Despite all the crazy weather that has come through Central Indiana on Friday nights, Friday’s match-up between Lebanon and Danville was first time teams actually had to play through the sloppy conditions.
The mud and the wind seemed to neutralize any advantage the smaller, quicker Lebanon team had and allowed the larger Danville Warriors to impose their size and strength. In spite of all that, the Tigers fought to the bitter end just falling short 21-20.
“Our quickness has been a key for us this season and tonight the wet, sloppy conditions played to Danville’s favor,” said Lebanon head coach Kent Wright. “They were rough conditions out there, but we gotta get the ball in the end zone at the end.”
That end to which Wright was referring was a fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line. It was setup by Lebanon quarterback Isaac Harker who scrambled free on a fourth-and-19 and found wingback Caleb Brannon open in the flat for a first down.
A couple of short runs and an incomplete pass then set the Tigers up with fourth-and -goal.
On the play, Harker dropped back to pass, but was unable to find an open receiver and Danville did a nice job of shutting off his running lanes forcing Harker to just throw it up in the end zone allowing it to fall harmlessly to the water soaked field.
The game started off with both teams just trying to find their footing as the rain slowly turned the field into a muddy slip-and slide.
While neither team scored on their opening drives, Lebanon used 14 plays to cover 91 yards as Harker marched his team through the slop. Harker really keyed the drive with a couple of big runs as well as throwing 3-3, including a pair of quick slants to Zach Bradley that moved the chains and kept the drive alive.
The touchdown came on a 1-yard plunge by Jamason Wright, but the missed 2-point try made it 6-0 with 2:10 left in the opening quarter.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.