Were trying to play to our personnel strengths, there are things Id rather be doing offensively, but I think what were doing suits our personnel, said LHS coach Sam Harp.
The Blue Devils generated a score when junior tailback Taye Davis scored on a 59-yard busted play with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
Lebanons fullback went right, as Davis went left toward his own sideline. He turned the corner then ran over a would-be tackler on the way to a touchdown.
Davis also converted a two-point conversion as he ran in after taking a direct pass from long snapper Coleton Thomas dusting off the polecat formation made famous by the late Blue Devil Hall of Fame coach Clifton Tribble back in the 1960s.
Trailing LHS 8-0, the turning point of the game seemed to be Mt. Juliets defense stopping Lebanons Jarren Stewart three inches shy of a first down on a fourth and one near midfield midway through the second quarter.
Energized after the defensive stand, the Bears reeled off 29 unanswered points -- giving rookie head coach Trey Perry his first career victory.
Its good to see these guys come together and our coaching staff come together to get a big victory, Perry said. I think that stop got us going a little bit. High school kids, its about momentum. No matter how much you talk about playing the next play, momentum figures into it, Perry said.
Scored nine points before intermission, then added 20 more in the second half on long runs by Kyle Smith (70 and 46 years) and Courtland Douglas (79 yards).
Offensively, we kind of feed off those explosions, Perry said. Once we got the edge sealed, Kyle and Courtland (Douglas) did a great job of finishing.
Despite playing most players just one way, Lebanon fell victim to the heat and high humidity as several players went out with cramps.
It also didnt help matters that soph tailback Jarren Stewart went out with an ankle injury early in the second half and Davis was taken to the hospital for an IV after suffering a full body cramp shortly after intermission.
It was unfortunate that we had kids cramping up all over the place and of course Jarren with the broken ankle early in the second half it kind of snowballed on us from that point on, Harp said.
Our kids played hard throughout. We were on the verge there of going up 15 or 16 there in the first half and who knows how it would have turned out had we done that.
Mt. Juliet finished with 390 yards in total offense and 11 first downs including 345 yards rushing on 35 carries.
Lebanon totaled 319 yards in offense with 15 first downs, running for 219 yards on 38 attempts.
Smith paced the Bears with 164 yards rushing on just nine carries. He scored three touchdowns.
Davis led Lebanon with 72 yards on five carries; Stewart had 65 yards on nine tries and soph Karlton Bruton chipped in with 44 yards on 11 attempts.
Quarterback Christian Haffner scrambled 10 times for 31 yards. He also completed 10-of-25 passes attempts for 100 yards.
Mt. Juliet returns to action Aug. 30 as Antioch comes to town. Lebanon will entertain Franklin County High in the Blue Devil homecoming game.
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