The DeKalb County Tigers won their first ever State football play-off game with a 28-14 victory over the McMinn Central Chargers at Englewood Friday night.
The Tigers, now 9-2, will advance in the State Play-offs next Friday night to play Whitehouse while McMinn Central's season comes to an end at 9-2.
The Tigers got the ball to start the game but turned it over on an interception, and three plays later, McMinn Central scored on a 30 yard quarterback sweep by Zack Rayle. Jamin Godfrey converted on the P.A.T. and the Chargers led 7-0 with 10:43 left in the first period.
DeKalb County mounted an 80 yard scoring drive on their next possession, aided by a face mask and a pass interception penalty on McMinn Central for a total of 30 yards. On 4th and 8 , Abram Edwards caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Hunter Poteete. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and the Tigers tied the game at 7-7 with 3:23 left in the first period.
On the ensuing kick-off, Josh Moss for McMinn Central returned the ball 90 yards for a touchdown. Godfrey converted on the P.A.T. and the Chargers led 14-7 with 3:12 left in the first quarter.
DeKalb County answered on another scoring drive. Matthew Lawrence caught an 8 yard touchdown pass from Quarterback Poteete. Zach Taylor converted the P.A.T. and the Tigers tied the game at 14-14 with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
The score at the end of the first period was 14 to 14.
McMinn Central threatened twice in the second period but could not score. The Chargers, on a first and goal at the Tiger two yard line, went three and out. The Chargers attempted a field goal with 5:02 left in the second quarter but Jamin Godfrey's kick was wide left.
After picking off a DeKalb County pass, McMinn Central started a drive at the Tiger 35 yard line. The Chargers drove to the 29 yard line, but on a 4th and 4 play, Quarterback Zack Rayle fumbled the ball and DeKalb County recovered to stop the drive.
The score remained tied 14-14 at half time.
Neither team scored in the third quarter and the game remained tied at 14-14 as the fourth quarter began.
The Tigers took their first lead of the ballgame with 8:38 left in the fourth period on a 20 yard touchdown pass play from Quarterback Hunter Poteete to J.J. Herriott. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and DeKalb County led 21-14.
DeKalb County expanded the lead on a 5 yard touchdown run by Matthew Lawrence with 1:08 left in the game. Zach Taylor converted on the P.A.T. and the Tigers led 28-14
The final, DeKalb County wins 28-14.