Glendale defeats Lebanon in shootout

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Lebanon junior Jayden Ivey (7) carries the ball for a touchdown during the first half of a high school football game on Friday night against the Glendale Falcons in Springfield. 

 
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Alex Boyer

Bend, but do not break. That is the formula the Glendale Falcons (2-2) football team did as they defeated the Lebanon Yellowjackets in a game that saw over 90 combined points scored on Friday night at Lowe Stadium, 51-42.

The Falcons offense combined for over 400 yards of total offense including 329 passing yards and seven touchdown passes from senior quarterback Alex Huston.

“Obviously I am very frustrated with the amount of points we gave up tonight,” Will Christian said. “We came into this game and completely mimicked the same approach that West Plains and Hillcrest used to slow this offense down, but weren’t nearly as effective with it.”

Just as many teams have tried to do, Lebanon could not stop the senior standout who was the nations leading passer a season ago.

The ‘Jackets got 235 rushing yards from senior running back John Berry on 35 carries and had 444 yards of total offense on Friday night.

“I thought offensively we did a great job tonight,” Christian said. “We had a couple of turnovers, but those things happen. You can’t complain about our offensive production.”

“The bottom line is that we did not get stops. It is one of those things that is extremely frustrated. I am not unhappy at our kids, we executed our game plan, it just didn’t work for us.”

Christian said he was proud of the way his teams’ effort tonight.

“I thought our kids really busted their tails tonight,” Christian said. “I am happy with them and their effort, but just came up short.

“It was a game that had a lot of opportunities, but we just did not get it done.”

Lebanon (2-2) started the game off right, forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff that was recovered by sophomore Tyler Paul and LHS would score from their first play of scrimmage when junior Jayden Ivey punched it in from 11-yards out to take an early 7-0 lead.

The ‘Jackets defense would force a quick three-and-out on the next possession and 11 plays later LHS got a one-yard touchdown from senior Michael Appleberry to extend their lead to 14-0.

After that touchdown Glendale would settle down, scoring a quick touchdown on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Huston to junior Winston Quinn.

The ‘Jackets got a two-yard touchdown from Berry to take a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter, but the Falcons responded quickly with two touchdown passes from Huston to tie the game at 21 apiece with 10:34 remaining in the second quarter.

The ‘Jackets had costly turnovers that cost them the game against Camdenton a week ago, and tonight was so different. Tied at 21 all, the Falcons would force a fumble and recover it to score five players later when Huston found Quinn to take a 28-21 lead with 7:25 left in the half.

Lebanon missed a 26-yard field goal with 1:30 left in the first half, but senior Keaton Winfrey intercepted Huston on the first play after the missed field goal to head into the locker room trailing by seven points.

In the second half, Ivey tied things up with a seven-yard touchdown with 7:15 remaining in the third quarter after an 11 play 82-yard drive.

After a turnover on downs for the Falcons, Lebanon wasted no time as senior quarterback Cole Breeden found his way into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to give Lebanon the lead back, 35-28.

Huston would throw touchdown passes on his final three possessions to rally the Falcons back for the second time in one game Friday night.

“The nice thing about this is that we have these guys in our district,” Christian said. “At that time we can do a lot more assessment and look how other teams approach them.”

Lebanon will host Hillcrest next Friday night at ‘Jacket Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

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