'Jackets win third straight game over Waynesville

By: 
ALEX BOYER alex@laclederecord.com

On a rainy Friday night that included a 115-minute lightning delay in the first quarter, the Lebanon Yellowjackets improved to 3-0 on the short season with their third consecutive shutout, defeating the Waynesville Tigers 51-0 at ‘Jacket Stadium.

In three games this season, the ‘Jackets are outscoring their opponents, 151-0. It is the first time in program history that Lebanon has recorded three consecutive shutouts.

The Lebanon offense finished Friday night with 422 total yards that included 379 yards on the ground. Waynesville totaled just 73 yards against the stout Lebanon defense.

With 7:34 left in the first quarter, officials called a delay due to a lightning strike that struck nearby.

“I am proud of our kids and coaches for maintaining a good mindset,” Lebanon head coach Will Christian said. “With all the distractions and delays, it could have been easy to let down, and it was a long night.”

Christian mentioned that the play of the offensive and defensive line have been the keys for the ‘Jackets through the first three weeks.

“It is week in and week out with those guys,” Christian said. “Our offensive line is dominant, and we play quite a few people on our defensive line, and they have played extremely well.”

The ‘Jackets received the opening kickoff and drove down the field with ease after poor tackling by the Tigers allowed senior Joey Boshe to break free for a 30-plus yard carry to the two-yard line before junior Quameire Wright punched the ball into the end zone to give Lebanon a 7-0 lead with 9:34 remaining in the first quarter.

Coming out of the delay, Waynesville had a first down on the Lebanon 31 yard line before Christoffer Pedersen shanked a 35-yard field goal attempt.

On the ensuing possession, the ‘Jackets used 12 plays to go 83 yards down the field that resulted in another Wright rushing touchdown. On the drive, Wright rushed seven times for 58 yards.

Lebanon senior captain Ty Glendenning was injured on the first play of the second quarter after deflecting a pass to force a turnover on downs for Waynesville, but would later return.

“He (Ty) is a tough kid, and we couldn’t keep him out,” Christian said. “I am sure that it will be sore and we will get him rolling. It is nice to have that depth in the secondary where we were able to get him off the defensive side of the ball.”

Three plays late, senior Jayden Ivey busted free for a 26-yard rushing touchdown to give Lebanon a 21-0 lead with 10:42 left in the second quarter.

After junior Trevor Christian stuffed the Tigers on a fourth-down play to give Lebanon the ball back, Wright found the end zone for the third time in the first half on a 13-yard rushing touchdown to extend the lead to 28-0 with 7:19 left.

Wright finished the game with 18 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns.

“Quameire was a monster, and of course it starts up front, and he just finishes things,” Christian said. “He is a great back, and he has proven that. There were a lot of question marks with how we were going to replace John Berry … Quameire has put notches on the wall, and he knows he can do the job for us.”

Later in the half, Glendenning found Ivey on a 19-yard pitch and catch, and Ivey would eventually rush for a 15-yard rushing touchdown to go up 35-0.

Right before the half ended, Glendenning connected with junior Curtis Mobley on a nine-yard touchdown as Mobley hauled in the pass over a Tiger defender to give the ‘Jackets a 42-0 lead heading into the half.

With the third running clock of the season, Lebanon forced a turnover on downs on the first possession of the second half. Glendenning would scamper into the end zone for the ‘Jackets’ first score of the second half, 48-0.

Junior kicker Trey Brown would cap the scoring on the night with a 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Christian gave a thank you to all the fans who supported the team throughout the entirety of the game despite the bad weather.

“It is exciting in Jacket Nation when you get the support that we get here, and it is so appreciated,” Christian said.

Lebanon (3-0) will host Glendale (1-2) next Friday night for Homecoming beginning at 7 p.m.

“We are going to enjoy this win this weekend over our rival and come back on Monday and be ready to go,” Christian said. “The naysayers will say we are going to be distracted with Homecoming, but I will say it right now that our guys will be dialed in and ready to go and we are going to get after it and take care of business.”

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