Watertown Rallies to Defeat Tigers 21-14 in Smithville
The DeKalb County Tigers suffered their third loss of the season Friday night falling to the visiting Watertown Purple Tigers in Smithville 21 to 14.
DC drops to 1-3 on the year and Watertown improves to 3-1.
Neither team scored in the 1st period but DeKalb County took a 7-0 lead with 10:39 left in the 2nd period on a 6 yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Crook, capping a 35 yard drive. Jasper Kleparek added the PAT .
Tiger Quarterback Axel Aldino later found Desmond Nokes on a pass that went for 90 yards and a touchdown. Kleparek tacked on the extra point and DeKalb County led 14-0 with 7:34 left in the 2nd period.
Watertown got on the board with 7:12 left in the half on a 58 yard touchdown run by Jordan Cason. The PAT attempt was blocked by Evan Jones and the Purple Tigers trailed 14-6 which was the score at halftime.
The Tigers were shutout in the second half but Watertown found the endzone twice more. Cason scored on a 4 yard touchdown run with 11:55 left in the 4th period capping a 63 yard drive. Cason then scored on the 2 point conversion run to tie the game at 14.
Watertown finished off the Tigers with 7:46 left in the game as Cason scored his 3rd touchdown of the night. This time on a 26 yard run capping a 54 yard drive. Trey Pack booted the extra point and Watertown prevailed 21-14.
DeKalb County (1-3) travels to Grundy County (0-3) Friday night, September 18. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Grundy County’s losses have been to South Pittsburg 49-0, York Institute 6-3, and Bledsoe County 40-6.
Tigers Begin Their Quest for Region Title
The DeKalb County Tigers edged the Stone Memorial Panthers 31 to 30 at Crossville Friday night but that one point victory was all they needed to get a 1-0 start in the race for the regular season region title. After three weeks into the campaign both the Tigers and Panthers are 1-2.
Friday night, September 11 DeKalb County returns home to host the Watertown Purple Tigers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Watertown is 2-1 with victories at Gordonsville 14-7 and at Trousdale County 9 to 7 and a 24 to 20 loss at home to Nolensville.
DeKalb County scored first Friday night on a 22 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Axel Aldino to Desmond Nokes, capping a 71 yard drive. Tiger kicker Jasper Kleparek converted the PAT and DC led 7-0 with 9:17 left in the 1st period.
The Panthers cashed in after a Tiger turnover driving 38 yards for a score. Hunter Heavilon scored on a 12 yard touchdown run. The try for the 2 point conversion failed but Stone Memorial was on the board trailing 7 to 6 with 5:13 left in the 1st period.
Tiger Quarterback Axel Aldino broke free on a 54 yard touchdown run with 1:52 left in the 1st period. Kleparek added the PAT and DeKalb County led 14 to 6.
The Tigers extended their lead on a 3 yard touchdown run by Colby Barnes with 8:30 left in the 2nd period capping a 92 yard drive. Kleparek tacked on the extra point and DC led 21-6.
Stone Memorial scored on the ensuing kickoff as Jayden Eldridge raced 82 yards on the return. The conversion attempt failed and the DC lead was cut to 21 to 12 with 8:14 left in the 2nd period.
Tiger Quarterback Aldino scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 16 yard run with 4:42 left in the 2nd period. Kleparek converted the PAT and DeKalb County owned a 28 to 12 advantage.
The Panthers struck again on a 45 yard touchdown pass to Kaleb Flowers with 2:22 left in the half. The conversion try was no good but Stone Memorial trailed by only 10 points at 28-18.
Stone Memorial drew even closer with 12 seconds left in the 2nd period on a 1 yard touchdown run by Hunter Heavilon. The conversion attempt failed but the Panthers had cut the DC lead to 4 at 28-24.
The Panthers took their only lead of the night on a 15 yard touchdown run by Nick Coble with 4:09 left in the 3rd period. The conversion attempt was no good but Stone Memorial grabbed a 30 to 28 advantage.
DeKalb County’s Jasper Kleparek split the uprights on a 32 yard field goal with 3:16 to go in the 3rd period to give the Tigers the lead again and the win 31 to 30.
The Oar Remains in Baxter as Tigers Lose to Upperman
The oar will remain in Baxter.
For the fourth straight year the Upperman Bees have won “The Battle of Center Hill” after knocking off the DeKalb County Tigers 27 to 21 in Smithville Thursday night.
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.
The game was moved from Friday to Thursday night due to expected heavy rains and possible lightning moving in from the remnants of Hurricane Laura.
The Bees scored first on a 42 yard touchdown run by Terrance Dedmon with 4:50 left in the 2nd period. Joshua Manis added the extra point to give Upperman a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers answered with 2:09 left in the 2nd period on a 5 yard quarterback keeper by Axel Aldino capping a 47 yard drive. Jasper Kleparek split the uprights for the extra point and the game was tied 7-7 by halftime.
