By Michael Walker
For The Lebanon Reporter
Crawfordsville — Friday night’s dominating victory for the Lebanon Tigers (5-2) marked their fifth straight over their conference foe from Crawfordsville (1-6). Dating all the way back to 1995 the Tigers have taken 17 of 18 from the Athenians in what has been a long-time, one-sided affair. Friday was no different as Lebanon scored early and often in route to a 48-13 victory.
The game got off to a torrid pace as both defenses were trying to get a handle on what was being thrown their way. The Tigers came out with their balanced attack and marched right down the field on their opening drive. Ryan Reese set things up with a 30-yard kickoff return out to midfield. From there Isaac Harker needed just five plays and 2:15 to lead his offense to paydirt. The touchdown came from three yards out as Jamason Wright went in standing up. Wright had a huge game finishing with 107 yards on just 14 carries.
“Last week they were able to bottle him up a bit, but he came out tonight and stepped up,” said Lebanon head coach Kent Wright. “He is one of those runners who gets better as the game goes.”
After the score, Crawfordsville came out in their spread offense with four and five wide receiver sets. Quarterback Travis Harris need just 3:00 minutes to mount his response was he led an 11-play, 68-yard drive in which he found wingback Casey Reeves for the 15-yard touchdown. Harris was patient on the drive as he waited for his wide outs to find the holes in the Lebanon zone defense. On the touchdown Reeves found a soft spot between the inside linebackers and Harris found him for the score.
The Tiger’s kept the up-and-down flow on its next possession as another solid return; this time from Caleb Brannon had Harker setting up shop on the plus side of the 50. From there, Harker needed just two plays to cover 46 yards for Lebanon’s second touchdown of the quarter. It was a play-action pass in which Brannon came out of the backfield virtually unguarded up the left sideline for the 36-yard score. Jake Wetzel’s extra point gave Lebanon a 14-7 lead with 5:12 left in the first.
After a Jake Marshall interception and a botched field goal, Crawfordsville was on the move for a second time. Aided by a 15-yard pass interference penalty and some nifty scrambling by Harris, the Athenians were able to punch it in for six. The touchdown came on a simple go out up the right sideline and unfortunately for Lebanon, nobody went with P.J. Schafer. Schafer hauled in the 30-yard connection just getting his feet down inbounds and inside the pylon. The blocked extra point made it 14-13 Lebanon just seconds into the second quarter.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.