The DeKalb Saints put forth a solid defensive effort, but the offense was unable to put up enough points to pull out a victory in the team's season opener, last Thursday night in Baxer. Cornerstone Middle School scored on their first and last full drives of the game, and knocked off the local junior high squad, 14-0.
Sam Cass scored on a one-yard touchdown run to cap off an 11-play, 62 yard drive, which opened the game for Cornerstone. Tyler Winfree ran in the two-point conversion to give the Yellow Jackets an 8-0 lead.
The Saints' offense struggled to move the ball, as the team was able to pick up only one first down in the first half against the stingy Cornerstone defense.
DeKalb picked up a first down on the initial drive of the second half, but the drive stalled. After a Zachary Taylor punt, Cornerstone fumbled the ball and Evan Cripps recovered at the Yellow Jacket 40-yard line, giving the Saints their best field position of the night. However, the team still could not gain any offensive momentum, and the drive again stalled.
Cornerstone turned the ball over, again, on their next drive, but the Saints were unable to capitalize. Cass put the finishing touches on the Cornerstone win, with a 48-yard touchdown burst, with 4:02 left in the game.
Cornerstone gained 148 total yards on 22 rushes, and was 0-for-5 passing. Casey France led the Saints on the ground with 20 yards on seven carries, while Matt Cain had 11 yards on nine carries. Chris Powell was 0-for-3 through the air.
The Saints open the season 0-1, and will travel to Hartsville to take on Trousdale County, Tuesday night, at 6:30 p.m.