Lebanon football team to play in jamboree tonight

Photo courtesy Nicholas Mebruer
Pictured above is Lebanon junior Ry Evans carrying the ball during last year’s jamboree at Mount Vernon High School. The ‘Jackets are slated to kick off their jamboree tonight at 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon High School.


The Lebanon High School football team will kick off the 2017 season tonight when they travel to Mt. Vernon High School today to compete in the Mt. Vernon Football Jamboree.

The jamboree will consist of four teams which include Bolivar, Lebanon, Mt. Vernon, and Neosho.

Start time remains scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and all games will be played at Mount Vernon High School.

Today we will preview the Jamboree so fans can look at each team’s key players, key losses, and expectations for the 2017 season.

Bolivar Liberators: 6-5 (Lost to Carl Junction in Class 4, District 5 semifinal)

Key Losses: Connor Sechler, QB – In three years as the starting quarterback for the Liberators Sechler threw for 6,699 yards and 68 touchdowns. Sechler has signed to play baseball at Missouri State in the spring.

Brandon Emmert, TE – Emmert, a first team all-state selection finished his senior season with 79 receptions, 901 yards receiving, and 19 touchdown receptions. Emmert has signed to play basketball at Central Missouri.

Players to watch: Deacon Banner, QB, senior – Banner will take over under center for the Liberators this fall with little experience, throwing just one pass at the varsity level that wound up being an interception.

Lane Loomer, RB, senior – Loomer is expected to be the top player for the Liberators this season and a top running back in southwest Missouri after finishing his junior year with 1,798 rushing yards on 257 carries to go along with 19 touchdowns.

Zach Howard, OL, DL, senior – Howard is a four-year starter for the Liberators and will be expected to open up holes for Loomer after earning first team all-state honors a season ago. On the defensive side of the ball, Howard finished the season with six sacks and 70 total tackles.

Lebanon Yellowjackets: 7-4 (Lost to Ozark in Class 5, District 4 semifinals)

Key Losses: Jack Ehrhardt, WR – Gone is Lebanon’s leading receiver a year ago, finishing the year with 471 total receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, the ‘Jackets will need to rely on Will Richardson, Keaton Winfrey, and Dominic Evers to step up and fill the void. Ehrhardt was also named first team all-state as a defensive back.

Hayden Weddle, LB – Weddle was a three-year starter for the ‘Jackets and his leadership ability on the defensive side of the ball will be missed. He finished the season with 64 total tackles and two sacks. Weddle will begin his freshman year on the Evangel football team this fall.

Colby Lathrop, OL – Lathrop was a third team all-state lineman and the anchor on the ‘Jackets’ offensive line. LHS will rely on seniors Korbin Smith (6’0, 265 lbs), Wyatt Stone (6’0, 260 lbs), Rylan Hoard (6’2, 285 lbs), and Jacob Ruble (5’10 235 lbs) to all help fill the loss of Lathrop. All four linemen mentioned above all started at least three games last season.

Players to watch: Cole Breeden, QB, senior – Breeden will begin his second season under center for the Lebanon football team this fall. Breeden had a nice junior campaign, throwing for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns to go with 574 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on the ground.

John Berry, RB, senior – Undoubtedly the top player for the ‘Jackets and perhaps the top running back in the entire southwest Missouri area, Berry will be the main offensive weapon this season for LHS. As a junior, Berry rushed for 1,392 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 177 total carries. Berry missed two games in 2016, and his health will be a huge factor heading into 2017.

Cannon York, DE, senior – York is the lone returning all-conference selection on the defensive side of the ball, earning second team honors last year. He totaled 19 tackles with two sacks this season and will need to produce for a Lebanon defense that returns just four starters.

Other players to watch: Michael Appleberry (LB, senior), Cole McBride (DB, senior), Ty Glendenning (S, junior), Hunter Bray (RB, senior), Ry Evans (LB, junior), Mark Webster (DE, senior), Jordan Lewis (OL, sophomore), and Jayden Ivey (S, junior)

Mount Vernon Mountaineers: 7-5 (lost to Monett in Class 3 District 4 championship)

Key losses: Garrett Hadlock, QB – Hadlock was a leader for the Mountaineers a season ago, eclipsing the 3,000-yard passing mark with 219 completions and throwing for 36 touchdowns.

Jarrett Massie, WR – One of the top receivers in the entire area last season. Massie finished his senior season with 82 catches for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. Mt. Vernon will surely miss his presence this fall.

Players to watch: Sammy Robinson, RB – Robinson will be the key to success this season for head coach Tom Cox and the Mountaineers. Last season, Robinson churned out 1,100 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound back is both speedy and elusive.

Andrew Montemayor, WR – Montemayor is a speedy threat who will be one of the most exciting players to watch in the area. Last year, Montemayor hauled in 13 touchdowns and finished the year with 56 catches for 920 yards.

Will Boswell, LB – Boswell is a guy that you will see a lot of tonight at the jamboree and throughout the season if you are watching the Mountaineers. Last year he had one of the best tackling seasons in Missouri high school football history by finishing the year with 202 tackles.

Neosho Wildcats: 6-4 in 2016 (Lost to Nixa in Class 5 District semifinal)

Key losses: Bryce Murphy, WR – Murphy was a second team all-state selection last year and was a top wide receiver in the area. Murphy had 56 catches for 1,250 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Players to watch: Adrian Hitchcock, DL, senior – Hitchcock is looking to build off a strong junior season where he was voted first team all-conference at the defensive tackle position. Besides being a standout football player, Hitchcock brought home the gold medal at the Class 3 state tournament at 285 pounds.

James Renfro, DB, senior – Renfro is Neosho’s only other returning all-conference player. He was First-Team All-COC Large at defensive back last year. He will also see time on offense according to first-year head coach Leon Miller.


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