Lebanon Reporter

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August 18, 2012

Tigers rout Pioneers with big second half

Lebanon — For just the third time since 2000 and the first in three years, the Lebanon Tigers started its campaign by defeating the Mooresville Pioneers.

The Tigers pulled away in the second half to win 42-20.

The most noticeable difference for the Tigers was the poised shown by junior quarterback Isaac Harker.

In his second year at the helm he was able to survey the field, standing tall in the pocket as he picked apart the Pioneer defense.

Despite the final score, it was an unsettling start for Lebanon after winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, Mooresville’s return man Tommy Waites took the opening kickoff 85 yards for a

touchdown.

As he cut across the field from left to right a perfect wall formed completely opening the right side of field as Mooresville took a quick 6-0 advantage. The Tigers then tried a little trickery on it’s opening in

play in an attempt to strike back, but Caleb Brannon’s halfback pass was picked off by Trace Rooks setting the Pioneers up with an opportunity to blow the game open in its early stages.

Fortunately for the Tigers, Mooresville would experience their own opening night jitters as wide out Dennis Thomas fumbled it right back into the arms of Zac Bradley of Lebanon.

“Well we started out about as bad as you start a game,” said Lebanon head coach Kent Wright. “…but after the kick return and interception though we really fought back hard.”

The game would finally start to settle down as both teams tried to find their offensive rhythm. Still trailing 6-0 midway through the first it was Lebanon’s running back Collin Campbell that provided the steady hand.

On the Tiger’s third possession Campbell carried five times for 31 yards including the 5-yard touchdown off the left side as he was tackled across the goal line. Jake Wetzel’s extra point gave Lebanon

a 7-6 lead it would never relinquish.

The rest of the first and early parts of the second quarters were marred by missed opportunities. Twice the Tigers drove inside the Pioneer 5-yard line with only a defensive safety to show for their efforts.

For more of this story, read Saturday’s Lebanon Reporter.

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