After a sluggish start in the first quarter, the Warriors ran a roughshod against Dallas last friday defeating the Dragons 44-7 for the final game of the regular season.
The Warriors needed to defeat the Dragons to earn the last state playoff slot for the 5A state championship tournament. Lebanon won the tournament last year.
The Warriors have dropped three games this season all with less than a touchdown deciding those final outcomes. The convincing victory last week was a far cry from those heartbreaking losses.
Coach Ty Tomlin said the team was able to put everything together this game.
“We finally put it all together, and we didn’t have any turnovers, we did a really good job up front, our receivers made some catches for us, and they haven’t been doing that and competing for some balls,” Tomlin said. “Receivers blocked well for us on the edge.”
Last year Lebanon defense handled the Dragons offense and was able to again this year, Tomlin said.
“Coach Judy has a great game plan and the kids executed,” Tomlin said. “They needed to and I’m proud of our kids, I’m proud of our staff playing the way I think they’re capable of playing.”
In the first quarter, the Warriors and the Dragons both struggled to get in an offensive rhythm as they traded punts instead of points. Lebanon opened the game up in the last minute of the first with a pair of touchdowns: Colton Shepard hit Chase on a short outside pass into the endzone followed by a pass hauled in by Kyler Alley at the Dallas 40-yard line that Alley took to the house.
Shepard went for 5 for 10 on passing hard with four of his passing scoring touchdowns. He added 36 yards with his feet as well..
The Warriors spread the ball around on the ground and Cody Johnson, Chaz Daniel sand Clyde Rood racked up 283 total rushing yards.
The Warriors had the Dragon's number keeping up as the secondary had all of Dragon’s Jaret Stewart desperate long-bomb attempts well covered, and were able to break up most of those tosses without drawing pass interference flags.
Also on defense, Lebanon's Landon Kisling earned a fumble recovery and Ray Rashoodi got an interception.