Lebanon defense stymies Bison --
GALLATIN – Lebanon's swarming defensive unit limited Station Camp to just 37 yards in total offense and five first downs in Friday's 38-0 Region 4-6A victory.
The Blue Devils sacked Bison quarterback Max Barnett seven times for 57 yards in losses and picked off a pass – improving to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the region.
Station Camp's longest play from scrimmage was a Barnett to T.J. Winston pass that covered 19 yards in the first half. With the loss, the Bison slipped to 0-7 on the season and 0-3 in the region.
Lebanon wasted no time getting on the board with a three-play, 55-yard scoring drive set up by a long kickoff return by DeQuantay Shannon.
Dalton Woods was on the receiving end of a 23-yard touchdown pass from Breeze Copas with 10:48 left in the first quarter.
The Blue Devils scored again, this time after a Bison punt as Shannon reeled off a 55-yard touchdown jaunt through the teeth of the Station Camp defense with 00:52 left in the first.
LHS kicker Christian Pena boomed a 40-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead at the 5:44 mark of the second.
The Blue Devils closed out the first half with a 10-play, 64-yard drive that ended when Copas connected with Polo Phillips on a 4-yard crosser with just 00:09 remaining before intermission to take a 24-0 lead into the break.
Following a scoreless third period Lebanon tacked on a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns as Shannon scored from 1-yard out and reserve tailback Brandon Martin carried three times for 36 yards and scored on a 4-yard blast with 3:50 remaining to invoke the running clock.
Despite 110 yards on 13 accepted penalties, Lebanon was still able to pile up 326 yards in total offense and 12 first downs.
“It wasn't pretty with all the penalties,” said LHS head coach Chuck Gentry, “but we'll certainly take it. If you can go on the road and shut out a region opponent – I'm not going to complain.”
Shannon battled cramps late in the first half and still managed to run for 149 yards on 19 carries and scored twice.
Copas completed 8-of-14 pass attempts for 102 yards and threw for a pair of touchdowns after sitting out last week's loss to Beech while nursing a sprained (left) non-throwing shoulder.
Station Camp's Terry Bradley paced the Bison with 34 yards rushing on 14 attempts.
Under constant pressure, Barnett completed just 2-of-15 pass attempts for 25 yards.
Lebanon is idle until an Oct. 18 home game versus Stewarts Creek.
SCHS will take a week off, then be back in action Friday, Oct. 18 at Beech.