Seniors win Thriller Over Owls 6-0

Updated: September 26, 2015

When the Smith County Owls traveled to Smithville Saturday morning they were undefeated and sitting atop the conference, tied with Overton County for first place.  When they traveled back to Carthage, they were sitting in third place, looking up at DeKalb in the standings.

Issac Knowles

Issac Knowles

It would take an extra period to decide it, but after a defensive struggle in regulation, DeKalb would strike pay dirt in overtime to upset the Owls and take control of second place headed into the home stretch of the regular season.

After a dramatic defensive stop at the goal line, the Tiger offense was stymied on first and second down in their overtime possession.

But not on their third.

Grayson Hendrix caught the winning touchdown in Saturday's win.

Grayson Hendrix caught the winning touchdown in Saturday’s win.

Slipping behind the Owl safeties, wideout Grayson Hendrix broke free in the end zone where quarterback Kolter Kilgore found him for the game’s only score, and giving DeKalb the win in dramatic fashion.

The Black and Gold Defense was spectacular throughout, holding Smith County to only 68 yards in the contest, while forcing 2 turnovers.

Desmond Nokes played well for the Tigers Saturday.

Desmond Nokes played well for the Tigers Saturday.

DeKalb was much better on offense throughout, but was slowed by penalties and 2 turnovers of their own, killing drives in regulation.  Issac Knowles was the work horse in the contest, running 18 times for 68 yards in the contest.  Desmond Nokes was also effective for the Tigers, rushing 13 times for 45 yards and Matt Vickers added 13 yards on the ground.

Defensively, Matt Vickers, Desmond Nokes and Shadie Rankhorn led the way with 3 tackles apiece and Brady Hale, Issac Knowles, Josh May and Colby Barnes each had 1.