Mt. Juliet defensive coordinator Trey Perry was promoted to the top spot after his father Roger Perry decided to step down following by-pass surgery. With the resignation of last years offensive coordinator just after the TSSAA dead period -- the elder Perry has been pressed into duty as play caller.
Lebanon is under the direction of Kentucky high school legend Sam Harp, who went 326-106 in a 32-year career in the Bluegrass State. His teams at Danville High reached the state finals 10 times, bringing home seven championships.
Thursdays game marks the 37th consecutive meeting between the two Wilson County teams since the rivalry was renewed in 1977.
MJHS has won each of the last four contests to take a 20-16 lead in the series. Lebanons last victory came in 2008, a 41-21 win at Mt. Juliet.
JAMBOREE -- Mt. Juliet is coming off a 14-0 win over Greenwood, Ky. in two quarters of play in the 25th annual Tobacco Bowl Jamboree at Hartsvilles Satterfield Stadium.
The Golden Bears chalked up a defensive score as Thomas Harmon returned a pick for a TD. Nolan Chowbay threw a 50-yard touchdown to Logan Hyde for the other score.
LHS did not play in a jamboree, but had a solid showing in a scrimmage at Riverdale early last week.Off-site parking available, advance tickets Lebanon High fans can purchase their single game, general admission tickets for Thursday night's season-opener vs. Mt. Juliet today and Thursday.General admission tickets are $6 each and will be on sale between the hours of 8 am-2 pm in the LHS main office. Fans are adivsed to see Cindy Climer for tickets.
The Lebanon High athletic department is taking a proactive step in order to ease traffic flow and parking for the "Thursday Night Lights" game.
Free off-site parking and a shuttle ride will be available for fans of both football programs in the parking lots at College Hills Church of Christ and Fairview Church -- both located on Leeville Pike just around the corner from LHS -- beginning at 5 p.m.
"We want to offer all the fans a hassle-free parking experience for what we're hoping will be an outstanding start to the 2013 season," said Lebanon High athletic director Darian Brown.
A pregame tailgate party will be held between the hours of 5 and 6:45 p.m. at the patio on the South side of the main building. A catered meal will be provided for $7 per person with proceeds going to the Blue Devil football program.
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