Daniel Metzgar extended the Upperman lead on an 82 yard kickoff return to open the second half. Manis tacked on the extra point and the Bees led 14-7 with 11:40 left in the 3rd period.
Upperman’s Ty Dutchess scored on a 57 yard touchdown run with 8:38 left in the 3rd period. Manis connected on the extra point and the Bees built a 21-7 advantage.
The Tigers cut into the Upperman lead with 6:02 left in the 3rd period on a 10 yard touchdown pass from Aldino to Desmond Nokes. Kleparek added the PAT and DeKalb County trailed 21-14.
Upperman quarterback Thomas Ensor scored on a keeper capping a 56 yard drive with 27 seconds left in the 3rd period. The PAT attempt was blocked but the Bees extended their lead to 27-14.
The Tigers got on the board with 1.5 seconds left in the game on a 10 yard pass from Aldino to Evan Jones for a touchdown. Kleparek tacked on the extra point but DeKalb County fell short losing 27 to 21.
DeKalb County (0-2) will travel to Stone Memorial (1-1) in Crossville for the 1st region game of the season Friday night, September 4. Kick-off is at 7 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Upperman improves to 1-1. Stone Memorial opened their season with a 34 to 14 loss to Grace Christian of Knoxville last week but defeated Clay County 32-0 Thursday night.
Lady Saints Soccer Update
After a week into the season, the Lady Saints Soccer team sports a 1-0 conference record with an overall 1-1 start.
On Tuesday, August 18th the Lady Saints played host to Thurman Francis Middle School, a soccer powerhouse from Smyrna. At half time the Lady Saints found themselves behind 1-0. During the second half, possession went back and forth, and finally, Lady Saint Katherine Knowles scored to tie 1-1. Shortly after, Thurman Francis added another goal to make it 2-1. The Lady Saints had hoped to tie the match again but last-second goal by the visitors made the final score 3-1. The Junior Varsity team also fought hard but lost 3-0.
On Thursday, August 20th, the Lady Saints had their first away game against conference foe Upperman. The Lady Saints didn’t take long to get started as they scored 4 goals in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Defensive mids Zoe Keys, Hailee Merriman, and Larissa Mooneyham helped keep the ball on the offensive third of the field as the Lady Saints added 5 more goals in the second half enroute to a 9-0 victory.
The goal-scoring didn’t stop there as the JV team cruised to a 3-0 victory.
Goals: Katherine Knowles (3), Tatum Young (3), Addison Miller (2), Emily Robinson (1)
Goals: Yoselyn Garcia (2), Elizabeth Sanchez (1)
The Lady Saints are on the road again as they travel to Jackson County on Monday, August 24th. The next home game will also be 8th-grade night set for Thursday, August 27th where the Lady Saints will take on the Avery Trace Raiders. Ceremonies start at 5 pm with kickoff at 5:30 PM.
Tigers Fall in Season Opener to Pioneers
The season opener was not what the DeKalb County Tigers had hoped for Friday night as the Warren County Pioneers came to Smithville and left with a 30 to 24 victory in this annual border rivalry showdown.
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It was the 16th straight meeting between these two programs since 2005 and Warren County leads the series in wins during that stretch 9 to 7.
The Tigers never led in the game.
Warren County scored on its first play from scrimmage as Pioneer Quarterback C.J. Taylor raced 53 years for a touchdown with 11:42 left in the 1st period. Kicker Steven Tony Curtis tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 Warren County lead.
After a Tiger turnover, Warren County mounted another scoring drive as Taylor again rambled 50 yards for his second TD of the night with 5:10 left in the 1st period. Curtis added the PAT and the Pioneers led 14-0.
DeKalb County answered with 2:06 left in opening period on a 30 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Axel Aldino to Isaac Knowles. The PAT attempt by Aldino was no good and the Pioneers lead was cut to 14-6.
Warren County extended its lead with 8:36 left in the 2nd period as Taylor found his target on a 21 yard touchdown pass. Curtis added the extra point and the Pioneers held a 21-6 advantage.
The Tigers answered with 1:49 left in the 2nd period as Aldino found Desmond Nokes on a 20 yard touchdown pass. The 2 point conversion attempt failed and DeKalb County trailed 21-12 at halftime.
After exchanging fumbles early in the 3rd period, DeKalb County cut the gap on a touchdown strike from Aldino to T.J. Alexander with 11:37 left in the period. The 2 point conversion try failed but the Tigers were down by only 3 at 21-18.
Warren County extended its lead to 24-18 on a 31 yard field goal by Curtis with 7:03 left in the 3rd period and then took a two score advantage with 7:55 left in the 4th period after Taylor took it in on a 1 yard plunge. The PAT by Curtis put the Pioneers on top 30-18.
The Tigers added one more score with 3:46 left in the game as Alexander caught a 15 yard touchdown pass from Aldino. The extra point attempt was no good and DeKalb County lost 30 to 24.
The Tigers will host the Upperman Bees next Friday night in Smithville. WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Upperman lost at Cookeville Thursday night 28-0.
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