LEBANON — For the second straight week, the Lebanon High football team fell behind 17-0 before making a comeback attempt.
And for the second time in as many weeks, the Warriors left Heath Stadium with a heartbreaking Mid-Willamette Conference setback.
Silverton used a 20-play, 81-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to eke out a 31-30 victory to remain undefeated.
The Warriors, who lost 25-24 to Crescent Valley least week thanks to a late touchdown, drop to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in MWC play. Lebanon is at Corvallis next Friday.
Silverton’s Levi Nielsen connected with Spencer Clements from 19 yards out to cap a 25-yard drive after a Lebanon fumble to put the Foxes up 7-0.
In the second quarter, Nielsen and Clements connected again, this time from 11 yards out for a 14-0 lead.
The Foxes made it 17-0 with 1:14 left on a 28-yard field goal.
The Warriors got back in the game thanks to a 64-yard TD pass from Colton Shepard to Tanner Acosta with 7 seconds left before the intermission. Shepard ran in the two-point conversion to get within 17-8 at the half.
Lebanon made it a 17-14 game with 6:31 left in the third as Cody Johnson capped a 65-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run on an option pitch.
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to take the lead as Shepard scored on a 1-yard run, and his pass to Dillan Weber for the 2-point conversion put Lebanon up 22-17 with 4:28 left in the period.
Silverton responded as Nielsen hit Easton Ashwell for a 60-yard TD with 3:18 left in the third for a 25-22 lead after a successful two-point try.
Clyde Rood put the Warriors back on top with a 2-yard run. The two-point conversion was good and Lebanon lead 30-25 after three quarters.
Nielsen’s 8-yard run capped the 81-yard drive that took 20 plays for a 31-30 lead with 2:38 to play. The two-point conversion run failed.