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Tigers Ground Jets 35-10

DeKalb County’s talented football player Isaac Knowles, who has scored points this season as runner, wide receiver and punt returner, led the Tigers back to victory Friday night at quarterback with a 35 to 10 win over the Cumberland County Jets in Smithville.

The Tigers improve to 2-2 overall and even their region record at 1-1 while Cumberland County drops to 2-3 and 0-2 in the region.

The Region standings as of Saturday, September 18 are as follows:

Macon County 4-1 (2-0)
Upperman 4-1 (2-0)
Stone Memorial 3-2 (1-1)
DeKalb County 2-2 (1-1)
Cumberland County 2-3 (1-1)
Livingston Academy 0-5 (0-2)

DeKalb County will host Cannon County for homecoming Friday, September 24. The Lions are 3-2 with wins over Webb School 42-16 and Lookout Valley 39-0 and Sequatchie County forfeit to Cannon County due to Covid exposure. The Lions have lost to Monterey 35-6 and to Cascade 25-0.

Knowles started and finished the game at quarterback for the Tigers in place of Briz Trapp who was out with an injury. Until Friday night, Knowles had scored a total of 5 touchdowns through three games this season. Knowles added 4 more TDs to his total Friday night alone.

The Tigers struck first with 8:44 left in the 1st period as Knowles scored on a 1 yard keeper completing a 51 yard drive. Axel Aranda added the extra point and DC took a 7-0 lead.

After recovering a Tiger fumble, the Jets mounted a 37 yard drive with Ryan Dowlen scoring on a 29 yard touchdown run with 5:14 left in the 1st period. Jaime Perez tacked on the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7.

DeKalb County grabbed the lead again on a 10 yard touchdown run by Isaac Knowles capping a 70 yard drive. Aranda split the uprights on the PAT and the Tigers were up 14-7 with 11:53 left in the 2nd period.

Cumberland County’s kicker Jaime Perez got the Jets on the board again with 9:32 left in the 2nd period on the strength of a 45 yard field goal to cut the Tiger lead to 14-10.

Gifted Tiger runner Colby Barnes extended the DeKalb County lead on a 4 yard touchdown run, his 4th TD run of the season, with 8:03 left in the 3rd period completing a Tiger 66 yard drive. Aranda’s extra point pushed the Tiger lead to 21-10.

Later in the 3rd period Isaac Knowles scored his third touchdown of the night on a 51 yard run and with Aranda’s extra point DeKalb County opened up a 28-10 advantage.

Knowles added the exclamation point to the outcome with 11:32 left in the 4th period on an 18 yard touchdown run. Aranda booted the extra point and DeKalb County snapped a two game losing skid winning 35-10.




Tigers Lose on the Road at Watertown

After losing to Macon County on the road last week, the DeKalb County Tigers were hoping to get back to their winning ways Friday night at Watertown but those dreams were doused as the Purple Tigers prevailed 38-20.

With the loss DeKalb County drops to 1-2 on the season while Watertown evens its record to 2-2.

The Tigers will now return home to face the Cumberland County Jets next Friday night, September 17. Kick-Off is at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

The Jets are 2-2 with wins over Whitwell 35-0 and Lenoir City 17-7. Their losses have been to Monterey 21-7 and Upperman 41-7.

After playing to a scoreless tie through the 1st period, Watertown got the first points of the game Friday night on a 2 yard touchdown run by Adam Cooper with 11:40 left in the 2nd period. Trey Pack added the PAT and Watertown led 7-0.

Isaac Knowles later forced a Watertown turnover and then scored on a 4 yard touchdown run with 6:13 left in the 2nd period. The PAT attempt by Axel Aranda was no good but DeKalb County was on the board trailing 7-6.

Watertown extended its lead to 10-6 with 2:45 left in the 2nd period on a 27 yard field goal by Trey Pack and that was the halftime score.

The Purple Tigers widened the gap with 7:27 left in the 3rd period as Adam Cooper scored on a 64 yard touchdown run. Pack tacked on the extra point and Watertown led 17-6.

