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Lebanon tops FCHS 31-17

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Franklin County took the opening kickoff and drove 43 yards in 10 plays, as Tyler Rhoten drilled a 34 yard field goal with 6:35 left in the first quarter.

Lebanon answered with 65-yard march, as Davis accounted for 55 by himself and ended the drive with a one-yard plunge with 10:10 left in the half. The two-point conversion try was bothed, giving the Blue Devils a 6-3 lead.

Special teams hustle resulted in another LHS score as Franklin County mishandled a Christian Haffner rugby punt. Wayne Bruton knocked the ball loose and Alexander Saunders recovered at the four.

Bruton punched it in off right tackle, giving the Blue Devils a 13-3 lead with 3:16 left in the half, only to see FCHS cut the margin to 13-10 on a six yard run by D.J. Samuels.

Lebanon outscored Franklin County 18-7 in the second half, never throwing a pass.

"We ran the ball pretty good there in the second half," Harp said, "Taye ran the ball better tonight, he's getting better every time he goes out there. Karlton is a warrior, he's playing on both sides of the ball."

All told, Lebanon ran for 275 yards on 37 attempts -- an average of 7.4 yard per try -- and finished with 11 first downs.

Davis finished with 180 yards on 20 carries and three TDs. Bruton rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries and two scores.

Samuels led Franklin County with 141 yards on 17 carries and and a touchdown before leaving the game with cramps.

LHS defenders sacked the Franklin County QB five times and McDaniels recovered a Rebel fumble.

The Blue Devils return to action next week as they travel to Hendersonville to take on the always-tough Commandos in a District 9-AAA contest.

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