New Market - Though the final score of 34-8 may not indicate it, Lebanon earned a hard fought victory Friday night to remain among a perfect 4-0.
The Mounties gave Lebanon all they could handle for three quarters, before Isaac Harker used the option to blow the game open late in the second half.
“We harped all week on not letting up and not overlooking these guys,” said Lebanon head coach Kent Wright. “This team has kind of snuck up on us the past few years and I’m proud of our kids for responding in the second half.”
To his point, Southmont had beaten the Tigers three of the past four seasons, but it seemed the coaching staff had gotten their point across throughout the week of practice.
If their coach’s message wasn’t enough the Mounties first half showing surely did the trick as the teams went into the locker room in a scoreless tie at the intermission.
In what might be the fastest half of football the Tigers play all season, just under 50 minutes real time, both teams had long drives deep into enemy territory, but each were turned away. Lebanon’s first possession resulted in a turnover on downs just outside the Mountie 30-yardline. Southmont then followed suit on their second possession as Lebanon made a goal line stand to preserve the 0-0 tie.
Following the missed opportunities the teams would exchange both interceptions and punts as a relatively quiet first half came to a close to a close.
“I told our kids that this was going to be the best ‘D’ we have faced to this point,” said Wright. “We talked at halftime about not getting frustrated and continuing to do what we do and eventually it would come.”
Though their coach was correct, it would certainly come, it was not going to be without difficulties. The Tigers would open the second half with dropped passes and penalties that completely derailed any offensive rhythm as the two team continued to trade punts.