Tigers Improve Region Standing with Win over Macon County

Finding themselves down 13-6 at halftime, the DCHS Tigers shutout visiting Macon County 20-0 in the second half for a 26-13 senior night victory in Smithville Friday evening.

DeKalb County, now 5-4 on the year and 2-1 in the region, is poised to finish as the region runner-up if it can knock off Cumberland County at Crossville to close out the regular season on Friday, November 1. The Jets are 0-8 and 0-3 in the region. A win there would guarantee the Tigers a first round state play-off home game on November 8.

Macon County scored first Friday night on a 14 yard touchdown run by Cameron Houston with 1:02 left in the 1st period capping a 63 yard drive. The PAT attempt by Ryan Underwood was no good but Macon County led 6-0.

DeKalb County answered with 5:22 left in the 2nd period as Tiger quarterback Axel Aldino found Desmond Nokes on a 67 yard pass play for a touchdown. Kicker Alan Munoz slipped on the PAT try and failed to connect but the game was tied at 6-6.

Seconds before halftime, Macon County blocked a Tiger punt and then scored on the next play as Cameron Mercer caught a 14 yard pass from quarterback Jon Mark Gammons for a touchdown with 23.4 seconds remaining. Underwood converted the PAT and Macon County led 13-6 at halftime.

Late in the 3rd period DeKalb County’s Isaac Knowles intercepted a pass near midfield and returned it to the Macon County 18 yard line. Alan Munoz then caught the game trying touchdown pass from Aldino with 55 seconds left in the quarter. The PAT by Munoz was good and the game was tied at 13-13.

In the 4th period, DeKalb County capped a 94 yard drive with a touchdown as Aldino again hooked up with Desmond Nokes this time for 50 yards and a score. The extra point attempt by Munoz was blocked but DeKalb County had its first lead at 19-13 with 4:24 left in the game. Nathaniel Crook had a big play in the drive getting the ball to near midfield aided by a Macon County penalty just before the Tigers’ struck for the score.

DeKalb County then put the game out of reach as Nathaniel Crook scored on a 19 yard touchdown run with 2:47 left in the 4th period capping a Tiger 53 yard drive, Munoz added the extra point and DeKalb County prevailed 26-13.

With the loss Macon County drops to 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in the region. Although both DeKalb and Macon are currently tied for 2nd place in the region at 2-1 DC owns the tie breaker.

It’s a bye week for DeKalb County next week as students are off for fall break. Again, DeKalb County will close out the regular season at Cumberland County on Friday, November 1st. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will broadcast LIVE.

Region Standings:

Livingston Academy: 8-0 (3-0)

DeKalb County: 5-4 (2-1)

Macon County: 4-4 (2-1)

Stone Memorial: 2-6 (1-3)

Cumberland County: 0-8 (0-3)

Anna Chew Finishes 7th in State at TSSAA Large School Golf Tournament

The TSSAA held their large school state golf tournament this week at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester and Anna Chew represented DCHS after qualifying at the regional tournament in Cookeville last week.

Chew, a senior, fired a 73 on Tuesday which put her in 2nd place and on Wednesday she shot a 78 which made her plus 7 for the tournament finishing in 7th place. Anna had won both the district and region tournaments before advancing to state.

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“I am so proud of Anna. She represented DeKalb County very well taking on some of the best high school golfers in the state of Tennessee. Her game has gotten better and better over her four years as part of the program and she had really shined here in the post season her senior year. I really feel like her best golf is in front of her as she heads off to college to play at the next level. This week at the state tournament she showed a fighter spirit and hung tough against great competition,” said Tiger Golf Coach John Pryor.

Anna has committed to play college golf at Trevecca Nararene University.

Meanwhile Lynn Lim of Station Camp won the tournament with a 2 day score of 144. Lim has already committed to play collegiate golf at Vanderbilt University.

Lady Saints Win Mid-State XC Regional

The DMS Saints Cross Country teams competed at their Mid-State Regional Qualifier meet at Macon County High School on Saturday, October 12th.

