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Smith County and Gordonsville Football Teams Win Titles at Tri-County Football Championships

On November 7, 2020, the Tri-County Youth Football league hosted its annual championships at Gordonsville High School. Champions were crowned in the Flag League, Junior League, and Senior League. In the Flag League, Gordonville was the runner-up after being defeated by Trousdale County. In the Junior League, undefeated Gordonsville (8-0) was crowned the champion by defeating Smith County. In the Senior League, undefeated Smith County (7-0) took home the title, beating Gordonsville. Congratulations to all the Smith County and Gordonsville teams on their success this season! You can watch all of the championship games below courtesy of DTC Sports.

Gordonsville scores late to advance to quarterfinals; Tigers beat Clay County 21-14

The Gordonsville Tigers won in the closing seconds in their second round matchup against the Clay County Bulldogs, winning 21-14 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The first quarter saw neither team get much going offensively, with both teams drives stalling out.

Clay County was able to find the endzone first after a fumbled punt return by the Gordonsville Tigers gave Clay the ball back inside the 20. Clay County was able to take the lead a few plays later when they ran a trick pass play to score, going up 7-0 with 9:15 left in the second.

The Gordonsville Tigers bounced right back, finding the endzone on the next drive off of a 60 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Albritton to Landon Baker to tie it up at 7-7 with 7:50 left in the half.

Gordonsville looked as if they were about to take the lead, driving inside the 10 before throwing an interception in the endzone with under two minutes left in the second quarter. Clay County was content with running the clock down, and the teams went into halftime tied at 7-7.

Both teams opening drives of the second quarter went nowhere, but Clay County took a long drive down field on their second drive, running it in with 3:25 left in the third quarter to take a 14-7 lead.

Gordonsville’s next drive saw them make it to around mid field, but the Tigers drive ended on an interception when they tried to make a big play.

The Tigers defense stepped up and stopped the Clay County offense, getting the ball back and Gordonsville made their way down field to find the end zone off of a 7 yard rush by Darrel Holt to tie it up at 14-14 with 10 minutes left in the game.

Clay County looked as if they were going to answer back to retake the lead, driving down field but the Tigers were able to force a punt as the Clay County drive stalled out as they passed midfield.

Gordonsville got the ball back at the 15 yard line midway through the third quarter and was able to get the running game going, with the Tigers able to take a lot of the time off the clock, as Gordonsville was able to run it in with Darrel Holt to take a 21-14 lead with just 10 seconds left in the game, which ended up being the game winning score.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Gordonsville Tigers will host the South Pittsburg Pirates next Friday, November 20th in the Quarterfinals of the Playoffs.

Smith County Owls loses battle with Brainerd in overtime

The Owls lost their first round matchup against Brainerd in a game that saw both defenses step up a number of times and force a number of turnovers.

The first quarter saw the Owls make a little progress downfield, but they stalled out around mid field and were forced to punt. The Smith County defense was able to step it up multiple times and stop Brainerd’s drives as well.

The second quarter started off with turnovers by both sides, with Smith County able to get multiple fumble recoveries, including a fumble recovery at the Brainerd 34 yard line midway through the second quarter. The Owls were unable to get anything going, and their drive ended in a turnover on downs.

Smith County was able to intercept the ball to get the ball back just three plays later with a couple minutes left in the half, and went down and Salomon Rodriguez kicked a field goal with 1 second left to go into half time with a 3-0 lead.

Brainerd was able to score to start the second half after an interception set them up in great position, but missed the PAT to take a 6-3 lead just 4 minutes into the third quarter.

The Owls offense couldn’t get going to answer, but the defense was able to force some more turnovers and stop Brainerd’s offense from doing anything.

Smith County got their biggest turnover of the night with one minute left in the game to take over at the Brainerd 43 yard line, the Owls completed a pass on their first play of the drive and a targeting penalty on the play, and the Owls were able to move the ball up to the 10 and Rodriguez kicked a 27 yard field goal as time expired to send the Owls to overtime.

The Owls offense wasn’t able to get anything going on the first two plays of overtime, but on the third play Johnny Lyda was able roll out and connect with Caleb Crawford in the endzone for a touchdown, Rodriguez hit the extra point to give the Owls a 13-6 lead.

The Brainerd offensive drive saw them get a 6 yard rush on the second play, which set them up for a 4 yard touchdown rush on the next play. Brainerd decided to go for two, and they ran it in to take a 14-13 lead and win the game, knocking the Owls out of the playoffs.

Gordonsville wins big in first round matchup against Whitwell

The Gordonsville Tigers scored early and often in their first round matchup against Whitwell on Friday, winning 49-0.

