Tigers end drought; rout Upperman, 31-10

October 12, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team won for the first time in over a year, snapping an 11-game losing streak with a 31-10 thumping of the Upperman Bees, Friday night in Baxter.

Quarterback Hunter Poteete did more damage with his legs than his arm, as he ran for just shy of 100 yards and scored three touchdowns. Junior tailback Matthew Lawrence added another score, while senior kicker Juan Ruiz nailed a 31-yard field goal late in the third quarter to cap off the scoring.

Upperman, using a no-huddle offense, drove swiftly down the field on the opening drive. The Bees marched 43 yards in four minutes, but came away with only a Caleb Robichaud field goal. From there, DeKalb County scored the next 14 points, one on Lawrence's four-yard run and the other on a seven-yard scramble by Poteete. The Tiger defense shut Upperman out for the rest of the first half, and DC took a 14-3 lead into the locker room at halftime.

J.J. Herriott took the opening kickoff of the second half 58 yards to the Upperman 33-yard line, and it took the Tiger offense only two plays to cover the remaining distance. Poteete's 21-yard touchdown run coupled with Ruiz's third extra point of the night gave the Tigers a 21-3 lead.

The Bees mounted their final scoring drive on the ensuing possession, as quarterback Ty Fields lobbed a 14-yard touchdown pass to cap off a six-play, 70-yard drive. DeKalb County answered with their fourth touchdown of the night on the very next possession, and Ruiz iced the cake with his field goal with 26.6 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Upperman drove twice more into Tiger territory, but the DC defense held once on a fourth-and-short play, and Herriott's interception of a Fields' pass at the Tiger 13 killed the Bees last chance of the night.

The Tiger offense ran for 200 yards on 39 carries, led by Poteete and Lawrence, who combined for 152 of those yards. Poteete completed 4-of-10 passes for 53 yards, while Collin Patterson caught two passes for 32 yards.

Fields completed 27-of-36 passes for Upperman, for 271 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Bees were held to minus-eight yards rushing on 15 carries by the stingy Tiger defense.

The victory for the Tigers was the first since a 21-7 win at Cannon County, last September. DeKalb County will seek to make it two in a row, next Friday night, as they play their final road game of the regular season, at White House. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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