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Sr. Tigers play for Conference title

October 12, 2007

The DeKalb County 10-11 year old Senior Tiger football team will play for the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference championship tonight (Saturday) in Livingston. The Senior Tigers will battle the Smith County Chargers at 8:00 p.m. This marks the eighth straight season the 10-11 year olds have played for the conference title.

The Senior Tigers advanced to the championship game by virtue of a 33-0 rout of Fentress County, last Saturday, in the conference semifinals. DeKalb County pounded Cannon County, 52-7, in the opening round of the playoffs. Smith County edged DeKalb County, 13-12, back on September 1st in Carthage in the regular season meeting for the two teams. The Senior Tigers dropped the championship game, last season, to Overton County.

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.

Tigers finish third in State Tournament

October 10, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger golf team shot a 322 on Wednesday, the second and final day of the Class A-AA State Tournament, and finished third out of the eight-team field.

Tiger sophomore, Payne Denman, meanwhile, shot a 76 on Wednesday, and finished with a 147, good enough for a tie for fourth place among individual medalists. Goodpasture's Joe David, the leader after the first day of tournament play, maintained his lead on day two, and finished with a 135 to win the event by two strokes over Dylan Waters of David Lipscomb.

Lipscomb, meanwhile, captured the team State Tournament title, with a two-day score of 599. University School of Jackson, which held a four stroke lead over Lipscomb after Tuesday's play, ended up in second place, with a team score of 609.

Tiger golf team third at State Tournament after day one

October 9, 2007

With a first day score of 309, the DeKalb County High School Tiger golf team sits third out of eight teams at the Class A-AA State Tournament in Murfreesboro. After the first 18 holes on Tuesday, the Tigers trailed only the University School of Jackson, who had a first-day score of 296, and David Lipscomb, who finished with a 300.

Individually for DeKalb County, Payne Denman shot a 71 on Tuesday, which tied him for fourth among individual medalists. Goodpasture's Joe David shot an 8-under-par-64 on Tuesday, which gave him a two-stroke lead over Scott Metcalf of the University School of Jackson. Dylan Walters of David Lipscomb was third, with a 69, while both Denman and Matthew Smith of Rutledge were seven strokes off the lead.

Austin Garrett shot a first round score of 75 for the Tigers, while Grant Goodwin tallied a 78. Grant James shot an 85 through the first 18 holes, while Tyler Robinson scored an 88.

Tigers can't pull off upset of Firebirds

October 5, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team was smelling an upset, Friday night, against the sixth-ranked team in the state, the Pearl-Cohn Firebirds. The Tigers played toe-to-toe with the reigning Region 4-3A champs for three-plus quarters, but the Firebirds put up two fourth quarter scores to pull away for a 26-7 victory.

DeKalb County had several missed opportunities in the game, as the team was able to drive the ball into Firebird territory five times in the first half, yet only came away with seven points. Pearl-Cohn built a 14-0 lead, in the process, as they jumped ahead on QB Deaunte Mason's one-yard sneak, with 6:36 left in the first quarter, and added another score on Mason's 17-yard pass to Jarvis Roberts, with 7:38 to go in the second quarter.

Saints tumble in season finale

October 5, 2007

The DeKalb Saints lost their final game of the season, Thursday night, as Cannon County handed the local junior high squad a 34-6 setback in Woodbury.

The Saints were able to move the ball against the Jr. Lion defense most of the night, but the team turned the ball over three times, twice inside the Cannon County five-yard line. The Lions took advantage of each turnover, as they scored after each DeKalb miscue.

Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the Lions put three touchdowns on the board in the second quarter. Damon Collette reeled off a 96-yard touchdown run, after a Saints' turnover, and Ray Ramirez scampered 20 yards into the end zone, after the second DeKalb fumble. Ramirez raced 84 yards to paydirt, with 51.4 seconds left in the half, as the Lions opened up a 20-0 lead at the half.

Tiger golf team wins Region; moves on to State Tournament

October 2, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger golf team claimed all four top individual medalist honors at Monday's Region Tournament at Cookeville Country Club, and easily won the event to clinch the boys' programs first State Tournament berth since 1994.

Payne Denman shot a 70 to both lead the Tigers and claim top overall individualist medalist honors. Grant Goodwin was next in line with a 73, followed by Grant James with a 75, and Austin Garrett with a 76. Their combined team score of 294 far out-distanced second place Portland, who finished with a 323. Station Camp was third, with a 331.

Lions spoil Tiger Homecoming

October 1, 2007

Melvin Young ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Cannon County Lions to a 26-23 triumph over the DeKalb County Tigers at DC's Homecoming, Friday night in Smithville.

Young opened the game with a 53-yard touchdown run on the Lions' first drive, which kicked off a wild, high-scoring first half. DeKalb County answered on their first drive, as Steven McCormick scored on a three-yard end around, which tied the game, 7-7, after Juan Ruiz's extra point.

The Lions went back on top on Miguel Novoa's three-yard touchdown run, but a failed extra point attempt opened the door for the Tigers to take the lead, when they scored on Hunter Poteete's 27-yard scoring strike to Collin Patterson. Ruiz nailed his second PAT, and the Tigers took a 14-13 lead.

Saints can't hold onto to first half lead

September 28, 2007

The DeKalb Saints junior high football team scored their first points of the season, and carried an 8-6 lead into the locker room at halftime over the visiting Watertown Purple Tigers, but couldn't maintain the advantage as the visitors rallied for a 28-8 win over the Saints, Thursday night in Smithville.

Watertown took the opening kickoff back 73 yards for a touchdown, but failed on the two-point conversion attempt. The Saints marched the ball down the field on the ensuing drive, and scored on Dylan Freeney's 34-yard touchdown run. Freeney also plowed into the end zone for the two-conversion, and the Saints led an opponent for the first time this season, with 5:04 left in the first quarter.

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