Lebanon Reporter

October 19, 2013

Stars smash Tigers' title hopes

By Will Willems
Sports Editor

---- — The Lebanon Tigers football team drove across the county Friday night looking to win a share of the Sagamore Conference title for the first time since 2006. Western Boone had other ideas. Logan Wethington and Riggs Baxter connected for three touchdown passes in the game and the Stars topped Lebanon for the fourth-straight time 21-17. "You always want to beat your rival," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times in the first quarter, so we had to settle our boys down. I happy the way to responded. I thought we gave some stuff away in the first half and we came back with intensity and that is what we needed to do. We scored when we needed to score and Riggs Baxter was Riggs Baxter." Baxter finished the game with nine catches for 166 yards. Lebanon head coach Kent Wright said the junior's play was the difference in the close game. "The difference was Riggs Baxter," Wright said. "Obviously he made some big plays. We were 1 of 9 on third down and they were 6 of 12, so that was huge as well. But at the end of the day, Riggs beat us pretty well." Wright went on to say that there aren't many playmakers with the amount of talent as Baxter in the Sagamore Conference. "He is pretty good," Wright said. "He is the best receiver we have seen all year I think. I would hate to say who the best is when you have some really good players out there. Tri-West has a couple of really good athletes, Jalen West from North Mont. hurt us. There are a lot of good athletes and I don't know who the best one is, but Riggs is one of the best receivers. He changed the game and was the difference. He is their play maker and coach Pelley did a good job of going to him and he made plays for them." It didn't take long for the fireworks to start in the game. Western Boone took the opening kickoff and used just four plays to score, when Wethington connected with Baxter for a 47-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, giving Western Boone a 6-0 lead. For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.