Watertown quarterback Brayden Cousino added another score for his team on a 5 yard touchdown run later in the 3rd period. The PAT by Pack was good and Watertown held a 24-6 advantage.

Nathaniel Crook put DeKalb County on the board again with 11:40 left in the 4th period on a 1 yard touchdown run. A 2 point conversion attempt failed but the Tigers drew closer trailing 24-12.

Watertown answered on a pick six by Kaden Seay who returned a DC interception 50 yards for a touchdown with 6:36 left in the 4th period. Pack kicked through the PAT and the Purple Tigers were in command 31-12.

DeKalb County added one more score on a 62 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Briz Trapp to Isaac Knowles with 5:53 left in the game. Knowles then completed a 2 point conversion play to cut the Watertown lead to 31-20.

Watertown put the game out of reach with 5:39 left in the game on a 52 yard touchdown run by Kwame Seay. Trey Pack added the extra point and the Purple Tigers went on to win 38-20.




Smith County Tops Saints 34-14

The DeKalb Saints lost at Smith County Thursday night 34 to 14.

Juan Ortega scored on a 23 yard touchdown run for the Saints in the 1st period while quarterback Jon Hendrix scored on a 5 yard touchdown run in the 4th period. Hendrix also completed a 2 point conversion play.

The Saints (2-4) will travel to Upperman Middle School on Thursday, September 16. Kick-Off will be at 6: 30 p.m.




Tigers Can’t Hold On At Macon County

The DeKalb County Tigers dropped their first game of the season Friday night losing to Macon County at Lafayette 32 to 29.

The Tigers (1-1) and 0-1 in region play will travel to Watertown (1-2) Friday night, September 10. Kick-Off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Macon County struck first with 52 seconds left in the 1st period after Cameron Houston picked off a DC Quarterback Briz Trapp pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Bryson Higgins added the PAT and Macon County led 7-0.

DeKalb County tied the game at 7-7 with 9:12 left in the 2nd period as Colby Barnes scored on a 17 yard touchdown run capping a 56 yard Tiger drive. Axel Aranda tacked on the extra point.

On the ensuing kick-off after the DC touchdown, Cameron Houston raced 80 yards to put Macon County back on top 13-7 with 8:57 left in the 2nd period.

DC mishandled the ensuing kick-off and Macon County recovered at the DeKalb County 35 yard line. Macon County QB Braydee Brooks then found Cameron Houston on a 25 yard touchdown pass. The PAT attempt by Higgins was no good but Macon County extended its lead to 19-7 with 6:37 left in the 2nd period.

DeKalb County answered with 4:57 left in the first half on a 17 yard touchdown run by Isaac Knowles on a reverse completing a 57 yard Tiger drive and with Aranda’s extra point DC trailed 19-14.

DC grabbed the lead for the first time with 11:45 left in the 4th period as Quarterback Briz Trapp hooked up with John Ellis on a 28 yard touchdown pass. A 2 point conversion by Isaac Knowles was good and DeKalb County pulled ahead 22-19.

Macon County moved back out front 25-22 on a 63 yard touchdown scoring pass play from Braydee Brooks to Cameron Houston with 10:03 left in the 4th period. The PAT try by Higgins was no good.

DeKalb County took the lead again with 6:41 left in the game as Quarterback Briz Trapp scored on a 4 yard keeper. Axel Aranda added the extra point and DC led 29-25.

Macon County mounted a 75 yard drive late in the game and scored on 9 yard touchdown pass from Braydee Brooks to Zach Borders. Higgins converted the PAT and Macon County went on to claim a 32-29 victory.




Saints Fall to White County in Homecoming Game

The DeKalb Saints lost their homecoming game to White County Thursday night 28-6 and drop to 2-3 on the season. Jon Hendrix scored on an 18 yard quarterback keeper for the Saints. Their next game is Thursday, September 9 at Smith County. Kick-off at 6:30 p.m.




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