Then midway through the third quarter Southmont quarterback Devon Burton found a bit of luck. Burton put together an 8-play scoring drive that really amounted to a pair of outstanding efforts.
The first was a 24-yard scamper off the right side from wingback Chance Brown. The second came on a fourth-and-twelve from the 32-yard line. Burton dropped back to pass, but was chased out of the pocket before delivering a strike to Zach Worm, who was cutting back across the end zone. The 32-yard touchdown, and Burton’s 2-point conversion, gave Southmont an 8-0 lead with just 2:07 left in the third.
That, however, would be the last time the ball would cross into Lebanon territory. Southmont was assessed a personal foul from the 2-point conversion and a false start on their first attempt making their kickoff from the 20-yard line.
This gave Lebanon great field position as they set up shop at the Southmont 47. After two plays straight up the gut from Wright, Harker then faked the handoff and kept the option off the right side, broke an arm tackle and rumbled 38 yards for the answering touchdown. Wright added a 2-point conversion to retie the game at 8-8 with just 0:47 left in the third. Harker finished the night with nine carries for 92 yards.
Though it was not his first keeper of the night, it seemed to be the one that broke open the flood gates. Southmont’s ensuing possession was a one-and-done as Burton fumbled the handoff and Kyle Williams was ‘Johnnie on the spot’ for the recovery. Three plays and 24 yards later Wright was waltzing his way into the end zone for the score. The 12-yard run, maybe his easiest of the night gave Lebanon a 15-8 lead and they never looked back.
After a holding penalty negated a big first down for the Mounties and forced a punt, the Tigers were on the march again. This time it was a 44-yard drive in which Wright pounded his way up the gut on five of the seven plays before setting up a nicely executed play-action pass from Harker. Following the fake handoff he found Zach Unger all alone for the 21-yard touchdown.