Lebanon advances to third-straight district championship

LCR photo/Alex Boyer

Lebanon senior running back Quameire Wright rushes for a long run during the first quarter of a high school football game on Friday night against the Helias Crusaders.

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NICK MORRIS LCR

In dominating fashion, the Lebanon High School football team rolled the Helias Crusaders (9-2 overall) to advance to their third consecutive district title game after stomping the Crusaders 43-13 on a frigid Friday night in the Capital City.

There is no doubt the Lebanon (9-2 overall) offense deserves credit for the way they executed on Friday night. Still, the defense put together a performance of a lifetime, dominating the Crusaders in the trenches and forcing four turnovers in the contest, moving LHS to plus 12 in the turnover category on the year, per Kevin Stubblefield of KJEL.

“I thought we played exceptional defense,” Lebanon head coach Will Christian mentioned. “I thought coach (Kurtis) Allen was spot on with coverage looks that we needed, and it was just an absolute well-played game.

“We tackled well, created turnovers, had sacks, and it was fun to watch.”

Christian also talked about how important it is for his football team to be playing some of their best football in November during district play.

“I think we are knocking on the door of playing our best ball,” he said. “We will need to continue to do that too because there were 32 teams alive when we started the night, and now there is 16, so we gotta be playing our best ball.

“We have a lot of kids that are stepping up … I am so proud of them, and you can tell it is visible in us that we want to make this run.”

It was a three-yard touchdown by running back Quameire Wright that got the party started after a long on a 75-yard drive that lasted 11 plays, but after that score, the ‘Jackets’ defense answered the call.

On the first possession that Helias had the football, Lebanon forced a fourth-down stop on a 4th and one play that was blown up to give the ‘Jackets possession. Unfortunately, the next drive was cut short after senior Tyler Paul had a long wide receiver pass to sophomore Drew Truelove who was stripped, and the Crusaders recovered the ball for a touchback.

The defense rose to the occasion again on the ensuing play, forcing a fumble that was recovered by senior defensive lineman Kalub Ellingson, and set up good field position as Wright walked in for a five-yard touchdown just four plays later to make it 14-0.

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