Unfortunately for the Choctaws, despite leading by 10 points to start the fourth quarter, the ride home was longer than anticipated.
Hardin County overcame the deficit, outscoring the Choctaws 21-7 in the final quarter to win the contest 44-40 and remain unbeaten. The loss dropped Dyer County to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in district play.
After trailing 17-14 at the half, the Choctaws struck first in the third when Bryce Heathcott sprinted to pay dirt from 32 yards out as DC took a 21-17 lead after Colin Dietrich's PAT split the uprights.
The Tigers answered the touchdown with one of their own when quarterback Kendall Adkisson connected with teammate Will Shelton on an 85-yard strike that lifted the Tigers back in front, despite a failed point-after, 23-21.
The Choctaws closed out the third period with back-to-back touchdowns, both courtesy of quarterback Tucker Cozort. The junior signal caller scored on runs from 7 and 1 yards as DC took a 10-point lead at the end of the quarter, 33-23.
Though the Tigers answered to get within three points when Blakely Austin scored on a 21-yard scamper, DC responded when Cozort connect with Ky Wilson on a 53-yard strike to make it 40-30 with just over five minutes to play.
The Tigers scored the final two touchdowns however, ending the DC threat for an upset when Adkisson connected with Shelton on a 13-yard strike to lift the Tigers in front for good 44-40.
Despite the loss, Cozort and the DC offense went toe-to-toe with the high-octane Tiger offense, simply coming up a bit short after Hardin County capitalized on an interception late in the game. The miscue allowed the Tigers to march downfield for the go-ahead score late in the contest.
Cozort finished the contest completing 20-of-30 passes for 362 yards that included two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. The junior was also effective on the ground, rushing for three touchdowns.
Senior Ky Wilson led a DC receiving corps that had 11 different players with at least one reception. Wilson, after missing the first two games of the season due to injury, had his best game so far with eight receptions for 176 yards that included touchdown catches of 10 and 53 yards, respectively.