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CENTRAL POINT — Lebanon High couldn’t hold a halftime lead as Crater scored 27 straight points to open the second half and held on for a 47-41 victory over the Warriors in a 5A round of 16 game on Friday night.

Turnovers were an issue as three miscues — two early in the first quarter and another at the start of the second half — led to three short touchdown drives.

Lebanon, which was third in the Mid-Willamette Conference, finishes the season 7-3.

Crater opened the second half with a touchdown drive to cut a 28-20 halftime deficit to 28-27.

After a turnover, Crater needed just one play to go up 34-28 on a 25-yard touchdown catch by Trever Jaasko with 10:09 left in the third.

Jaasko came down with another scoring grab to put Crater up 40-28 with 2:21 left in the third.

The Comets kept the pressure on and took a 47-28 lead early in the fourth.

Eddy Kennedy caught a 15-yard touchdown pass to end the Crater run and get the Warriors within 47-34 after the PAT was no good with 7:35 left.

Kennedy had a diving catch for a touchdown and the PAT made it 47-41 with 4 minutes left.

The Warriors attempted an onside kick and failed to come up with it for the second straight time.

Crater was able to keep the ensuing drive alive with a fake punt with just under 3 minutes left. The Comets picked up one more first down to seal the victory.

Lebanon fell behind 6-0 early after fumbling inside the 10 on its first possession.

The Warriors’ defense nearly held but Crater’s Tony Flores converted from a yard out on fourth down for a 6-0 lead. The point after was blocked.

Lebanon answered on its next possession and took a 7-6 lead with 6:27 left first quarter on Tomas de Jong’s extra point.

The Warriors turned it over for the second time on an interception by Flores to set the Comets up deep in Lebanon territory.

Noah Cline made it 12-7 with a 10-yard reception from Trever Davis. The PAT was good this time and Crater took a 13-7 lead.

Chaz Daniels’ 59-yard run and de Jong’s PAT gave the lead back to Lebanon, 14-13, late in the first.

The Warriors increased the lead to 21-13 on a 69-yard burst by Keith Brown midway through the second quarter.

Crater answered with a touchdown pass to get within 21-20 with 3:50 left in the half.

Lebanon countered as Brown had another long touchdown for a 28-20 lead with 48 ticks left.


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