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Friday Night Lights Recap: DeKalb Co Downs Macon Co For Top Region Spot

DeKalb Co 24, Macon Co 20

It was a battle for the Region in Lafayette on Friday, and the DeKalb County Tigers came out on top of Macon County by a final score of 24-20.

Senior Quarterback Axel Aldino hooked up with fellow Senior Desmond Nokes on three separate occasions for touchdowns, the final of which came with 45 seconds remaining in regulation when Nokes took a pass 14 yards into the endzone for the game-winning score.

On the night, Nokes racked up 151 yards and three touchdowns on nine catches.

DeKalb County (6-3, 3-0) will now have their bye week before they take on Cumberland County on Oct. 30.

Upperman 48, Grundy Co 0

The Upperman Bees’ rushing attack proved to be too much for Grundy County, as the Bees earned a 48-0 victory.

Terrance Dedmon scored the first of his three touchdowns with a 14-yard scamper in the second quarter. After Ty Dutchess tossed an 82-yard touchdown to Daniel Metzgar, Dedmon scored from 14-yards-out again to run the lead to 21-0.

Dedmon scored one more time in the game, and Jyron McClellan and Joseph Boehm added scores of their own in the victory.

Upperman (6-2, 4-0) will hit the road to take on Watertown next week.

York Institute 43, Sequatchie Co 14

The York Institute Dragons put together their best outing of the season on Friday when they defeated Sequatchie County by a final score of 43-14.

As a team, the Dragons held a 278-31 advantage in rushing yards, and were led by Ben Cooper’s 89 yards on 16 carries.

Cooper, along with Zack Gibson, Ricky Clark, Eli Kirby and Miles Leffew, notched a rushing touchdown for his efforts. Leffew also tossed a touchdown to go along with 86 passing yards.

The Dragons (2-6, 2-2) will hit the road next week to take on Livingston Academy.

Cookeville 16, Siegel 0

The Cookeville Cavaliers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 16-0 win over the Siegel Stars on Friday.

Another game that was all about the running attack, Cookeville out-rushed Siegel 247-120 and Quarterback Stockton Owen was a major part of that.

Owen ran the ball 26 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns on the evening. Kicker Andy Crockett added the only other points on a 26-yard field goal near the end of the first half.

Cookeville (5-3, 2-3) will hit the road to Murfreesboro for the final time this season next week, as they will play Rockvale.

Stone Memorial 1, Cumberland Co 0

Due to a positive test within the program, the Cumberland County Jets were unable to play their match-up against Stone Memorial.

Because of this, Stone Memorial is rewarded with a 1-0 win due to TSSAA Guidelines set before the season.

Up next on Cumberland County’s (0-8, 0-3) schedule is a game at Bledsoe County next week, while Stone Memorial (3-5, 1-3) will take on Smith County.

Watertown 38, Jackson Co 0

The Jackson County Blue Devils were unable to get any offense going on Friday night, and it led to a 38-0 defeat at the hands of Watertown.

The Blue Devils are now in a three-way tie for fourth in the region with Cascade and East Robertson.

Jackson County (5-4, 1-3) will now head into their bye week before finishing the season against Trousdale County on Oct. 30.

Warren Co 35, Coffee Co 19

The magical 2020 season for the Warren County Pioneers continued on Friday as they earned a hard-fought victory over Coffee County in Manchester by a final score of 35-19.

While it wasn’t pretty, the Pioneers got the job done behind Senior Quarterback C.J. Taylor’s 233 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns.

This win, combined with Riverdale’s loss, means that the Pioneers are now in a tie with only Oakland at the top of the region. The two teams are set to square off in the final week of the season on Oct. 30.

Warren County (8-0, 5-0) will take on Riverdale next week in McMinnville.

Stats and Information Provided by Trevor Evans

White Co 28, Clay Co 7 (Thurs.)

The White County Warriors stayed hot with their fourth straight win, this one by a final score of 28-7 over Clay County.

While a loss is never ideal, it wasn’t a region game for Clay County and they stayed in second-place in their region after the games on Friday.

The Warriors (5-3) will see if they can continue this streak when they hit the road to take on Macon County, while Clay County (5-3, 2-1) will play region foe Monterey at home.

Bye Weeks

Livingston Academy (5-3, 2-1) The Wildcats are currently positioned in a tie for second-place in the region with Macon County. Those two teams are set to meet in the final week of the season on Oct. 30, but the Wildcats first have a date with the Dragons of York Institute next week.

Monterey (5-1, 3-0) Despite losing their first regular season game in two seasons a week ago, the Wildcats are tied with Gordonsville for first place with undefeated region records. Those two teams meet in the final week of the season, but Monterey has a hurdle in front of them in the form of the Clay County Bulldogs. Both teams will be hungry for a win, as a home game in the playoffs could be on the line.

Pickett County (1-7, 0-3) By the time the Bobcats take the field next week against Red Boiling Springs, it will have been almost a month since they last played a game. Thanks to a positive Covid test, the Bobcats’ last two games have been 1-0 losses to Clay County and Jackson County. Red Boiling Springs comes into Byrdstown with a winless record, so it could line up as a good game back for Pickett County.


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