On Tuesday, August 28, the Macon County Jr. High Tigers took on a pass-happy Dekalb County team. After having to go into overtime, the Tigers would secure a tight win at 28-20!
The Tigers were primed and ready to go from the start. After winning the toss and choosing to receive the kickoff, the Tigers scored quickly after a fantastic kick return inside the 10 yard line by Seth Carlisle. The Tigers were up 6-0 after the score.
However, Dekalb County wouldn’t go down quietly. Dekalb would pass a touchdown in and fail on a two point conversion because of the tight defense. On the first play of the Tigers’ second possession, the Tigers botched a pitch and Dekalb County picked it up. They would soon go up 14-6.
The Tigers would score again and tie it up 14-14 at the half. After the half, Dekalb County came out firing, scoring a touchdown and pulling ahead 20-14. In the fourth quarter, the Tigers scored again but just barely missed the two point conversion, which made it 20-20. In the blink of an eye, Dekalb County came banging into our side of the field, all the way to our 30 yard line with two minutes left on the clock, and it looked as if Dekalb County would pull away. But the Tigers had other plans! After a tough, hard fought defensive stand, the Tigers didn’t allow Dekalb County to score and the game went into overtime!
After Dekalb won the coin toss in overtime and decided to play defense (what proved to be a wrong decision). On the very first play of overtime, Seth Carlisle ran in a touchdown and Braxton Crawford added the two point conversion to make it 28-20 Tigers! On Dekalb’s first offensive play, they fumbled the play and Macon County fell on it, and, just like that, the game was over, with the Tigers emerging victorious!
After the game, Coach Nathan Wilson said he was extremely pleased with how the Tigers played, and how Dekalb County was one of the best passing teams he has ever seen at this level.” It was a great test of our physical and mental toughness. We had some leaders emerge on the field and pull us through”, he would later say. “We defended the run with our front seven very well, but we struggled with coverage in the secondary. Each scoring play was the result of accurate passing on DeKalb’s part and busted coverages on our part. We’re looking forward to getting back on the practice field and in the film room and correcting our mistakes”, Coach Wilson added.
Last week, the Tigers beat Smith county with a score of 44-6 and were 2-0. On September 4, the Tigers will have Homecoming against a very challenging Gordonsville team and another game on September 6 against White House Heritage, this game at home as well. Come out and support your Macon County Jr. High Tigers!