There are 7 total Regional Qualifying races across the state of Tennessee.  The top 5 teams and the top 25 individuals from each of the 7 regions advance to the State Meet that will be held at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville on Saturday, October 19th.
The Lady Saints were victorious at the Mid-State Regional taking home a 1st place team finish out of a field of 65 runners and 6 complete teams.  This marks the 1st Regional win for the DeKalb girls since the program started in 2014. The Saints boys team finished 4th overall out a field of 92 runners and 12 complete teams.  Both teams earned qualifying honors for States!!
The girls team had 5 of their runners finish in the top 10.
In the girls varsity race, Ella Van Vranken led the Lady Saints with a first place overall finish with a time of 13:02.   Zoe Keys finished close behind her in 2nd place with a time of 13:18, Katherine Knowles was 5th 13:55,  Mylie Phillips 8th 14:15,  Madeline Martin 9th 14:16,  Maleah Ruch 24th 15:56 and Sydney Polk 30th 16:16.
In the boys varsity race, Kaleb Spears led his team with a 3rd place finish overall and a time of 12:48,  followed close behind by Caleb Gray 7th place 12:59,  Ian Colwell 9th place 13:03, Cale Brown 42nd 14:11, Dylan Cathey 54th 14:44, Sam Harris  61st 15:10, and Carson Tramel 72nd 15:49.
In the JV races the DeKalb girls had three of their runners in the top 10 out of a field of 30 runners.  Candice Rico 6th 17:17,  Cadence Reynolds 8th 17:31, Sylvia Evans 10th 17:40 and Mara Oakley 19th 19:07.  Out of a field of 60 runners, the DeKalb boys finished with Evan Carmichael 29th 16:10, Ethan Spears 30th 16:19, Jackson Hodges, 17:07, Freddy Oberdier 17:49, and Mason Taylor 53rd 19:50.
“These runners have worked so hard for months, with some juggling two sports throughout the season. They have been training since May and it’s been awesome to see how far they have come.  The State meet in Knoxville is a huge competitive race.  We have worked hard to earn honors to compete there. Last year at States our girls team was 14th and our boys team was 16th out of a field of 31 of the best middle school teams across Tennessee.  Every single team there is strong. They will all have to leave it all out on the course that day and dig deep!! I am so proud of them and I am excited to see what we can do,” said Coach Kristen Van Vranken.

Tigers Bring Down the Owls

The DeKalb County Tigers held off the Smith County Owls 28-24 Friday night in a non-region showdown between these border rivals in Smithville.

With the game on the line and time winding down, the Owls tried to convert a 4th and goal at the Tiger 5 yard line but after catching a pass from Quarterback Cameron Spivey, Smith County’s John Ross Hord was stopped for no gain by DeKalb County’s Antwon McCoy  preserving the Tiger’s lead and sealing the 28-24 victory.

DeKalb County improves to 4-4 on the season while Smith County slips to 4-3.

After a Tiger fumble on the DC 8 yard line early in the 1st period, the Owls cashed in on a 1 yard touchdown run by Hord with 7:04 left in the quarter. John Broyles connected on the PAT and Smith County led 7-0.

DeKalb County answered on an 18 yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Crook with 5:15 left in the 1st period capping a 70 yard drive. Alan Munoz converted the PAT and the game was tied 7-7.

The Owls reclaimed the lead with 2:23 left in the 1st period on an 8 yard touchdown run by Spivey. Broyles added the extra point for a 14-7 Smith County advantage.

Tiger quarterback Axel Aldino found Evan Jones on an 8 yard touchdown pass with 2.6 seconds left in the 1st period. Munoz tacked on the extra point and the game was tied 14-14.

After the Owls fumbled at their own 36 yard line, the Tigers made them pay on the next play to start the 3rd period as Aldino hooked up with Isaac Knowles for a 36 yard touchdown pass. Munoz split the uprights on the PAT and DeKalb County took the lead 21-14.

Smith County tied the game with 8:38 left in the 3rd period on a 1 yard touchdown run by Spivey completing an 81 yard drive. The PAT by Broyles was good and the score was 21-21.

The Owls went back out front 24-21 with 8:20 left in the 4th period on a 27 yard field goal Broyles.

The Tigers found pay dirt one last time which proved to be the game winner as Aldino scored on a 4 yard quarterback keeper with 4:09 left in the game completing a 67 yard drive. Munoz added the extra point and DeKalb County went on to claim a 28-24 victory.

DeKalb County will host region foe Macon County next Friday night, October 18. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Region Standings:

*Livingston Academy: 8-0 (3-0)

*Macon County: 4-3 (2-0)

*DeKalb County: 4-4 (1-1)

*Stone Memorial: 1-6 (0-3)

*Cumberland County: 0-7 (0-2)

DCHS Golfer Anna Chew Bound for State Tournament

DCHS golfer Anna Chew won the Region 3, Large School High School Golf Tournament in Cookeville Tuesday firing a 5 under 65 to blow the field away. Anna, a senior, carded 7 birdies and 1 eagle enroute to a 6 shot victory.

Last week she won the District Tournament, this week the Region, and next week she has her sights set on the TSSAA Large School State Tournament in Manchester. The practice round is Monday, October 14 and the tournament is Tuesday and Wednesday, October 15 & 16 at Willowbrook.

Cleveland High School won the team tournament and also advances to state. They were led by Hannah Nall with a 71. Also advancing as individuals were Macy Moses of Sequoyah with a 77 and Zoey Budzilek of Livingston Academy with a 78.

Chew played in the state tournament last year in a rain shortened event and tied for 18th with an 82

Anna is the daughter of Lori Chew and George Chew and granddaughter of Larry and Gail Redmon.

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