Tigers Lose Region Opener to Macon County

The DeKalb County Tigers suffered their first loss of the season Thursday night falling to region foe Macon County in Smithville 21-13.

The Tigers, 2-1 overall and 0-1 in region play, will host Watertown (1-2) next Friday night, September 9. The purple Tigers have defeated Gordonsville 28 to 13 but lost to Fayetteville 36 to 12 and Westmoreland 20 to 0.

In the game Thursday night, Macon County got the ball first and scored on their opening 18 play drive taking 10:46 off the clock. Quarterback Kyle Shockley scored on a 1-yard keeper with 1:16 left in the first period and with kicker Bryson Higgins’ extra point Macon County took a 7 to 0 lead.

DeKalb County answered in the second period as Quarterback Briz Trapp found Malachi Trapp on a 12-yard touchdown pass completing a 33-yard drive. Juan Ortega booted the extra point and the Tigers had tied the game at 7-7 with 8:48 left before halftime.

DC threatened to score just before the intermission, but time expired as Tiger Holden Trapp tried to get out of bounds with the ball to stop the clock.

The black and gold Tigers got the go ahead score with 7:48 left in the third period as Briz Trapp hooked up with Josh May on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Ortega’s PAT attempt sailed wide left, but DeKalb County led 13 to 7.

Macon County grabbed the lead again with 5:37 left in the third period as Gabe Borders took a direct snap on a 4th and 2 play from mid field and rambled 50 yards for a touchdown. Higgins tacked on the extra point and the visiting Tigers led DeKalb County 14-13.

Late in the third quarter DeKalb County lost its momentum and its starting quarterback as Briz Trapp left the game with an apparent shoulder injury after being sacked on a 3rd down and long play.

Jordan Parker came in for Trapp and finished the game but in one of his first passing attempts, Parker was picked off by Borders which set up the next score for Macon County.

The visitors extended their lead on a screen pass from Shockley to Borders with 3:43 left in the game and with the Higgins extra point Macon County went onto win 21-13.

Macon County improves to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the region.

Another Nail Biter for the Tigers

Another nail biter!

With the game tied at 14 and only four seconds left, DeKalb County’s kicker Juan Ortega split the uprights on a 31-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 17-14 victory over the Smith County Owls at Carthage Friday night.

In the season opener the previous week, DeKalb County came from behind with just over a minute left in the game to defeat the Warren County Pioneers 35-34 in Smithville.

DeKalb County (2-0) will host Macon County (2-0) in a rare Thursday night game (September 1) in Smithville which will be the season region opener for both teams. Macon County has defeated East Robertson 43-33 and Westmoreland 20-15.

Smith County scored its first touchdown of the night on a 14-yard run by Jamison Keeley with 9:23 left in the 1st period completing a 74-yard drive. Johnny Lyda converted the PAT and the Owls led 7-0.

DeKalb County answered with 5:15 left in the 1st period on a 3-yard touchdown run by Colby Barnes completing a 73-yard drive. Juan Ortega added the extra point, and the game was tied at 7-7.

Early in the 2nd period Smith County took the lead on a 21-yard pass play from Kaden Powell to Riley Lollar capping an 80-yard drive. Lyda tacked on the extra point and the Owls led 14-7.

Colby Barnes caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Briz Trapp with 6:27 left in the 3rd period completing a 70-yard drive. Ortega converted the PAT to tie it up at 14-14.

With 1:40 left in the game, the Tiger defense stiffened and stopped the Owls on a 4th & 2 play from the Smith County 40-yard line. DeKalb County took over on downs and moved the ball down to the 14-yard line before Juan Ortega was called upon to deliver the game winning field goal as time expired.

Tigers Rally for Come From Behind Victory over Warren County

A late touchdown and two-point conversion propelled the DeKalb County Tigers to a come from behind 35 to 34 victory over the Warren County Pioneers in the season opener Friday night in Smithville.

The Tigers (1-0) will travel to Smith County next Friday night, August 26. The Owls will open their season tonight (Saturday) at home against Gordonsville. Warren County (0-1) will be at White County next week. The Warriors defeated Livingston Academy Friday night 48-0.

The Tigers went up 6-0 with 8:04 left in the 1st period as John Ellis covered a Holden Trapp fumble in the endzone. The score was set up on a 33-yard pass play from Quarterback Briz Trapp to Holden Trapp before the ball came loose. The drive covered 61 yards. The extra point attempt failed.

The Pioneers answered on a 76-yard drive as Nate Elrod scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with 2:19 left in the 1st period. Beckham Scott converted the PAT and Warren County took a 7-6 lead.

On the ensuing kick-off Holden Trapp raced 84 yards on the return for a Tiger touchdown with 2:04 left in the 1st period. The two-point conversion attempt failed but DeKalb regained the lead 12-7.

