It was a tale of two halves for the DeKalb County Tigers in their game with Trousdale County Friday night in Smithville.
The black and gold won the first half, scoring two touchdowns to take a 14 to 0 lead at intermission. And while DeKalb County did score another TD in the third period to go up 21-0, Trousdale County rallied in the second half, scoring three touchdowns of its own and getting a safety in the closing seconds to come from behind and defeat the Tigers 23-21.
DeKalb County drops to 4-2 on the season while Trousdale County, one of the top teams in the state in its division, remain undefeated at 7-0.
The Tigers scored with 2:51 left in the first period on a 10 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Steven Jennings to Aaron Patterson. The P.A.T. by Matthew Poss was good and DeKalb County led 7-0.
In the second quarter, Poss was called on to attempt a 42 yard field goal, but it came up short and the score remained 7-0.
Devonta Milan put the Tigers up by two scores with 6:59 left in the second period on a 68 yard touchdown run. The kick by Poss was good and DeKalb County led 14-0.
The Tigers struck again with 9:53 left in the third period on an 11 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jennings to Patterson. Poss's extra point was good and DeKalb County led 21-0.
The Yellow Jackets found the endzone for the first time with 5:45 left in the third period on a 12 yard touchdown run by quarterback Marquel Claiborne. Christian Lauderdale converted the extra point and Trousdale County cut the Tiger lead to 21-7
Dillan Burnley put the Yellow Jackets on the board again with 1:08 left in the third period on a 4 yard touchdown run. The kick by Lauderdale was good and Trousdale County trailed 21-14.
The Yellow Jackets tied the game with eight minutes left on another touchdown scoring run by Burnley. Lauderdale's kick was good and the score was 21-21.
With only 27 seconds left, the Tigers were forced to punt with Matthew Poss standing near his own goal line. The snap was high and the ball fell into the endzone. Poss grabbed the loose pigskin and tried to run it out, but he was tackled for a safety and Trousdale County went on to win 23-21.
The Tigers will play their last home game of the regular season next Friday night, October 11 as they host York Institute.
The following three weeks, DeKalb County will close out the season on the road with trips to Macon County on October 18, at Upperman on October 25, and at Smith County November 1.