MAYNARD, NEAL RUN WILD
By TOMMY BRYAN
LEBANON -- Imagine buying a ticket for high school football game and seeing a track meet break out.
That's what happened Friday as Station Camp and Lebanon burned up Nokes-Lasater Field in a 53-48 shootout won by the Blue Devils.
The two teams combined for an incredible 1,061 yards in total offense, 20 first downs and eight scoring plays of 42 yards or longer.
"I've got to give Station Camp all the credit in the world," said Lebanon head coach Bobby Brown, "we were up 21 in the first half, 20 in the second half and they never quit. We had to keep scoring. It must have been a great game to watch."
Banging away at the Station Camp front, Lebanon jumped to a 20-0 lead with 6:52 left in the second quarter on the strength of TD runs of 10 and 74 yards by QB Patrick Maynard and an 87 yard burst up the middle by halfback Jarvon Neal.
The Bison finally scratched as wingback DeMarquise Johnson broke free on a 42 yard run down the Station Camp sideline at the 4:45 mark of the second period to trim Lebanon's margin to 20-6.
The teams proceeded to swap scores as Station Camp matched Lebanon touchdown for touchdown until early in the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils attempted a rugby-style punt from deep in their own territory. Cody Romines broke through and blocked the punt, which was recovered by Rico Nutter at the Blue Devils' 3-yard line. Johnson powered in on the next snap and trimmed the deficit to 41-34 with 9:34 left in the game.
Lebanon followed by piecing together a six-play, 65 yard drive that ended with Maynard ramming in for a seemingly safe 47-34 Blue Devil lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, LHS lofted a high kick, angled toward the Station Camp sideline. Nutter fielded the ball at his own 30, raced across the field and headed for the end zone for a 70 yard touchdown return, trimming Lebanon's lead to one score at 47-41.
However, Lebanon answered with another big play as Maynard raced 59 yards to pay dirt on the second play from scrimmage -- and a 53-41 LHS lead with 4:25 remaining.
Nutter's one-yard plunge with 00:57 left ended the game's longest scoring drive of 14 plays, 57 yards.
An onsides kick attempt was recovered by Kammerzell, but was ruled to have come prior to the referee whistling the ball ready for play. A second onsides attempt was recovered by Lebanon, allowing the Blue Devils to end the game with two kneel downs.
Johnson paced the Bison with 185 yards rushing on 25 attempts -- numbers that paled in comparison to Lebanon's 1-2 punch of Maynard and Neal.
Maynard ran for 308 yards on 27 carries and scored four times, while Neal rushed for 287 yards on 12 carries -- an average of nearly 24 yards per try – and three touchdowns.
Station Camp ended the season 1-9 overall, the worst mark for the Bison since the school opened.
Lebanon packed it in with a record of 4-6.