Macon County and DeKalb County combined for more than 900 total yards in Friday’s Region 3-4A tilt, but the 10th-ranked Tigers ran away with a 62-34 victory to clinch a home playoff game in Class 4A.
Junior Noah Likens had a career-best 174 rushing yards on 21 carries, including touchdown runs of two and 43 yards. Senior quarterback Seth Carlisle added 141 rushing yards on 10 carries, scoring on runs of 53 and 59 yards. The Tigers (7-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 3-4A) rushed for 332 yards as a team.
Carlisle added 271 passing yards, completing 12-of-22 passes and throwing for four touchdowns.
Curtis Oliver caught two of those touchdown passes, scoring from five and 28 yards away. Oliver also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown, as the Tigers scored defensively for the second consecutive week. The Tiger defense also added a safety in back-to-back weeks when DeKalb County fell on a fumble in its own end zone.
Ethan Jenkins caught three passes for 107 yards and a 78-yard touchdown, while Chris Oliver caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Carlisle and finished with three catches for 94 yards.
The Tigers conclude their three-game road stretch Friday at Upperman in a non-region contest.