The DeKalb Junior Pro Tigers took on the Upperman Stingers in Baxter Saturday, bringing back their third win of the season in a 27-18 game.
The Tigers opened the game with a 50-yard, 11-play drive to the goal line. A Briz Trapp to Conner Close touchdown pass capped the drive, and a good conversion by Konner Young put DeKalb up 7-0.
Upperman did not give up that easily, and a 61-yard touchdown pass two plays later put the Stingers in the end zone. A failed PAT left DeKalb up by one point.
Stetson Agee immediately took the pigskin on the next possession and ripped a 57-yard run around the end to take the Tigers to a seven-point lead. Seth Cantrell converted the PAT to increase the DeKalb lead to 14-6 at half time.
Upperman was stalled by the Tiger defense on the first possession in the second half of the game, and DeKalb took advantage of the situation with a series of good runs that ended with an eight-yard touchdown run from Konner Young. While the point after was unsuccessful, DeKalb still enjoyed a 20-6 lead.
Upperman buckled down and returned the kickoff for a touchdown, and a failed PAT brought the Stingers back to within eight points of the lead. The score stood at 20-12 in the third quarter.
DeKalb was not going to allow Upperman to spring back that easily, and a 50-yard drive to the goal line in the fourth, coupled with a good PAT by Young, put the score at 27-12 with time running bout.
Upperman squeezed a final touchdown out against the Tiger second string before the game ended, but the deal was done, and DeKalb took the win 27-18.
Konner Young carried the ball 17 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tiger offense took the ball to the end zone on four of five with no turnovers in the contest. Trapp ran for nine yards and a touchdown, while Stetson Agee rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown, Ryan Thompson ran for 19 yards, and Mason Winter and Seth Cantrell went three yards on the ground. Conner Close had 9 yards and a touchdown receiving in the game.
The Tiger defense was led by Stetson Agee, Gabe Hollingsworth and Alex Lemons, who had three tackles each. Ryan Thompson put two tackles on the books, and Conner Close, Clayton Proctor and Luke Midgett all added one.
DeKalb will travel back to Baxter Saturday afternoon to test their 2-0 record on the Monterey Wildcats at Cornerstone Middle School.