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Final-play “dead” field goal drops Purple Tigers 10-7

Andy Reed areed@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

WATERTOWN — A big crowd turned out on a muggy Saturday night to check out the new Robinson Stadium, and while they were at it, saw DeKalb County and host Watertown display their 2014 wares with the start of the season a week away.

Matthew Poss’ 30-yard field goal on the final play lifted DeKalb to a 10-7 victory in the two-quarter scrimmage. All kicks and punts in jamborees and scrimmages are considered “dead”, meaning Watertown wasn’t allowed to rush the kicker or attempt to block the kick.

Watertown had just tied the score 7-7 on Austin Brown’s 4-yard touchdown run with 1:58 left. Brown shared time with Luke Turner as a wildcat quarterback with regular Brady Swann sitting out with a sprained. Swann is expected to play at 7 p.m. Friday when the Purple Tigers open their season at Cascade.

Cameron Jennings’ extra point pulled the Purple Tigers into the tie.

Sophomore quarterback Steven Jennings put DeKalb County on the board with a 1-yard sneak with 8:45 to play.

Earlier, DeKalb County edged Watertown 14-12 in a junior-varsity half.

The visiting Tigers scored on a 60-yard pass and a 1-yard run while hitting both extra points.

Vonte Bates countered with a 5-yard scoring sweep for Watertown. Freshman Corbin Bean later swept 70 yards down the right sideline to pull the Purple Tigers within 14-12 with 1:05 to play.

Cortland Glover intercepted a DeKalb pass to give Watertown a final opportunity. But the Purple Tigers fell short.

Central outscored 14-10 by PJPII

HARTSVILLE — Ben Brooks passed for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday night to lift Pope John Paul II to a 14-10 win over Wilson Central in the Tobacco Bowl Jamboree at John Kerr Field.

Brooks completed a 7-yard scoring pass to Jacob Businda in the first quarter and ran 29 yards to break a 7-7 tie on the first play of the second, and final, period.

Dakivian Moore ran 6-yards to pull Central into a 7-7 tie in the final minute of the first quarter. Adam Williams’ 44-yard field goal midway through the second accounted for the final Wildcat points.

Central will open the season at home at 7 p.m. Friday against District 9-AAA rival Hendersonville in a game to be televised as part of MyTV30’s new “Friday Night Lights” package. The series replaces the station’s “Thursday Night Lights”, which was discontinued in order to not go head-to-head with the NFL’s Thursday night games which are televised on NFL Network and, for the first half of the season, CBS.

“Friday Night Lights” will also televise the Beech-Mt. Juliet game later in the season.

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