The Gordonsville Tigers scored 28 points in the first quarter, with Darrel Holt getting the scoring going first with seven minutes left in the first quarter off of a one yard rush to go up 7-0. Holt was able to get his second touchdown of the night following a blocked punt by Mitchell Chapman, to make the score 14-0.

The Tigers defense kept up their momentum, with Matthew Albritton getting an interception to get the ball back and Lucas Carter scoring a touchdown on the ensuing drive to go up 21, and Chapman was able to wrap up the first quarter’s scoring by recovering a fumble in the end zone to go up 28-0.

Darrel Holt and the Tigers found the endzone again with 8 minutes left in the second quarter with a 48 yard touchdown run, and Holt got his fourth touchdown of the night with under a minute left in the half running it in from 4 yards out to go up 42-0.

With the clock rolling in the second half due to point difference, the Tigers found the endzone one more time off of a scoop and score by Landon Baker to make the score 49-0 which ended up being the final score.

What’s next for the Tigers?
The Tigers will host the Clay County Bulldogs on November 13th for the second round of the playoffs.

Gordonsville wins Region 4A championship in 20-13 comeback against Monterey

The Gordonsville Tigers won the region 4A championship on Friday night, beating Monterey 20-13.

The Gordonsville Tigers started off slow, with a Gordonsville turnover giving Monterey the ball in good position to take a 7-0 lead with 6:45 left in the first quarter. 

The Gordonsville Tigers were unable to get anything going on the ensuing drive, with their drive stalling out and turning the ball over on downs at midfield. Monterey drove down and scored a touchdown  but missed the extra point to take a 13-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Gordonsville Tigers were able to narrow the gap midway through the second quarter off of a Matthew Albritton to Landon Baker touchdown to make the score 13-7.

The Tigers defense stepped up and got the ball back, and Gordonsville was able to score another long touchdown as Albritton connected with Michael McKinley for a 43 yard touchdown with 2:31 left in the first half.

Monterey drove down to inside the 10 on the following drive, but a failed fake field goal allowed Gordonsville to take a one point lead into halftime.

Both defenses slugged it out in the second quarter, with neither team able to get on the scoreboard until late in the 4th quarter. 

Gordonsville took a long drive down field, and struck on a rush by Darrel Holt, but a missed PAT made the Tigers lead 20-13 with just under 4 minutes in the game.

Monterey was able to make their way down field to the 40 yard line, but the Tigers defense stepped up and stopped Monterey on fourth down to take the ball back with 20 seconds left and run the clock out.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Gordonsville Tigers will host the Whitwell Tigers on November 6th in the first round of the playoffs.

The Smith County Owls win regular season finale 15-0 over Grundy County

The Smith County Owls traveled to Grundy County on Friday night, winning in a low scoring affair 15-0.

Neither team was able to get anything going on the first quarter, but the Owls struck first in the second quarter with DJ Burk running it in from 5 yards out, taking a 6-0 lead.

Johnny Lyda was able to get an interception, and the Owls offense drove down inside the 10 and Rodriguez hit a 29 yard field goal to give the Owls a 9-0 lead, which is what the score .

The Smith County Owls were able to add some more points on to the scoreboard in the second half, with Rodriguez hitting his second field goal of the night to extend the score to 12-0 off of a 35 yard field goal.

Neither team was able to get anything going, for the rest of the 3rd quarter, but Smith County forced a fumble with just under 10 minutes left in the game to take over at the Grundy 23 yard line. The Owls offense couldn’t get much going, but were able to get on the scoreboard as Rodriguez hit a 39 yard field goal to take a 15-0 lead.

Smith County was able to stop the Grundy County offense and get the ball back with 4 minutes left in the game. Grundy was able to get the ball back, but it was too little too late to get anything going and the Smith County Owls were able to win 15-0.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Smith County Owls will host the Brainerd Panthers next week on November 6th in the first round of the playoffs.

Gordonsville homecoming game called early in win against Jo Byrnes 30-6

Gordonsville got started early, taking the ball downfield on a long drive that saw the Tigers find the endzone on a 27 yard touchdown pass from Matthew Albritton to Tyler Gregory, but a missed PAT put the Tigers up 6-0.

Both teams took a lot of time off on their ensuing drives but were unable to find the endzone until halfway through the second quarter. Darrel Holt was able to break off an 82 yard touchdown run, and Holt converted the two point conversion to go up 14-0.

Jo Byrnes was able to answer, driving downfield and scoring as time expired. The Tigers were able to block the field goal, to take a 14-6 lead into halftime.

