What started out so promising for the Senior Tigers, slowly turned sour...
Junior Tigers Beat Owls, 12-6
The DeKalb Junior Tigers took control of second place in the conference Saturday, defeat the Smith County Owls, 12-6. The game was he third of three consecutive home games for the Tigers and the win sends DeKalb on the road in solid control of its playoff destiny and with a load of momentum going into the last half of the season.
Briz Trapp had perhaps his best game of the season, completing all three pass attempts for 70 yards and a touchdown. Konner Young rolled in the game as well averaging 7.5 yards per carry and running for 75 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
But possibly the biggest plays came on defense for the Tigers, as after DeKalb tied the game up in the second quarter, Smith put together an impressive, 9 play drive that threatened to tie the game just before the half. Gabe Hollingsworth and the DC Defense would bow its back and deny Smith County the end zone on 4 straight plays from inside its own 10 yard line, sending the Tigers back to the sideline still knotted at 6 but with all the momentum.
The Black and Gold Defense would make adjustments in the second half, totally shutting down the Owls and allowing only 30 yards of total offense to the visitors in the second half.
Conner Close would get more than that on one play.
Five plays into DeKalb’s first drive of the half, Briz Trapp would find Close in the flat and he would race 55 yards to the
end zone, giving the Tigers the lead, and ultimately the game.
For the game, DeKalb outgained the Owls 159 yards to 129, but of that, put up held Smith County to no yards through
the air. After Young, Mason Winter carried the ball 4 times for 16 yards and Ryan Thompson, and Briz Trapp each had 5 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Gabe Hollingsworth was spectacular, leading the team with 5 tackles. Ryan Thompson, Trey Crabtree and Stetson Agee each had 3 tackles, Briz Trapp, Konner Young and Luke Midgett had 3, and Mason Winter and Kaleb Spears added 1.
DeKalb will travel to Cookeville this Saturday to take on the Cavaliers before returning home on October 10th for homecoming.