October 10, 2020
By: Dwayne Page
The DeKalb County Tigers brought down the Smith County Owls 42 to 7 at Carthage Friday night to improve their overall season record to 5-3. The Owls drop to 2-5
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The Tigers will travel to Macon County (6-1, 2-0) Friday night, October 16 where a win coupled with a season finale victory at home over Cumberland County (0-8, 0-3) on October 30 would give the program its first ever regular season region title in school history.
In the game Friday night, the Tigers struck first as Quarterback Axel Aldino scored on a 19 yard touchdown run with 4:41 left in the 1st period capping a 72 yard drive. Jasper Kleparek booted the extra point and DeKalb County led 7-0.
Evan Jones gave the Tigers a two score advantage as he caught an 11 yard touchdown pass from Aldino with 11:54 left in the 2nd period capping a 78 yard drive. Kleparek added the extra point and DC led 14-0
Smith County got on the board with 9:45 left in the 2nd period as Quarterback Johnny Lyda raced 42 yards for the endzone capping a 68 yard drive. Salomon Rodriguez tacked on the extra point and the Owls trailed 14-7.
DeKalb County expanded its lead with 7:42 left in the half on a 22 yard run by Aldino capping a 53 yard drive. Kleparek’s extra point was good and the Tigers were up 21-7.
The Tigers took advantage of a blocked Smith County punt as Colby Barnes scored from 10 yards out with 5:06 left in the 2nd period. Kleparek added the PAT and DC held a 28-7 lead.
Barnes got his second touchdown of the night on an 84 yard run with 11:36 left in the 3rd period. Kleparek booted the extra point and DeKalb County owned a 35-7 lead.
Aldino got the last score of the game on a 41 yard touchdown run with 5:28 left in the 3rd period. The kick by Kleparek was good and the Tigers went on to claim a 42-7 victory.
Class 4A Region 3 standings and team records:
*DeKalb County: 5-3 (2-0)
*Macon County: 6-1 (2-0)
*Livingston Academy: 5-3 (2-1)
*Stone Memorial: 2-5 (1-3)
*Cumberland County: 0-8 (0-3)