The Owls won their homecoming game against the Dekalb County Tigers in a high scoring game, 47-34.

The Owls defense was able to force a three and out on the Tigers first drive, forcing them to punt the ball down to the Smith County 19 yard line.

The Owls offense was able to strike first off of a 3 yard John Ross Hord touchdown run. The score finished off an 81 yard drive that took off over 8 minutes of game time to give the Owls a lead of 6-0 with just 1:30 left in the first quarter.

The Smith County defense was then able to make another stop, giving the Owls the ball back on their 27 yard line. Tanner Marshall was able to break off a 61 yard run to put the Owls at the 4 yard line. Eli Martin found his way to the end zone on the next play. A 2-point conversion by the Owls brought the score to 14-0 with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

The Tigers were driving down the field on their next possession, but the Owls were able to put a stop to their drive when they were able to intercept the ball near the 30 yard line. The Owls were able to score their third touchdown of the game on a 44 yard pass by Cameron Spivey to Isaac Dick to make the score 21-0 with just over 5 minutes left in the first half.

Dekalb County was able to return the ball to the Owls 42 yard line. The Tigers capitalized on the good field position, scoring on a 23 yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 21-7.

The Tigers were able to score again before the half to bring the score to 21-14.

The Owls started the second half off with a 91 yard kickoff return by Martin, but were not able to convert their 2 point conversion attempt, bringing the score to 27-14.

Dekalb County scored on the following drive on a run to narrow the Owls lead to 27-21 with just over 8 minutes in the third quarter.

The Owls following drive saw the Owls find the end zone in just over a minute following a 40 yard  rush by Eli Martin that set up a 14 yard touchdown pass to Hord. The Owls successfully went for two, to bring the score to 35-21.

The Owls were able to get the ball back at the 8 yard line due to a high snap went flying over the Dekalb County punters head.

Jaden Apple-Gibbs was able to run the ball in on the next play, but were unable to get the two point conversion attempt to put the Owls up 41-21 halfway through the third quarter.

Dekalb County were able to score to make the score 41-28 following a long drive with 29 second left in the third quarter.

Eli Martin was able to give the Owls some momentum back with a big return in what looked like his second return touchdown of the game, but a penalty on the return pushed the Owls back to the Dekalb County 30 yard line. The Owls were not able to get anything done offensively despite the good field position, turning the ball over on four downs.

Dekalb County was looking to make it a one possession game, but the Owls defense was able to stop their drive and force a turnover on downs to give the Owls the ball back with just over 7 minutes left in the game at the Dekalb County 45.

The Owls were held to a three and out, but pinned the Tigers at the 1 yard line on the punt, which helped Smith County force a three and out to give the Owls the ball back with 4:11 left.  A couple plays later, Martin was able to break away and rush for his third touchdown of the game to give the Owls a 47-28 lead.

Dekalb County drove down and scored to make the score with 51 seconds in the game to make the score 47-34, but it was too little too late as their onside attempt was recovered by the Owls.

What’s next?

The Owls will be on the road next week when they take on region opponents Cannon County.