Game Hightlights and Mulvey's Post-Game Video From Lebanon
by Ricky Mulvey
The now 2-0 Lebanon Warriors took a commanding 42-14 victory against the Loveland Tigers on Friday night. With rock solid defense, they held the Tigers to two touchdowns with none coming in the second half. Lebanon also came out with a strong aerial attack, achieving 283 passing yards
. These passing yards were in part accomplished through a tremendous Lebanon offensive line, which allowed no sacks the entire game and allowed Warrior quarterback Luke Morgan to rarely be under pressure.
Bright spots in the game for the Tigers came from the rushing prowess of Giovanni Ricci and Graham Peter
s who amassed 85 and 73 yards respectively. The Loveland offensive line also deserves a commendation for their performance on Friday.
The game commenced fortunately for Loveland, as they forced and retrieved a fumble on the second play of the game. However, after a fruitless trip to the red zone the ball returned to the Warriors. Other than a complete 47 yard pass to University of Cincinnati wide receiver commit, Austin Wolf, the Lebanon Warrior drive was unsuccessful. The Tigers then avenged their failed first drive, marching the ball up the field, and ending it with a 4 yard touchdown carry from Graham Peters. Lebanon quickly responded with a 60 yard touchdown pass from Luke Morgan to Alex McCarty to end the quarter, and tie the game at 7-7.
Lebanon took the lead after a failed Loveland drive. Following a 34 yard pass from Luke Morgan to Alex McCarty, Morgan finished the job with a 4 yard quarterback sneak, and the Warriors were up 14-7.The next drive for the Warriors was highlighted by a fumble recovery by Charlie Lawler to give Loveland the ball. With time wearing thin in the first half, the Tigers hustled down the field and on a 19 yard pass from Ryne Terry to Tanner Hawk, Loveland tied the game at 14-14. However, with just seconds remaining, Lebanon was able to put themselves in striking distance on a series of runs, which were complemented by penalties from the Tigers. To end the half, Luke Morgan threw a 6 yard touchdown pass to Austin Wolf, and the Warriors took the lead at 21-14.
In the third quarter, the Warriors took the reins of the game. It was highlighted by not one, but two pick six interceptions by Lebanon’s Brad Ellis, and a 50 yard touchdown pass from Luke Morgan to Austin Wolf. The Warriors ended the quarter with a 42-14 lead and after a 4th quarter of what was a battle of JV squads the game was over.
Next week Loveland is at home against the 2-0, Oak Hills Highlanders.