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Gallatin rallies past LHS

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Five plays later burly Robert Caruthers barreled into the endzone from a yard out for his first career TD.

Nathan Gibson’s 26 yard field goal closed out a five play, 47 yard drive and sent LHS to the locker room up 17-0.

After being held to just 95 first half yards, Gallatin played inspired ball in the second half, churning out 339 yards and never punting.

The Wave scored on three straight trips down the field to take a 20-17 lead, only to see Lebanon answer with a perfectly executed 77 yard scoring bomb from Maynard to Crudup for a 24-20 LHS lead.

Gallatin returned the favor with a seven play, 72 yard drive and went ahead again 27-24.

Lebanon took 10 plays to cover 72 yards on the next possession and milked the clock down to 1:36 left in the contest to take the lead again at 30-27.

Twice in the drive, LHS converted fourth downs (4th and 5 and 4th and 15) on fake punts – both passes to Crudup from Maynard.

In the end, Gallatin converted a fourth and 17 as Matthews hooked up with Jonathan Woodard for 28 yards.

Second later, Matthews hit DJ Woods for a 38 yard connection down to the four where Matthews scored the game winner from four yards out.

The loss overshadowed a spectacular offensive night for Crudup who finished with five receptions for 228 yards and two scores. Matthew Maynard completed7-of-14 passes for 263 yards and three scores.

Gallatin was led by Holder with 129 yards on 19 carries and Matthews who had 125 yards on 21 attempts.

Lebanon will host two-time defending state champion Smyrna Sept. 5 at Nokes-Lasater Field.

 

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