The two Wilson County teams battled to a 7-7 tie at intermission only to see the Wildcats break on top with a pair of quick strikes to open play in the third quarter.
Central broke op top with a two play, 59 yard scoring drive with just 37 second gone in the period as Cody Clawson broke a sweep 26 yards around end.
Holding LHS to a three and out, Alex Raines then bolted 52 yards up the middle of the field on a punt return, setting the ‘Cats up in business at the Lebanon 12.
Three plays later quarterback Kelten Stewart bulled in for the TD and Central had a 21-7 advantage.
Wilson Central appeared to put the game out of reach on an 82-yard scoring run by Clawson, but the play back.
Noseman Jacob Oliver recovered an Alex Raines fumble at the Lebanon eight to snuff out Central’s scoing opportunity.
The Blue Devils then marched 92 yards in six plays as Matthew Maynard connected on a short jump pass to his brother Jacob near midfield.
The senior turned on the jets and motored 65 yards for a touchdown with 6:11 left in the game.
Wilson Central ran out the final minutes of the game, converting a key fourth and four as punter Ross Strong swept right end while Lebanon scrambled to get their punt return team on the field.
"It looked like there was 14 or 15 Lebanon guys on the field," Coach Aric said, "but regardless, Ross made a big play right there."
Three costly fumbles and a couple of ill-times penalties kept Central from pulling away.
All told, Wilson Central cranked out 325 yards in offense, 305 on the ground. The Wildcats racked up 12 first downs.
Cody Clawson led WCHS with 138 yards on just seven carries and rushed for two scores.
Lebanon managed 242 yards, just 70 rushing, while collecting 10 first downs.
Matthew Maynard completed 8-of-12 passes for 172 yards and was picked off in the second half by JaJuan Brooks -- who now has seven INTs on the season. He was sacked six times.
Jacob Maynard caught four passes for 84 yards; Robert Crudup caught three balls for 48 and Alex Hutto had a big 40 yard catch in the first half to set up a Lebanon score.