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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.

Tigers Lose 35-9 at Station Camp

September 22, 2007

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team lost for the fourth time
in as many tries this season, as the local team dropped a 35-9 decision at
Station Camp, Friday night. The loss also dropped the Tigers to 0-2 in
Region 4-3A.

Neither team scored on their opening drives, as the Tigers stopped the
Bison at the DC three-yard line on the opening drive of the game, but a
Hunter Poteete fumble three plays into the ensuing Tiger drive gave
Station Camp the ball back at the Tiger three. The Bison needed three
plays, after a false start penalty, before tailback, Richard Bailey plowed
in from five yards out. Matt Hinricher added the extra point to give
Station Camp a 7-0 lead, with 5:32 left in the opening quarter.

DeKalb County answered with a field goal on their next drive, as Juan Ruiz
capped off a 12-play, 68-yard drive with a 23-yard field goal, which
trimmed the Bison lead to 7-3, as the second quarter was getting underway.

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