With heavy rain starting at halftime, Gordonsville was able to answer back at the start of the second half, stopping the Panthers on 4th and 6 at midfield, and then driving down and scoring off a 27 yard touchdown pass from Albritton to Landon Baker, and then converted the two point conversion to go ahead 22-6.

Gordonsville’s next possession saw them find the endzone after Holt broke off a 30 yard run to the goal line and then run it in from a couple yards out. The two point conversion attempt was successful, and the game entered a lightning delay immediately after. The game was then called due to lightning, and the Tigers won 30-6.

What’s next for the Tigers?

Gordonsville will wrap up their regular season next week by traveling to take on Monterey.

Smith County Owls lose 39-10 at Stone Memorial

The Smith County Owls trip didn’t go as they would have liked, as they lost to the Stone Memorial Panthers 39-10.

The Owls went down early, giving up a touchdown on a 37 yard rush on the 4th play of the game to go down 7-0. 

The Owls were unable to get anything going, punting on 3 downs. Stone Memorial was able to drive down easily and score again going up 14-0 with 5 minutes. The Owls were able to get a little going on their next drive, as they drove down field 55 yards and Salomon Rodriguez hit a  36 yard field goal to narrow the gap to 14-3 with 10 minutes in the half.

Caleb Crawford got an interception around midfield and the Owls offense was making their way downfield but Stone Memorial was able to stop the owls on 4th down at the 24. The panthers drove down field and took a 21-3 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. This lead carried to the end of the half. 

The Owls second half started strong, scoring just 19 seconds into the second half off of a 57 yard touchdown run by Josh Allen, and were able to stop the Panthers next drive. The Owls were unable to get anything going, and Stone Memorial scored two touchdowns off long rushes of 70 and 33 yards respectively. 

Stone Memorial was able to stop the Owls for the remainder of the game, and tacked on another touchdown in the fourth quarter to win 39-10.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Owls will close out their regular season on the road next week when they travel to Grundy County on October 30th

Gordonsville Tigers win 21-14 over Fayetteville despite early struggles

The Gordonsville Tigers long road trip to Fayetteville started off on the wrong foot, with the Tigers going down 8-0 just over a minute and a half into the game.

The Tigers were unable to bounce back in the first quarter, with Fayetteville scoring to start the second quarter and put Gordonsville down 14-0.

Gordonsville was able to narrow the gap with 5 minutes left in the first half off of a 1 yard rush by Tyler Gregory to make it 14-7.

Gordonsville was able to tie it up in the second half, when Tyler Gregory ran it in from six yards out to make the score 14-14 with 7 minutes left in the third quarter. 

The Tigers were able to complete the comeback and take the lead after a deep pass from Matthew Albritton to Landon Baker set the Tigers in good position and Gregory was able to run it in for his 3rd touchdown of the night to give Gordonsville a 21-14 lead, which they were able to hold onto and win the game to advance to 5-2 on the year.

What’s next for the Tigers?

The Tigers will host Jo Burns next week 10/23 for their last home game of the year.

Burke’s 5 touchdowns lead Owls to 39-7 win over Cannon

The Owls were able to get a big win over Cannon County on Friday night, winning 39-7 on the road.

Both teams started off with failed drives, despite Smith County driving to near midfield. The Owls were forced to punt.

Three plays later the Owls defense was able to get on the scoreboard with  fumble recovery scoop and score late in the first quarter by DJ Burke but a missed PAT only put the Owls up 6-0.

The Owls were able to get the ball back on the kickoff following a muffed kickoff return, but the Owls were unable to get anything going and their field goal attempt was blocked by Cannon County.

The Owls offense was able to get going again late in the second quarter, with Burke running it in from a yard out for a touchdown, and Smith County’s two point conversion failed to make the score 12-0 with 1:29 left in the half.

The Owls were able to extend their lead in the second half, as DJ Burke ran it in from a couple yards out with 4:29 left in the third to make the score 19-0, but Cannon County was able to find the endzone themselves with 10 seconds left in the quarter to make it 19-7. 

Cannon County recovered their onside kick attempt and gain a couple first downs, but a fumble that was scooped up and penalties gave the Owls the ball at the 30 yard line. 

Burke ran it in for a score to take a 26-6 lead. The Owls were able to force a couple turnovers in the fourth, with Burke scoring his 5th touchdown of the night from a couple yards out and Ryne Martin scoring a 60 yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game to wrap the Owls game up at 39-7.

What’s next for the Owls?

The Owls will travel to Stone Memorial next week, 10/23