Tigers Punch Their Ticket to Quarterfinals of TSSAA Class 4A Football Playoffs

November 16, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

For the first time in school history DeKalb County High School will be represented in the quarterfinals of the TSSAA Football Playoffs as the Tigers stunned Marshall County 28-24 Friday night at Lewisburg in the second round of the post season in Division I Class 4A.

The Tigers (8-4) will travel to Nolensville (10-2) Friday night, November 22. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. and WJLE will have LIVE coverage. Nolensville eliminated Livingston Academy 33-7.

After the Tiger defense thwarted Marshall County twice in two drives on the DC side of the field, the Tigers got on the board first with 2:22 left in the 1st period as Quarterback Axel Aldino found Desmond Nokes on a 25 yard touchdown pass. Alan Munoz booted the extra point and DeKalb County led 7-0.

Marshall County got its first points off a Tiger miscue. After a bad snap, Tiger punter Noah Roberts tried to run but lost the football and Marshall County’s Andrew Gold picked it up and raced 40 yards for a touchdown with 8:20 left in the 2nd period. Jon Estes added the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7.

Marshall County extended its lead to 10-7 with 1:31 left in the 2nd period on a 24 yard field goal by kicker Jon Estes.

The Tigers tried to tie the game in the 3rd period but a 28 yard field goal attempt by Alan Munoz was no good.

DC took the lead on a 2 yard touchdown run by David Bradford with 4:49 left in the 3rd period. Munoz tacked on the extra point and the Tigers led 14-10.

Marshall County grabbed the lead again with 10:38 left in the 4th period on a 7 yard touchdown run by Kel Greer. The PAT by Estes was good and Marshall County was back out front 17-14.

A little razzle dazzle with 7:33 left in the game on a double reverse and a pitch back to the quarterback led to a 50 yard touchdown catch by Kel Greer. Estes added the extra point and Marshall County held a 24-14 advantage.

DeKalb County mounted another scoring drive and closed the gap on a 3 yard touchdown run by David Bradford with 4:37 left. The PAT by Munoz was good and the Tigers trailed 24-21.

DC scored the go ahead and winning touchdown with 40 seconds left in the game as Aldino found Tyzaun Ladet on a catch good for 44 yards and a score. Munoz booted the extra point and the Tigers pulled ahead 28-24.

Marshall County had the ball one last time but Aldino picked off a pass with two seconds left to seal the victory for the Tigers.