder’s head, but DeKalb led 13-0.

Parker scored from 4 yards out with 4:19 to go in the 1st period. Barnes then converted on a 2-point conversion run to give the Tigers a 21-0 lead.

DeKalb County padded its lead at 28-0 with 7:49 left in the 2nd period on a 4-yard touchdown run by Barnes and the Ortega extra point.

By intermission, the Tigers had built a 35 to 0 advantage with the last score of the half coming on a 17-yard run by Barnes with 5:20 left.

Barnes scored his last touchdown of the night with 8 minutes to go in the 3rd period on a 4-yard run and with the kick by Ortega, the Tigers were up 42-0.

Ari White scored his first touchdown of the year on a 1 yard run with 11:24 left in the 4th period. Ortega added the PAT to give DeKalb County a commanding 49-0 lead.

Cannon County prevented the shutout with 6:39 left in the game as QB Kolby Miller scored on a 4-yard keeper. Kicker Jack Byford converted the PAT and the Lions were on the board trailing 49-7.

The Tigers added the exclamation point for the game on a 3-yard touchdown run by Juan Ortega with 2:26 left for a 55-7 lead after the PAT attempt was blocked and that was the final score 55-7.

Also of note, Tigers Ty Webb and John Ellis each had an interception in the game.

Tigers Slay Purple Tigers

The DeKalb County Tigers gave up two Watertown touchdowns in the first half but shut out the Purple Tigers the rest of the way for a 26 to 14 victory in Smithville Friday night.

DeKalb County (3-1) will travel to Crossville next Friday night, September 16 to meet the Cumberland County Jets (0-4) in a Region matchup. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage. With the loss Watertown drops to 1-3.

Both touchdowns by Watertown were the result of Tiger miscues.

In the first period, DeKalb County’s Tyler Estes picked off a Watertown pass but the ensuing Tiger drive stalled forcing a punt attempt. Nolan Gottlied was poised to receive the punt but the snap got by him. As the Purple Tigers were closing in, Gottlied picked up the ball and threw it down field where Watertown’s Kaiden West was waiting. West picked off the pass and returned it 35 yards for a Purple Tiger touchdown. Kicker Trey Pack booted the extra point and Watertown led 7-0 with 6:45 left in the 1st period.

Early in the 2nd period Watertown started a drive on the DeKalb County 24-yard line after another mishandled Tiger punt attempt. Kaiden West scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to complete the drive and with Trey Pack’s extra point, Watertown led 14-0 with 7:55 left in the 1st half.

DeKalb County got on the scoreboard with 45 seconds left before halftime on the strength of a 35-yard field goal by kicker Juan Ortega. The score was 14-3.

Watertown fumbled on the ensuing kickoff and the Tigers recovered at the Purple Tiger 23-yard line. DC tried to draw closer on a 40-yard field goal attempt, but Ortega’s kick was blocked as time wound down.

In the 4th period, Tiger running back Colby Barnes scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with 11:50 left. DC was then stopped on a 2-point conversion attempt, but the Watertown lead was cut to 14-9.

After a Purple Tiger fumble, DeKalb County took over at the Watertown 30-yard line. Soon after Tiger Malachi Trapp scored on a 24-yard touchdown run followed by a successful 2-point conversion play on a keeper from quarterback Jordan Parker and with 10:47 left in the game, DeKalb County got its first lead at 17 to 14.

The Tigers added a safety to make the score 19 to 14 after a high snap on a Watertown punt attempt which went over the kicker’s head and he was tackled trying to run it out of the endzone with 2:50 left in the game.

DeKalb County put the game away on the ensuing free kick with 2:38 left as Malachi Trapp raced 70 yards for the final touchdown. Ortega tacked on the extra point and DeKalb County went onto win 26-14.

Also of note, Tiger Tyler Estes got his second interception of the game in the waning moments.

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