LAVERGNE-- The LaVergne Wolverines and the Lebanon Blue Devils played a thriller at Freedom Field Friday night and the Blue Devils held off the Wolverines running out the clock late 28-27.
LaVergne scored to cut it to one with a little over four minutes to go, but on the extra point, a bad snap forced the holder to scramble and he was tackled by the Lebanon defense to preserve their one point lead.
"I should have went for two there to try and win it," La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens said. "I second guess myself at home and I should have went for the win."
Lebanon got the ball back and proceeded to run out the clock with the help of their offensive line and La'Quentin Hearn, who had five of his 13 carries on the final drive totaling 31 yards.
"It does not matter in the stats. A win is a win is a win and I will take it," Lebanon coach Chuck Gentry said. "I told my offensive line let's go win this and not give them the ball back,"
There were a lot of penalties early as 10 penalties were given out in the first quarter alone.
Lebanon scored first on a 10-yard pass from Breeze Copas to Daniel Davila to make the score 7-0.
It was the first of three touchdown passes for Copas on the night.
Lebanon's next score came from their defense as La Vergne had back-to-back false start penalties that backed the Wolverines up in their own end. On the next play, LaVandrea Webb scrambled and threw an interception to Kemontez Logue, who returned it for a score to make it 14-0 Blue Devils.
La Vergne got on the scoreboard on a pass from Webb to Isiah Banner.
Lebanon scored two more times before the first half horn sounded. The first one came off Copas' arm of 68 yards to Levi Sampson. The other score came on a Copas pass of 21 yards to Dalton Woods.
For the game, Copas was 5 of 9 for 109 yards and the three touchdowns and two second half interceptions.
La Vergne scored at the halftime horn as Webb found Dagem Samuel from four yards to cut Lebanon's lead to 28-14.
Lebanon's offense was bogged down in the second half. La Vergne, however, scored twice in the fourth quarter/
First, the Wolverines scored on a 10-yard pass from Webb to Keydon Gardner, who had seven catches for 85 yards. It was set up by an interception by Eric Gooch.
The second score came off an interception as well, this one by Josh Cartwright that led to a 10-yard run by Raymond Banner.
Lebanon and La Vergne are both 2-2 on the season and will step into region play next week. La Vergne goes to Stewarts Creek and Lebanon will host Hendersonville on the Friday Night Lights game of the week.
"It will be at home under the lights and the TV lights," Gentry said."It's a region ball game with a lot of marbles and things on the table."