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Junior pro teams forces to be reckoned with
Seth Cantrell tries to break away from a grounded Jet. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool


The DeKalb County Junior Tigers followed up last week’s 39-0 rout of the Cookeville Cavaliers with a 49-0 shutout of the Crossville Jets Saturday in Smithville.


If you need help with the math, that means the Junior Tigers scored 88 unanswered points in the last two games of the regular season. The DeKalb offensive game was strong against the Jets, with seven touchdowns, 14 first downs, and 310 totals yards in the game. The Tigers put 43 points on the scoreboard before halftime.


The Tiger defense forced three turnovers, and held the Jets to only 10 yards of total offense to help leave the Crossville scorebox blank. Gabe Hollingsworth was a quarterback’s nightmare, logging four sacks for the day. The DeKalb defenders put a total of 29 tackles on the books.


Quarterback Briz Trapp went 5 for 7 passing, gaining 131 yards two touchdowns in the contest. Tight end Stetson Agee pulled in two touchdown passes, while five different Tigers, Mason Winter, Conner Close, Briz Trapp, Konner Young and Chris Robinson ran the ball across the goal line.


Conner Close rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown, while Briz Trapp and Mason Winter followed closely with 48 yards rushing and a touchdown each. Chris Robinson added 27 rushing yards and a touchdown to the Tiger effort. Konner Young ran for nine yards and a touchdown on the ground, and Westin Wright rushed for five yards in the game.


Stetson Agee caught the ball for 80 total yards and grabbed two touchdowns passes. Seth Cantrell had 21 receiving yards, Mason Winter added 17 yards to the receiving game, and Conner Close put in 13 yards.


The Junior Tigers wrapped the regular season up with a 7-1 record, and will travel to Livingston for the Middle Tennessee Youth Football Conference playoffs in second place in season play.


Meanwhile, the Senior Tigers celebrated their homecoming by blanking the Senior Jets 13-0.


While both defensive teams held fast through the first quarter of the contest, Desmond Nokes finally broke free with a six-yard run into the end zone late in the second quarter. A failed conversion put the score at 6-0 DeKalb.


With time running out in the first half of the game, Brady Hale quickly ended the Jets’ possession, as well as any hope of evening the score before halftime, when he picked off a Crossville pass at the 44 yard line with less than a minute on the clock.


Two plays later, with less than 30 seconds on the clock, quarterback Kolter Kilgore flipped the ball to tailback Issac Knowles, who hit Desmond Nokes with a pass for a 47-yard touchdown. After Josh May barreled through for a successful conversion the score stood at 13-0, where it remained at the final whistle.


Nokes rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown, and caught another touchdown pass in the game, and Josh May ran the ball for 31 yards. Andrew Vickers logged 22 rushing yards, while Silas Cross rushed for five yards and Matt Vickers added three.


The Tigers allowed the Jets’ offense only 11 total yards in the contest, forcing three turnovers.


The Senior Tigers will also travel to Livingston for playoffs this weekend. Times have yet to be announced.