LHS shocks Oakland
Oakland was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated and left Wilson County 7-1 / 4-1 in the region.
"Wow, what a defensive performance," said LHS coach Bobby Brown, "and then our offense did the job by staying on the field, converting third downs and grinding down their defense."
Lebanon’s fired-up defensive crew limited Oakland to 169 yards in total offense and didn’t surrender a first down until 1:02 was left in the third quarter.
All told, the Blue Devils out-snapped Oakland 79-38 as the lead exchanged hand four times.
"That kept the ball away from them and at the same time, wore down their defensive front. They were subbing linemen in all night and at the end, we had enough left to win it," Brown said.
With tailback Jacob Maynard nursing a sore knee, Lebanon operated out of the shotgun spread most of the night with Matthew Maynard throwing the ball all over the lot.
Maynard finished 20-of-42 passing for 229 yards and no interceptions. The senior also rushed 21 times for 53 yards and both LHS scores.
He completed passes to six different receivers, none bigger than a 22-yard strike to his brother Jacob down to the Oakland five on a fourth and 19 to set up the game-winning score.
"We sent four receivers vertical, hoping to draw their safeties wide," Coach Brown said, "it worked and Matthew threw a strike to Jacob."
Matthew Maynard ran the ball in from the four for the go-ahead touchdown with :30 seconds left in the game.
Lebanon finished with 332 yards in total offense and 20 first downs. Oakland managed just four first downs and 92 yards rushing on 24 attempts.
The Blue Devils will be on the road Oct. 24 at Region 4, 5A rival Blackman High.