by Rusty Ellis
The DeKalb County Tigers continued their winning ways on Friday night, as two-touchdown effort from quarterback Jordan Parker propelled DCHS to a 21-7 win over the Gordonsville Tigers.
Parker found Trace Hamilton for a 23-yard touchdown to get the scoring started, as DeKalb took a 7-0 lead with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter.
The score remained that way until just before the midpoint of the second quarter, when Ari White pounded his way three-yards-forward into the end zone to push the lead to 14-0. DeKalb then tacked on their final score of the night on a short Parker run for a touchdown, making the score 21-o with 34 seconds left in the first half.
Gordonsville appeared to make some headway towards getting on the board near halftime, but an interception cut their last drive of the half short and sent the home team into the locker room with a 21-0 lead.
The visiting Tigers took the opening kickoff of the second half back for a touchdown, as Dalton Hancock gave Gordonsville some life, but that was all they could muster against DeKalb County, as the Tigers won their third consecutive game in 21-7 fashion.
Head coach Steve Trapp says there was plenty to be pleased with in the first half, as DeKalb played some of its best football to date.
“I was really excited about how we came out in the first half, the past couple of week, we’d been struggling before halftime,” Trapp said. “The second half, we had some penalties here and there…defensively, we’ve not given up a point in six quarters and they allowed us to do what we did tonight.”
Parker continued a trend that all of Smithville has witnessed throughout his career as a Tiger, as he stepped into the quarterback spot once again and delivered the Tigers a solid effort in the win with both a rushing and passing touchdown.
It’s nothing new for Trapp, as he credits Parker’s leadership for why he’s been so successful in this role.
“He’s played a lot positions this year, and having to come in, prepared like he always is, he did a great job for us,” Trapp said. “I’m just really excited for what he did for us.”
There’s no letdown in the schedule next week, as the Tigers will head to Crossville to take on the Stone Memorial Panthers in a crucial region matchup.
Needless to say, Trapp has already made his team aware of just how tough a test awaits them in week six.
“I want them to enjoy this weekend, but then come to work on Monday,” Trapp said. “Me and Coach (Derik) Samber have had a lot of really close games throughout both of our careers, so I expect nothing less next week…(we just want them) to continue to buy in to what we’re trying to do. They know what’s in front of them next week.”