Shannon scores 5 touchdowns
LEBANON – Lebanon's wild 45-33 victory over LaVergne Friday at Tribble Field / Watkins Stadium resembled a track meet more than a football game as the teams combined for an incredible 841 yards in total offense and 38 first downs.
It was certainly not for the faint of heart.
The win was Lebanon's first of the season (1-2) and allowed Blue Devil head coach Chuck Gentry to breath a deep sigh of relief.
“It was good to get that monkey off our back,” Gentry said. “It's been a little stressful around here, but I'm proud that we played hard once again.
“We didn't play smart at times … we did some things we can't do and expect to win football games. Our kids know it, our coaches know it and we'll discuss it over the weekend, and get it fixed on Monday.”
The Blue Devils mounted leads of 18 points in the third period and 17 in the fourth, only to see the never-say-die LaVergne outfit answer with scores of their own.
In a game where no lead was safe and every kicking situation was an adventure, Lebanon's Dequantay Shannon was a stabilizing force for the home team.
The senior rose to the occasion with 172 yards rushing on 23 carries and scored five times on runs of 16, 5, 9, 4 and 31 yards.
Along the way, he passed Carlos Gaines to become Lebanon's top ground gainer in at least the last half century with 2,465 yards.
“Dequantay has grown up a lot,” Gentry said. “His balance and his vision make him special. He's still nursing his hamstring a little.”
LaVergne opened the game with an 11-play, 70-yard scoring drive that ended with a 3-yard scoring flip from Lavandrea Webb to Kevian Taylor in the flat for a 7-0 lead at the 6:48 mark – the only time the Wolverines would lead.
Following a short LaVergne punt later in the period, Lebanon knotted the score with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter as Shannon tallied from 16 yards out on an off-tackle run.
The Blue Devils scored back-to-back touchdowns as Jalen Abston eluded a would-be sack and found Jarred Hall running free on the boundary for a 47-yard pitch and catch mid-way though the second quarter.
Right before intermission, Lebanon drove 80 yards in 9 plays and scored with 00:12 left on the clock as Shannon bulled in from 5 yards out.
However, two missed PAT's sent the Blue Devils into intermission up only 19-7.
LaVergne took advantage of a Lebanon miscue on the second half kickoff as Greg Bush hustled down and recovered the ball at the LHS 1.
Ray Banner rammed in a 1-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage and with Rodrigo Majano's PAT, the Wolverines had trimmed the lead to just 19-14 with only two seconds off the clock.
Lebanon answered with a 6 play, 55-yard drive that ended in another Shannon touchdown, this one from 9 yards out to push his team ahead 25-14.
After an exchange of punts, Lebanon's Will Seats hauled in a pass over the middle, shook off two defenders and scooted 57 yards to pay dirt, moving his team to 32-14 with 6:34 remaining in the third period.
Following a shanked Lebanon punt, LaVergne took over at the Blue Devil 29 and scored three plays later on Banner's 10-yard run – slicking the lead to 32-21 with 10:37 left in regulation.
The rest of the fourth quarter went back and forth as Lebanon's Shannon scored touchdowns and LaVergne dented the scoreboard with a 40-yard TD pass from Webb to Isaiah Banner (5:46 remaining) and tightend Tim Lymon's 18-yard touchdown reception from Webb with 00:26 to go.
On the night, Webb completed 19-of-37 pass attempts for 213 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and was picked off once.
Banner finished with 119 yards on 22 carries and scored twice.
Lebanon's Abston, just a sophomore, completed 12-of-20 for 176, two scores and did not throw an interception.
Eli Clemmons paced the Blue Devil defensive effort with five tackles for loss and a couple of quarterback sacks while Copeland Bradford and Brandon Martin delivered punishing stops at or near the line of scrimmage.
LaVergne, now 2-2 on the field, is scheduled to host Stewarts Creek Friday, Sept. 18 at Freedom Field.
Lebanon returns to Region 4, 6A play that same night at Hendersonville.
Lebanon 45, LaVergne 33
LaVergne 7 0 7 19 -- 33
Lebanon 7 12 13 13 -- 45
Scoring summary -
LaV - Kevian Taylor 3 pass from Lavandrea Webb. Rodgigo Majano kick. 6:48 first quarter. 11 plays, 70 yards.
Leb - Dequantay Shannon 16 run. Sean Redmon kick. 2:07 first quarter. 1 play, 16 yards.
Leb - Jarred Hall 47 pass from Jalen Abston. Kick failed. 5:29 second quarter. 8 plays, 80 yards.
Leb - Shannon 5 run. Kick failed. 00:12 second quarter. 9 plays, 80 yards.
LaV - Ray Banner 1 run. Mejano kick. 11:58 third quarter. 1 play, 1 yard.
Leb - Shannon 9 run. Pass failed. 10:31 third quarter. 6 plays, 65 yards.
Leb - Will Seats 57 pass from Abston. Redmon kick. 6:35 third quarter. 4 plays, 55 yards.
LaV - Banner 10 run. Mejano kick. 10:37 fourth quarter. 3 plays, 29 yards.
Leb - Shannon 4 run. Kick failed. 10:14 fourth quarter. 2 plays, 32 yards.
LaV - Isaiah Banner 40 pass from Webb. Kick blocked. 5:46 fourth quarter. 5 plays, 58 yards.
Leb - Shannon 331 run. redmon kick. 2:52 fourth quarter. 3 plays, 36 yards.
LaV - Tim Lymon 18 pass from Webb. Kick failed. 00:26 fourth quarter. 10 plays, 75 yards.
The teams combined for 841 yards in total offense and 38 first downs.
Lav - 407 in offense and 22 first downs.
Leb - 434 in offense and 17 first downs.
LaV - 213 yards passing on 19-of-37, 3 TD, 1 INT all by Webb
LaV - 194 rushing on 35 attempts. Ray Banner ran 22 times for 119 and 2 TD
Leb - 176 passing on 12-of-20m 2 TD's, 0 INTs
Leb - 258 rushing on 34 attempts. Dequantay Shannon 172 yards on 23 attempts and 5 TD