Tiger Peewee team loses close one in Cookeville

Updated: August 11, 2013

It was a tale of two halves Saturday when the DeKalb County Peewee team traveled to Cookeville to take on the Cookeville Midget Cavaliers in the Cookeville Jr. Pro. Jamboree.

DeKalb's offensive line.

DeKalb’s offensive line.

The Tigers struggled on both sides of the ball during the first half, but both units rallied in the second.  After being shut out early, DeKalb’s offense put together two nice drives in the second half, one resulting in a touchdown, while DeKalb’s defense was able to contain Cookeville’s potent offense.

The Tigers came up one drive short, though, and fell to the Cavaliers, 14-8.

DeKalb took the ball on offense to begin the game and put together a six play drive behind strong runs by Ryan Thompson to, before giving the ball to the Cavaliers.  Three plays later, the

Ryan Thompson scored in DeKalb's game at Cookeville Saturday.

Ryan Thompson scored in DeKalb’s game at Cookeville Saturday.

Cavaliers would cash in with a 27 yard scamper to give the Red and White the early lead, 8-0.

The Cavaliers would then take advantage of a DeKalb fumble, taking two plays to go the distance.  Their conversion attempt would fail, however, but Cookeville expanded their lead, 14-0.

They would never find the end zone again in the contest.

Mason Winter picked off a Cavalier pass in Saturday's game at Cookeville.

Mason Winter picked off a Cavalier pass in Saturday’s game at Cookeville.

Cookeville was driving again late in the first half, but Mason Winter intercepted the Cavaliers, ending their scoring threat.

DeKalb came out of the break clearly fired up as Marquez Chalfant picked off Cookeville, setting his offense up in great position to get on the board.

It would take Ryan Thompson only one play to do just that.

On DeKalb’s first offensive play of the second half, Thompson would rumble 17 yards all the way to the end zone to put DeKalb on the board.  The two point attempt was good and suddenly DeKalb took all the momentum and cut into the Cavalier lead, 14-8.

Konner Young escaping the Cavalier defense.

Konner Young escaping the Cavalier defense.

Cookeville fumbled in their next possession and quarterback Briz Trapp led his

Tigers on a 9 play drive to the Cavalier 4 yard line before the Cavaliers could rebound.  DeKalb was unable to convert on fourth down, though, and the White and Black threat was stopped, basically as time expired.

Conner Close in action against Cookeville Saturday.

Conner Close in action against Cookeville Saturday.

Although the Tigers came up short on the scoreboard, DeKalb did show its ability to keep playing hard, and fight through adversity, especially throughout the second half.

All of the DeKalb Jr. Pro teams will hold their own Jamboree next weekend in Cookeville.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.