Lebanon Reporter

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August 24, 2013

Tigers pummel Pioneers 29-0 in Mooresville in season opener

Friday night the Lebanon Tigers made it three in a row over Mooresville as they dominated the Pioneers for the second-straight season opener with the 29-0 victory. The current series dates back to 1995 with the Pioneers holding the slight edge 11-8 in the regular season and 2-1 in sectional play, but the Tigers have turned the tables of late. “It’s nice to get that first win,” said Lebanon head coach Kent Wright. “Our offense struggled a bit tonight, but the ‘D’ played real well; happy to get the win.” Both teams came out of the gate pretty shaky on offense as they tried to calm the nerves and kick off the rust of a long off-season. While Mooresville’s initial drive resulted in a quick three-and-out, it was the long snapper that caused the biggest miscue. The snap on the punt went back into the end zone and as the entire Lebanon special teams unit was there to record the safety and take 2-0 less than two minutes into the game. Then, despite starting its ensuing drive near midfield as a result of the free kick, Lebanon’s offense also sputtered as senior quarterback Isaac Harker took a big sack that left his team with a third-and-long resulting in a failed forth down attempt. While each team moved the ball it was into the second quarter before either offensive unit finally gained a little momentum. It was the Tigers third possession of the night and senior running back Jamason Wright carried the load. Wright carried the ball eight times for 54 yards on that drive alone finishing the night with more than 200 rushing yards. For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.

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