Saints edge Owls on 8th Grade Night

September 2, 2008

Ethan Roller tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Howell with 57.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Tuesday night, as the DeKalb Saints rallied past the Smith County Owls, 16-14, in their final home game of the regular season. The team's eighth grade members were honored in a pre-game ceremony at VanHooser Stadium.

After tossing the game-tying score, Roller squeezed into the end zone on a busted two-point conversion play to give the Saints the lead. The DMS defense rose to the occasion on the ensuing Smith County drive, and ensured victory by stopping the drive after the Owls lost seven yards in four plays.

DeKalb took the first lead of the game, as they capped off their first drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Roller to Sonny Young. Roller then found Will Molander on the two-point conversion, which gave the Saints an 8-0 lead with 26.6 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

The Saints turned the ball over four times in the game, including two interceptions in the second quarter. The second pick led to Owls' first touchdown, as a 19-yard pass to the end zone capped off a four-play, 56-yard drive after the DMS turnover. The two-point conversion run tied the game at 8-8, with ten seconds left in the first half.

DMS turned the ball over on fumbles on their first two drives of the second half, and Smith County capitalized again, this time on a 79-yard touchdown run with 5:10 left in the fourth quarter. The conversion attempt failed, but the visitors had their first lead of the night. The Saints marched back down the field with a nine-play drive, which covered 58 yards in roughly three minutes, and ended with Roller's scoring pass to Howell. Smith County's last drive ended with 12.3 seconds remaining on the game clock.

The Saints have now won three games in a row, and are 3-1 on the season. DMS will travel to Gordonsville for their first away game, next Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

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