November 13, 2021
By: Dwayne Page
The state football playoff run ended for the DeKalb County Tigers on Friday night in Baxter with a 40-14 loss to the Bees in the second round. Isaac Knowles was responsible for the two Tiger touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the game.
The Tigers end the season at 7-5 while Upperman extends his record to 11-1 and will travel to Chattanooga Red Bank on Friday, November 19 on the night of the quarterfinals of the Class 4A play-offs.
The Bees scored the first goal on a 1-yard touchdown from Terrance Dedmon with 8:20 left in the 1st period. PAT was good and Upperman was leading 7-0.
Jaxson Rollins extended the Bees’ lead on a 2-yard touchdown run with 11:56 left in the second period. PAT’s attempt was blocked but Upperman led 13-0.
The Bees returned to the board with 7:37 left in the 2nd period on a 36-yard touchdown from Ty Dutchess. Dedmon then scored on the 2-point conversion and the Bees held a 21-0 advantage.
DeKalb County’s first points came with 2 minutes left in the half on a 1-yard touchdown taken by Isaac Knowles. PAT’s attempt was not good and the Tigers were down at halftime 21-6.
Knowles scored a touchdown again for the Tigers, this one for 29 yards, then converted the play to 2 points to reduce the Tigers’ deficit to 21-14.
Upperman responded to the ensuing kickoff as Jaxson Rollins ran 70 yards on the return for a touchdown. PAT’s attempt was not good, but the Bees led 27-14 with 5:45 left in the third period.
The Bees strengthened their lead with 3:35 left in the 3rd period on a 16-yard touchdown from Rollins. The PAT was good and Upperman was in the lead 34-14.
The final score of the game came on a 7-yard touchdown from Ty Dutchess with 9:43 left in the 4th period. PAT’s attempt was not good but Upperman won, winning 40-14.