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Tigers lose in Livingston
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The Tigers traveled to Livingston Academy Friday, dropping a tough game 29-18 to the Wildcats.“It was a hard-fought game,” said DeKalb County Head Football Coach Steve Trapp. “We’ve been telling the guys all week the type of football game we wanted and needed this to be. It was a little different MO offensively for us than we’re typically known for, so our game plan here was to get a little bit more of the run game going and the first half went exactly as we wanted it to go.”DeKalb’s (2-5) opening drive spanned 74 yards and concluded with a TD run by Jesse Smith and a good PAT by Andrew Fuson to give the Tigers a 7-0 early lead with 9:12 left on the clock in the first quarter.The Tiger defense stepped up, stopping Livingston on a third-and-four on the 8-yard line with some textbook tackles by Josh May, but the Wildcats closed the gap after Tee Beaty put up a 27-yard field goal on fourth down at 6:08 to make it 7-3.A defensive game ensued for the next four possessions, until DeKalb got within field-goal range with 5:28 left in the second quarter where Fuson extended the Tiger lead 10-3 with a 26-yard field goal.On the ensuing Tiger kickoff, Wildcat Will Sims surged back to the Tiger 30-yard line as Fuson saved a touchdown with a timely tackle.Livingston took advantage of the excellent field position with a Wade Neely three-yard TD run and a good PAT tied the game 10-10 with 2:41 left in the half.After the Tigers had to punt it away on a long fourth-and-21, Wildcat QB Will McDonald connected with Mitchell Ayers for a 45-yard gain, setting up another Neely TD run with 31 seconds left in the half, giving Livingston a 16-10 lead at the break after a failed PAT attempt.“Like I told the guys after the game, we were on the verge of this being exactly what we wanted - a four-quarter football game,” Trapp said.