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Tigers shock Owls 32-13
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As the DeKalb County High School football team celebrated their 500th game at John L. VanHooser Stadium Friday Night, the Tigers also celebrated a long-sought 32-13 victory against the Smith County Owls.Propelled by a second-half surge of energy, the Tigers scored 19 unanswered points.The Tiger win is the first in the series since the ’95 season and their first home victory since the ’81 team beat the Owls 20-7.The Tigers’ defense swarmed to the ball all night long, as the team totaled six sacks, three interceptions, and one fumble recovery while surrendering just 227 yards to the Owls’ offense. In front of one of the largest crowds at VanHooser Stadium, the scoring got started on the opening drive of the game, when Owls’ running back Jalen Manning took a pass from quarterback Nick Givens 52 yards for the score, silencing the home crowd. The PAT was good, and with only two minutes, eight seconds into the game, the Tigers faced a deficit for the first time in the 2012 season, trailing 7-0.Four consecutive first downs later, senior Tiger receiver Will Molander leapt his way into the end zone with a 6-yard reception from quarterback Lucas Phillips.