Warren County picked off a DC pass in the second period and started a drive from the Tiger 20-yard line which set up a go-ahead touchdown for the Pioneers on a 5-yard run by Braylon Grayson. Scott added the PAT and the visitors went back out front 14-12 with 5:53 left in the half.

The Pioneers extended their lead to 21-12 on a 7-yard touchdown run by Jaythan Pleasant with 10:05 left in the 3rd period capping a 65-yard drive. Scott tacked on the extra point.

The Tigers threatened later in the 3rd period but fumbled deep in Pioneer territory. The DC defense held to force a punt, but the snap sailed over the Pioneer kicker’s head and out of the endzone for a safety to make it a one score game at 21-14 in favor of Warren County with 3:20 remaining in the quarter.

On the free kick, Holden Trapp scored on a 68-yard return with 3:11 left in the 3rd period and the Tigers trailed 21 to 20 after the failed extra point attempt.

Warren County’s Nate Elrod scored on a touchdown run with 1:22 left in the 3rd period to extend their lead over the Tigers to 27-20. The Pioneers lined up for the PAT but after the Tigers jumped offside Warren County elected to go for the two-point conversion which failed.

The Pioneers recovered a DC fumble on the ensuing kick-off at the Tiger 18-yard line. Dawson Haley then scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 11:55 in the 4th period to put the visitors on top 34 to 20 after the PAT by Beckham Scott.

DC answered on a 71-yard drive as Quarterback Briz Trapp found Malachi Trapp on a touchdown pass play with 6:46 left in the 4th period. Juan Ortega converted the PAT and the Tigers trailed 34 to 27.

After a stalled Pioneer drive, the Tigers got the ball after a punt on their own 32-yard line and drove it down field for the score on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Briz Trapp to Colby Barnes with 1:04 left in the game. The Tigers lined up for the extra point, but the Pioneers were flagged on an offside penalty, so DC went for and made the two-point conversion by Colby Barnes and DeKalb County went onto win 35 to 34.

DCHS completes season sweep of Watertown

The DCHS basketball teams completed a season sweep of Watertown with wins at home Tuesday night in Smithville.

The Lady Tigers won 60 to 41 while the Tigers were 64 to 57 winners.

In the previous meetings on December 3, the Lady Tigers won at Watertown 41 to 25 while the Tigers claimed a 70 to 33 victory.

On Tuesday night, the Lady Tigers and Watertown were tied at 8 after the 1st period. DC led 26 to 20 at halftime and 44 to 30 after the 3rd period before notching a 60 to 41 win.

Kadee Ferrell scored 21 points followed by Ella VanVranken 15, Madison Martin 8, Dare Collins and Avery Agee each with 6, and Xharia Lyons 4.

The Tigers led the purple Tigers 18 to 5 after the 1st period but the game was tied at 27 by halftime. Watertown took a 43 to 38 lead by the end of the 3rd period but the Tigers rallied for a 64 to 57 win.

Elishah Ramos scored 17 followed by Conner Close 15, Stetson Agee 10, Jordan Young 9, Jordan Parker, Nathaniel Crook, and Isaac Knowles each with 3 and Robert Wheeler and Zach Birmingham each with 2.

DeKalb County will travel to Crossville Friday night, January 14 to take on Cumberland County starting with the girls game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys contest. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

DCHS Teams Complete Play in Watertown Tournament

The DCHS basketball teams completed play Thursday in the AFLAC Shootout at Watertown with the Lady Tigers losing to Pearl Cohn 63 to 55 and the Tigers falling to Moore County 47 to 43.

The Lady Tigers were 2-1 during the tournament with wins over Community 59 to 53 on Tuesday and a 57 to 56 victory over Gallatin on Wednesday before the 63 to 55 loss to Pearl Cohn on Thursday.

The Tigers went 1-2 in the tournament with a 50 to 39 loss to Siegel on Tuesday, a 52 to 49 win over Community on Wednesday, and a 47 to 43 loss to Moore County on Thursday.

The DCHS teams will play host to Livingston Academy on Tuesday, January 4 starting with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. followed by the boys game. WJLE will have LIVE coverage. The Lady Tigers are 9-6 and the Tigers have a record of 8-6.

In the Thursday showdown, the Lady Tigers trailed Pearl Cohn 17 to 11 after the 1st period, 30 to 22 at halftime, and 44 to 35 after the 3rd period before losing 63 to 55.

Kadee Ferrell scored 15 followed by Avery Agee 11, Madison Martin 10, Ella VanVranken 8, Natalie Snipes 6, Cam Branin 3, and Ally Fuller 2.

For the boys, the Tigers trailed Moore County 7 to 5 after the 1st period but led 22 to 18 at halftime and 28 to 25 after the 3rd period before losing 47 to 43.

Conner Close scored 14, Elishah Ramos 9, Stetson Agee 6, Isaac Knowles and Jordan Young each with 5, Zack Birmingham 3, and Nathaniel Crook 1.

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