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Challenges Ahead as DeKalb Co. Opens Playoffs at East Hamilton

The DeKalb County Tiger football program has made the playoffs a program-best 11 consecutive years, a streak not bested by a large number of teams in the state. Coach Steve Trapp’s team last opened the playoffs on the road in 2018, when the Tigers ran into a buzz-saw of a Maplewood team, who was en route to the State semifinals.

Trapp has seen his teams face many challenges in the playoffs over his 17-year tenure, and a new one will unfold this Friday night, as the Tigers (6-4) travel to Chattanooga for a first-ever program meeting with East Hamilton. The Hurricanes (8-2) finished as the second seed in Region 3-4A, as they finished tied with Red Bank and Chattanooga Central with identical 5-1 Region records. East Hamilton’s two losses were each by a single point, including their lone Region loss to top-seed Red Bank just two weeks ago.

DeKalb County must overcome a talented, eighth-ranked Hurricane squad, plus injuries to offensive line anchor, Diego Coronado, among other key players, to advance to the next round. Coach Trapp joined UC Sports Nation Tuesday morning to preview Friday night’s playoff opener.

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