By Will Willems
The Lebanon Tigers entered Friday’s sectional match-up with Mooresville looking to slow down Pioneer running back Zane O’Dell.
It did that — and more. Lebanon held O’Dell to 19 yards rushing on 11 carries and dominated defensively in a 19-0 win Friday night.
“We were worried about O’Dell, he is a great runner,” Lebanon head coach Kent Wright said. “We talked about how we were going to have to fly around and gang tackle him and I thought the defense did a good job of doing that.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Lebanon scored on its first drive of the second quarter.
Jamason Wright — who on the first play of the drive ran down the left sideline for 35 yards — punched it in from seven yards out with 4:54 to go in the half. The extra point was blocked, leaving the Tigers’ lead at 6-0.
Lebanon forced a Pioneer three-and-out and started from its own 42 with 2:43 to go. The Tigers marched down the field in six plays, scoring when Collin Campbell scored on a two-yard run. The two-point try was unsuccessful, giving Lebanon a 12-0 lead in the game.
Campbell rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries and Wright had 94 yards on 18 carries. Both backs had more yards individually than Mooresville had as a team.
“With the mud and the rain we wanted to control the ball and control the clock and run the ball,” coach Wright said. “I thought we did that. The line did a good job blocking and we were able to get it done tonight. We are just hoping for some good weather next week so we can throw the ball more.”
For a majority of the third quarter, both offenses were in reverse. On the first five possessions of the half, the two teams combined for negative 23 yards of offense.
For more of this story, read Saturday's Lebanon Reporter.