Lebanon football 2010s All-Decade team

Photo by David Cates
Pictured above is former Lebanon football standout Rufus Sullivan (3) attempting to sack Lee’s Summit West quarterback Luke Knott in 2010. Sullivan was a unanimous vote to the Lebanon All-Decade football team by recording 14 sacks in 2010.


The 2010s have come and gone, and it was quite the decade for the Lebanon High School football team. Over the past decade, Lebanon football has sported a record of 75-37, including four seasons of nine wins or more (2010, 2012, 2018, 2019), three district championships (2010, 2017, 2018), two Ozark Conference titles (2010, 2012), and seven State playoff appearances (2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019), per Larry Winfrey.

While it has not always been perfect, the Yellowjackets were one of the most successful southwest Missouri high school football teams of the 2010s.

Individually, Lebanon football has had 27 players receive All-State honors the past decade, and 31 players have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiately. The Yellowjackets averaged 32.6 points per game over the decade while allowing just 23.39 points per game.

Editor Note: Whenever I was approached about doing this story, we thought it would be best to conduct votes by 14 individuals close to the LHS football program. All players from the 2010-2019 season were allowed to be voted on, and the players who received a minimum of two votes were automatically eligible for the Honorable Mention team. Players in bold represent a unanimous selection.  Players are listed in no particular order, and there were many deserving candidates that might not be on the list.
Let’s dive in and take a look at the LHS football team of the decade.

Lebanon football All-Decade team 2010-2019

(Position, number of players voted to that position, name, stats from playing career unless the only year the player was eligible for voting is 2010)

QB (1): Cole Matlock 171-261, 2,580 passing yards, 25 passing TDs.

RB (3): Brock West, 3,776 rushing yards and 51 TDs.
John Berry, 4135 rushing yards and 50 TDs.
Elza Evans, 3,266 yards and 40 TDs.

WR (4): Will Cuffee, 58 receptions, 1,123 receiving yards, 13 TDs.
Jack Ehrhardt, 751 receiving yards and 15 TDS.
Austin Harris, 838 receiving yards, eight TDs.
Connor Hicks, 1,238 receiving yards and eight TDs.

TE (2): Devon Zimdars, 20 receptions, 224 receiving yards, two TDs.
Kolby Dorris, five receptions, 96 receiving yards, three TDs.

OL (5): Malik Culp, First team All-State Class 5 2017 and 2018.
Tyler Couch, First team All-State Class 5 2012.
Isaac Archer, First team All-State Class 5 2015.
Jacob Winterrowd First team All-State Class 5 2013.
Colby Lathrop, Third team All-State Class 5 2016.

DE (2): Rufus Sullivan, 14 sacks, 91 total tackles.
Johnny Malone, 115 tackles, 27 sacks.

DT (2): Andrew Horsley, 213 tackles, 12 sacks.
Wes James, 116 tackles, 2.5 sacks.

ILB (5): Wyatt Byrd, six sacks, 161 total tackles.
Adrian Palmer, 290 tackles.
Kody Tipton, 138 total tackles, four sacks.
Hayden Weddle, 195 total tackles.
Austin Evans, 185 toal tackles.

OLB (2):Trevor Christian, 3rd team All-State Class 4 2019, 111 total tackles.
Aaron Starnes, 110 total tackles, two sacks.

CB (2): Derek Nash, one interception, 54 total tackles.
Jack Ehrhardt, six interceptions, 18 total tackles.

S (2): Austin Harris, 111 total tackles, three interceptions.
Jayden Ivey, 69 total tackles in 2018.

K/P, ST (4): Kendrick Tiller, 28-28 PAT, 47 yard FG.

Hunter Bray, Third team All-State Punter Class 5 2016.

KJ Shepherd, kickoff and punt coverage specialist.
Cole McBride, 1,108 total return yards.

Honorable mention (anyone who received two votes): Ty Glendenning, Luke Winfrey, Quameire Wright, Kaylyb Blackywell, Mason DeVasure, Ben Parod, Justin Breedlove, Jordan Lewis, Seth Douglass, Hunter McGuire, Connor Hicks (DB), Austin Knight, Dylan Bradshaw, Kaelen O'Connor, Zac Schneider, and Tyler Paul.

Stats provided by Larry Winfrey, Alex Boyer, Will Christian, and MaxPreps.

For the complete article, see the Weekend print edition of The County Record, or view http://digital.laclederecord.com/ online.


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